All posts tagged: Portugal

Essential Portugal

Despite how little I knew about the place, Portugal had been calling my name for some time. The place had me dreaming of sunny hills with beautiful orange orchards maybe because Portugal sounds like the Romanian word for orange –Portocală. So Noodle and I decided to make the trip there this spring. Portugal is a small country which makes exploring it quite easy and affordable. We arrived in Lisbon and got on the airport shuttle to city centre. We were delighted that our hotel,  Residencial Alegria, was located on a quiet street overlooking a small park that even the local homeless seemed to enjoy. Without a direction in mind, we walked the streets of Lisbon and took in the city life on board Tram28. We visited Prazeres Cemetery and walked among the beautiful mausoleums that rest some of Portugal’s prominent people. We spent the next two days visiting the neighboring cities of Sintra and Cascais. The morning of our trip to Sintra, we had breakfast at a Lisbon street cafe and made sure to stock up on pasteis de nata (custard tarts) for the trip. Only 45 minutes by train from Lisbon, Sintra …