Day 3 - May 15th 2009
15.05.2009 - 15.05.2009 25 °C
Breakfast. Anthonio came by in the morning to take us out for breakfast. We ate pastries and croquets. My mouth is drooling just writing this. The croquets here are my favourite and they have so many varieties that it is veritably impossible to get sick of them. I tried to pay the bill but they wouldn’t take my money, Anthonio pulled rank. Thanks mate. He then gave us a guided tour of the new beach development in Costa De Caparica. A couple of kilometres of shops and restaurants on the beachside. They must have pumped a heap of money into it. Looks great now but it’ll be even better when it is finished.
Belem. We caught the ferry to Belem. Another beautiful and historic part of Lisbon. We spent a good 6 hours just walking around and still didn’t get enough. There is a patisserie here that is famous for it’s Pastais de Nata (custard tarts), it’s a secret recipe that has been passed down for over a hundred years. Delectable. Small, crispy and warm. Like a crème Brule served in pastry, really really good. They also served croquets so you can guess what else was on the menu. We came back twice in six hours.
Sights of Belem. They were plentiful. Torre De Belem, Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos and Padraodos Descobrimentos were the standouts. I know I said in a previous posting that the Blue Mosque was the most amazing man made structure I had ever seen. I still stand by that in terms of the exterior but the interior of the Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos blew all else away. Stunning.
Lisbon. From Belem we caught a tram to Praca de Commercio in the heart of Lisbon. A spot of shopping and Vicki was re-energised. It’s funny how she can be pale, grumpy and tired one minute and almost instantly revitalised the next. I’ve heard of retail therapy but that is just ridiculous. There was a festival of sorts in one of the town squares. There I had a Gingha (cherry liqueur) but this time in a dark chocolate cup. Now that was superb. Sorry Gabi, you would have loved it.
Drinks. Sandra met us in Lisbon for some pre-dinner drinks. We went to a nice little bar in the backstreets of Lisbon. Vicki and Sandra drank a local delicacy. Can’t remember the name but it essentially consisted of Vodka with crushed strawberries and lime. The girls were downing them pretty quickly.
Dinner. Portuguese dining. The food was great. Nothing but fish for me after the huge amount of meat we consumed in Turkey and luckily got to sample the famous Portuguese dish, Baccalau. Tremendous. Vicki on the other hand surprisingly opted for a pig based dish, black pig to be specific. No need to wash that plate.
Sandra refused to join us for dinner unless we allowed her to pay. It really wasn't necessary after all she had already done for us but again it was appreciated. We loved Lisbon and the experience could not have hit the highs it did without your help and hospitality. Thanks again mate. We hope to repay the favour in Melbourne sometime soon!