Santuário de Cristo Rei (Christ the King) welcomed us to Lisbon as our train rolled into the city. And we couldn't think of a better welcome than the one given to us by our AirBnB host. Pedro and his friends were barbecuing 120 fresh Sardines on coals in a brick oven. Daniel, from Cape Verde, made us delicious Cachupa (a stew with meats, maize and other veggies) and let us sip some grogue (sugar cane rum). And another friend made a deadly Madeira Poncha. We contributed pan-fried bananas drizzled in dark chocolate. Great food and great company! They taught us about Biodanza (the dance of life), a dance where you move to relaxing music to develop more self awareness. And they had lots of tips on the best things to see and do in the city. The highlights were:
• Jeronimos - a great gothic monastery and World Heritage Site symbolizing Portugals Age of Discovery.
• Pasteis de Belem - delicious egg tart pastries first made by the Order of Jeronimos. Egg whites were used for starching monastery clothes, so egg yolks and imported cane sugar were easily available.
• The old Trolley up to Castelo de San JorgeRead more