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Portugal! Oh The Sweets… & Other Treats!

HilaryStyle One of the more fun and interesting things about visiting a new place is trying the traditional foods! Sometimes you love them and sometimes you don’t, but either way, memories are made! We definitely found some gems while visiting Portugal! The Sweets! We wasted no time getting started as upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted by a lovely tray of Pastel de Nata, a flaky pastry shell filled with egg custard, which is the most famous of all the Portuguese desserts. We soon discovered that these lovely little gems were available just about everywhere! Having never heard of them before it was funny that only one week before my trip, my mom told me she had just had the most amazing desert at a local restaurant, a Portuguese Tart! The most famous place to get Pastel de Nata is also where they originate from. Pasteis de Belem is located in the neighborhood of the… View original post 587 more words

Day Seventy-Two and -Three: Porto Character

Originally posted on Chasing James:
Porto, our final stop in Portugal would prove to be a gem. From port tasting (naturally) to cruising the Rio Douro, Porto enchanted us with its beautiful bridges, old buildings (naturally) and colorful streets. We left Lisbon, and along with it some good friends made on the tour. Our first destination of the day was Sintra, a fairy-tale town with stunning palaces and manors surrounded by the beautiful surrounding countryside. We had the option of visiting some of the palaces but we decided to go to the nearby, cheap Quinta da Regaleira (best life decision ever). This neo-Manueline (yes that’s an architectural style) manor and it’s amazingly mystical gardens was a highlight of the trip. Our favourite part was exploring the gardens with their hidden fountains, caves and tunnels, but most of all, the initiation well, Poço Iniciáto, for which this town is most famous for. A beautiful town (unfortunately filled with hordes of tourists) and a definite must visit. ? Initiation well ?? Team Sintra ?? Beautiful countryside surrounding…