Friday May 22, 2015
Well today is the last day before we head home. Yesterday we finished up the last of our media visits and today is ours to do as we please. While we have been in Lisbon we have had a hard time finding shop and restaurants to go to. Our hotel is more in the business section of Lisbon, therefore there are a lot less shop and restaurants.
So as today got started all I wanted to do was explore some shops around Lisbon, and that is exactly what we did. This morning we headed off to Sintra, a huge tourist spot that had a bunch of little shops! I was pretty excited because I love shopping at these little shops around town. Looking around you can pretty much find anything you could want in terms of souvenirs, and not all souvenirs and cheap and poorly made. Here in Lisbon a good majority of their products they offer and hand made in Portugal by Portuguese people. Truly unique and wonderful to see. I will say that I have found some great gifts that are just completely unique to Portugal!
After spending about 2 hours at the shop we headed back to the bus to go to a great scenic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. So we started driving, and driving, going through these mountain areas and winding roads. Finally after about a 15 minute drive, we reached the top of this where we could overlook the ocean. It was a spectacular sight to see and took my breath away, and also for the fact that we were so high up haha! Our tour guide told us that a few years ago that a couple went past the railings they have up, and up on the little cliff it gets very windy. So they were taking a picture together and a gust of wind knocked them right off the cliff, unfortunately they did not survive. Therefore our tour guide warned us of not going past the railings, so I made sure to keep my distance.
Following our excursion to this beautiful spot for pictures, we headed down to the beach. Again we had the afternoon to ourselves to get lunch and shop. Let me tell you, I am taking advantage of both of those! Portugal has wonderful seafood, well of course they do, and they are right on the shore. Restaurants literally have nets hanging off the dock right behind their restaurant to catch fish and other creatures in the sea for us to eat. It is as fresh as fresh can get, I am in Portugal so I am taking advantage of that!
It was Ashley, Anthony and I, and we were on the hunt for a restaurant that had oysters, well just Anthony and I, Ash isn’t a fan. We found this cute little restaurant to eat at and started off with a dozen of their fresh oysters. They were the most delicious and fresh oysters I have ever eating in my life. Plus they were huge too! Not the little scrawny ones you get in the states, these ones were plump! Anthony and I slurped them down pretty quick, we did not waste any time.
After looking at their menu, I couldn’t decide as what to have, I wanted to try something I have eaten here yet. Last night I has fish so I was looking for something different. As my eyes were scrolling over the menu I saw an option for mussels Spanish style. Spanish style, has a thin tomato broth with onions and parsley. These mussels came in a kettle, with the broth under them and topped with parsley. This dish was to die for, I will be forever dreaming of this dish! You better believe that I ate every single one of those mussels too! The broth was perfect for dipping my bread in. My trip to Portugal was now complete.
After eating we headed down to sit on the beach. It was warm but also very windy, so for that reason we stayed in our clothes and opted out of our swimsuits. It was nice just being able to sit on the beach and not having a care in the world. It was such a relaxing day. The three of us sat there for the afternoon and reflected about the trip. I truly wish we had more days available to us so we could go and explore each city more and take in the beautiful culture. I guess when I decide to travel again I will make the decisions as to where to travel, and making sure I give myself plenty time at each city.
Following our day at the beach we attended a Fado show to end our trip. A Fado is commonly regarded as simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain traditional structure. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation and fatefulness.
It is hard to believe that today is our last day here in Europe, I had some great experiences and can’t wait to explore more of Europe!
Thanks to everyone who followed this blog!
We have arrive safe in the states and we are glad to be back! But we will miss it and each other!
The flight from Lisbon to Philadelphia was long, about 7 hours. But the moment our wheels touched down in Pittsburgh, it was a bitter sweet moment.
I am still running on Lisbon time and have been up for about 20 hours so far.
So with that I bid you farewell, and thank you again for all of your prayers and keeping us in your thoughts. Buenas noches y adios
(Goodnight and goodbye)