Category Portugal

To Sintra

An Afternoon in Sintra

The train to Sintra was about an hour ride from Lisbon.  The train station in Sintra is on the outskirts of the town, not very close to any of the sights.  There are people waiting to catch the tourists leaving the station, to sell you tickets for a hop on/hop off bus service throughout the […]

The cloisters of the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Day 3 dawned with a twinge of sadness.  It was my last day in Portugal, a place I had quickly grown to love.  For a moment I wished I had planned for longer in Portugal, but I quickly reminded myself of all of the adventures to come on my trek through southern Europe.  I got […]

Farol de Santa Maria

Cascais and Belem

In the afternoon I took the metro to the Cais do Sodré train station.  I wanted to catch the train to the Belem area to see the explorers’ monument, the little tower there, and the Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos.  From there, I planned on getting back on the train and continuing down the track to the little […]

The azujelos lined cloisters

In Search of the Thieves’ Market

I was up bright and early on day two.  My tuk tuk driver had told me about the flea market that they had on Tuesday mornings, and where it was, next to the Panteao Nacional, which used to be the Church of Santa Engrácia, but was converted in the 20th century to a pantheon for famous […]

The view from my table of Bairro Alto

Solo in Lisbon

After my time at the castle, I started wandering back down the hill.   I soon found myself drawn into a little garden area next to the church of Santa Luzia, called the Miradouro de Santa Luzia.  The exterior walls of the church were covered with azujelos, the blue and white painted tile mosaics you […]


Tuk Tuk’ing in Lisbon

After wandering past the Santa Justa Lift, I continued down the street I was on, turned onto the next, strolled down the next…  Eventually I found myself on the square, Praça da Figueira (Square of the Fig Tree).  It is a large square with a bronze statue of D. João I de Portugal.  The highlight for […]

Santa Justa Lift

Lisboa – My Kind of Paradise!

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you might remember me mentioning traveling through southern Europe back in the summer for two weeks…  Well, here I go on catching you guys up on that adventure!  Which it was, without a doubt, an amazing adventure!  I spent 15 days on the […]