"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."
"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"
"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."