"19 miles outside of Lisbon is the coastal town of Cascais. This fishing village was made famous by the royal family who established a vacation home there and frequented often during the 19th century and early 20th century. Before you arrive into the city center, you come across the rocky coast with the jaw-dropping views of the waters. Photography won't ever really capture how gorgeous this area is. I believe that this is one of those spots where you just have to allow yourself to breath and be to really take it in fully."
"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"
"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."
"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!"
"Chocolate Cake and Espresso break at LX Factory, Lisbon
I often work here when we're in Lisbon. They have a great co-working space as well as media firms, galleries and cute cafes.
This place, Landeau chocolates, or the gelato place, make for a great afternoon break."
"Inside LX Factory, Lisbon
They also have a little bar here where you can have wine and charcuterie.
Great break from working over at CoWork Lisboa"
"This place has many things to offer. Though it is a little bit far away from Lisbon city center, I'm sure it's worth your trip. You can visit Cristo Rei, which is similar to the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro. This statue stands over 100 meters tall on the opposite bank of the Tejo River from downtown Lisbon. Views from the top of the statue are breathtaking. In addition, you can have great view of Ponte 25 de Abril, the sister bridge of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. I was delightful to know that the two bridges were designed by the same talented architect."
"..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."
"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."