Portugal Highlights. Day 1

I'm really enjoying this autumn - somehow I finally have a bit of free time, which wasn't the case in the summer. The summer was too hectic to be able to keep up with everything which was going on - travel for work, travel for pleasure, work back in Gdansk and catching up to do... and all the people visiting here in Gdansk... plus of course blogging :) Good times, but very very busy... Now I think I'm in a calm phase of reflection and am very much enjoying the slower pace of life.

I have finally found the time to start going through all the pictures brought from this summer travels - and there are a lot of amazing places to talk about. I already have some posts about Portugal - and it deserves even more attention - as it was a real discovery for me. Definitely a place to go back to and explore in every detail!

If you are in Lisbon one of the great places to go to enjoy some sea food is Cervejaria Trindade - a historical traditional beer house with lovely interiors and even better food.


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And afterwards a perfect place to go to enjoy a cup of coffee or ginginha - the tasty Portuguese liqueur - is the famous literary cafe A Brasileira.


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Don't forget to pace the streets of Lisbon by night to indulge in the cosy atmosphere of this historical city and taste some grilled sardines prepared right on the streets - they are too good to pass by without trying!


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You can start your morning from a trip to Mafra - a beautiful town 28 km North-West from the center of Lisbon. A must see there is the Baroque Mafra Palace with its fabulous interiors and artifacts.


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The building also includes a major library, with about 40,000 rare books.


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After that take a trip to a little town of Ericeira - previously a fishermen village, which later on developed into a picturesque summer resort.


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Beautiful beaches, tiny restaurants with fresh and delicious typical food, lots of blue-white coloured fishermen houses and azulejos all around - a perfect retreat from the busy life of a big city!


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On the way back from Ericeira to Lisbon you need to make a stop to visit a tiny city - an imitation of real rural houses created by a Portuguese enthusiast on his own property (unfortunately I can't remember either the name of the architect or even how the place is called :( ...) Can you please help me out? :)


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And finally spend a nice evening back in Lisbon itself enjoying beautifully illuminated historical sights.


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Take a metro on the way back - every station is skillfully decorated with modern azulejos and the metropolitain itself is very modern and not crowded.


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On the final note of this post - very warm greetings to dear friends TI and Ze without whom this great trip wouldn't be possible!

4 comments:

Diatton said...

You described Portugal very nice with your text and your photos! It's like you bought us the tickets for this mind trip!

Viagens pelo Mundo said...

Dear Olga,
It's so nice to remember the wonderful week we shared together. The pictures are beautiful and surely they were taken by beautiful friends. The small village you don't recall is called "Sobreiro" and the ceramist is called "José Franco". If you'd like more details you can see many pictures on this site:
http://www.pbase.com/diasdosreis/mafra_jose_franco
You could start thinking on coming next year. We could go this time to our family house in the south - Algarve. You are more than welcome. Lots of love for you both TI

Arkadiusz said...

Ti, we had a great time together and these impressions will stay with us forever, but they wouldn't be so fantastic without you, Ze and all that you showed us. You both made our first visit to Portugal so special.
Thank you very much for the invitation, we'd love to come, but you need to promise me to visit us before. :)
Wish you a great week,
Arek

juanitatortilla said...

You have given us such a great tour Olga. I will definitely look you up for a perfect itinerary should I ever get to visit Lisbon+

Those pictures are gorgeous and breathtaking...