Our last stop on the graduation trip.
We spent our last fews days in Lisbon, Portugal, aka Lisboa. We stayed in a really spacious two bedroom apartment in a great location and we enjoyed it! We took day trips to Belém where we saw some awesome sculptures and local artists, and to Sintra where we saw some of the beautiful countryside and explored a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I’ll admit, I was practically exhausted, missing my puppy and partied way too late one day here so I did not get the full experience of Lisboa. The night life is pretty great though, I met some French guys and we had a blast at the bars. But I have no idea where the bars are, I didn’t write down any of the names unforutnalrety. I also had a hard time finding food I actually enjoyed; so Lisboa was my least favorite compared with Spain and Morocco on this four part trip.
Lisboa has great gelato, amazing historical sites, tons of shopping, and the people are very friendly.
One thing I can hands down say that Lisboa has the best of is sidewalks. They had such intricate designs and patterns all over. This is one city where it is okay to look down at your feet while you wander around.
We saw the Belém Tower.
We hopped on a slightly crowded bus to Belém. There is some badass architecture in Portugal, and Belém has a lot to offer! The Tower of Belém is the city’s icon and a symbol of the Age of Discovery. As we walked along the seaside promenade we admired the architecture, the boats passing by, and the other tourists.
I love watching local craftsman work.
Below is a picture of a local craftsman’s work. This artist here was right around the Henry the Navigator Statue and I managed to sneak a picture of his handiwork. He takes coins from all over the world and cuts through the empty space and outlines the design within the coin. So when its finished, you have a coin with the design etched out. It was awesome to actually watch him cut the designs out of the coins.
A day trip to the historic town of Sintra.
An easy train ride from Lisboa will get you to the town of Sintra, where there are some awesome sights to see! Sintra is known for its many 19th-century romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We walked to the Quinta da Regaleira, which is similar to the botanic gardens we have here in Fort Worth but with an epic castle and ancient ritual wells on the property. “The property consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park that features lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite vegetation. The palace is also known as “The Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire”, which is based on the nickname of its best known former owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro” (all that from Wikipedia, thanks dude).
It was awesome being surrounded by nature all day here, I split up with my parents and just walked along the paths and enjoyed the scenery. I even found a place to meditate here. That’s how peaceful and beautiful it was.
Travel tip #4: Go to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra!
This was a fantastic trip to Europe and Africa with my parents. Spain was absolutely hands down my favorite, but of course I enjoyed every party of this trip. I cannot wait to go back to Europe!
onward and upward,
traveled during September of 2015