"Another must is the out-of-town visit to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site less than half an hour from Lisbon. A lot of out-of-towners come here to take in the sights of the Moorish Castle and the National Palace of Sintra, just to name a few. This town is like a scene from a fairytale, and even with all the rain during the time of my visit, I couldn't help but feel like I was walking through the pages of a storybook. You can drive (though it can be really difficult to park and a bit congested) or take a train from Lisbon. Of course, the tour offers a comfortable coach and driver, so you don't have to worry about any of those details."
"Aah! this was an amazing moment for us. Aarit (3 years at the time) got really friend with Miguel, who with his unbridled enthusiasm spent a great amount of time with him. Miguel was one of our tour guides (We Hate Tourism Tours) and was quirky and a lot of fun..
Aarit and he had great conversations about cars (his favorite being the Fokk-swah-gun)..
For one of the very few times I could see Aarit with teary eyes when our whole-day tour got over.
Its amazing how and where we find the human connections that last us a lifetime.. Thank you Miguel!"
"This place may not be on many packaged Sintra tours, but is a must see! Gardens, castles, wells, underground labyrinths... it's part natural wonder, part fever dream. Bring a flashlight to get through the catacombs."
"..at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal.
The entire garden of this palace is full of secret passages and hidden entrances and labyrinths. Built by a 19th century Portuguese millionaire who was entranced by stories of Templars and secret societies. Fun for kids too. They even give you a small flashlight when you enter the gardens."
"Portugal's take on the Golden Gate Bridge. A little piece of San Francisco is here with me after all...
Celebrating Natalia Rivero-Fernández's birthday in Belém, Lisboa."
"Torre de Belém (Belém Tower), a fortified tower near Lisboa, very nice!
I have been there years ago, I remember all the details, including a strong wind.
Photo's not mine"
"The food in Lisbon is delicious. Take my word for it. I ate plenty to prove it. One of the spots to put on the list are Pastéis de Belém, a treat that has been a part of the general Lisbon culinary culture since 1837. These warm cream pastries prepared daily with over 150 employees working at this establishment by the same name, to serve 20,000 of them during the week days and 50,000 during the weekends! I get it though, they are yummy!"
"One of the must-do's of Lisbon is the Monument to the DIscoveries. Hard to imagine the intestinal fortitude those men must have had to sail off into the then unknown ... The monument is impressive ... I love the serpentine paving around the structure. The site is easily reached on the trolley."
"I honestly do not remember the first concert I saw because it was too early, but I can tell you my experience on the most important concert I saw, it was in 1990, in Lisbon and changed my life forever!
June 10, 1990, city: Lisbon Venue: Estadio José Alvalade
Opening Act: The Black Crowes, lead artist. The Rolling Stones
Result: It changed my life.
I had never seen a stage so big in a concert, it was incredible to enter the stadium and see that giant stage.
First big surprise, the Black Crowes, barely a year of existence but already were very good on stage, they played is first album "Shake Your Money Maker"
After them, the stage was ready and they came ... the mythical and now legends, The Rolling Stones!!
It was an unforgettable concert by the impact it had on me, if I already liked the music, after that I breathe music!
I'm considered by family and friends as a music lover and part of that is because of this very concert.
I worked in the music industry for 15 a lot because of that concert, I knew I wanted to work on those productions.
As a famous philosopher said "Without music, life would be a mistake" to me this sentence is a life philosophy.
Only later I discovered the importance that this band had for modern music and to American music in particular, but even at that time I saw that rock and roll was my thing.
Thanks Keith, Ronnie, Charlie and Mick."