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2 days in Lisbon – Part 2

Our second day is Lisbon was the most wonderful – touristy but still worth remembering – single day spent in a European city (which is saying a lot, as our travel style is usually laid-back as opposed to go-go-go). This is because on day 2, we discovered Belem! Belem is a specific area of Lisbon, not terribly far from the main squares, and we took public transport (bus in this case) to get there. Belem is a popular tourist destination because of more than a few historic gems in very close proximity.

Street art that we encountered on our way to Belem

Street art that we encountered on our way to Belem

 

Our first stop was this iconic cafe called Pasteis de Belem. Both Sachin, my husband, and I has received recommendations from separate people back at home to visit this cafe. And the dish to have in Pasteis de Belem is their one-of-a-kind Portugese pastries which is like a rich crusted custard. Do not be deterred by the crowds on the outside, we were told by our “recommenders”, the cafe has plenty of seating inside. And this turned out to be quite true. The cafe justifiably was crowded, but we were seated immediately. Pasteis de Belem is a must visit for its very Portuguese feel of lovely blue and white tiles, and of course the pastries.

Sachin outside Pasteis de Belem

Sachin outside Pasteis de Belem

 

More from inside the cafe.

More from inside the cafe.

 

Then, unto the next stop, the vision that had attracted me to Belem in the first place – Torre de Belem. Torre De Belem is the glorious white castle like structure right on the River Tagus (Rio Tejo). After taking its glorious Portuguese-gothic style architecture from a distance, we paid for the tickets to take the few stairs to the 2 different terraces, and fully soaked in the April afternoon. The Tower along with the nearby JeronimosΒ Monastery, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Torre de Belem (Belem Tower), Lisbon

Torre de Belem (Belem Tower), Lisbon

The turrets, the statues and the laced stonework of the limestone Tower.

The turrets, the statues and the laced stonework of the limestone Tower.

Looking down from the upper terrace unto the lower terrace and the River Tagus

Looking down from the upper terrace unto the lower terrace and the River Tagus

 

After taking countless pictures of and selfies with the Torre de Belem, we finally pulled ourselves away and walked over to the Monument to the Discoveries. The Monument, which has 33 statues etched in it, is dedicated to Portugese explorers and discoverers, including Vasco Da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, who put Portugal on the map as a maritime power to be reckoned with. At the Monument, you can pay a minimal amount and take the elevator to reach the top observation deck (which we certainly did, because, after all, there was an elevator!). While we did not go inside, we admired from outside the Jeronimos Monastery, built in limestone and similar architectural style as the Torre de Belem.

The Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon

The Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon

The Jeronimos Monastry, Lisbon

The Jeronimos Monastry, Lisbon

 

It was late afternoon by this time, but still we wanted to make the most of our last day in Lisbon. So, we bid farewell to Belem, and hopped on the bus to the Lisbon Aquarium. The highlight for us was the part where you are walking on a transparent floors in a room with transparent walls, and you see giant turtles swimming under you feet and beside you. In another enclosure, you can see penguins frolicking about, another big hit with us! We also caught glimpse of the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest bridge in Europe.

Turtles beneath us at the Lisbon Aquarium

Turtles beneath us at the Lisbon Aquarium

Happy feet at the Acquarium

Happy feet at the Acquarium

The Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, from a distance

The Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, from a distance

 

It was late evening when we headed back to Lisbon’s historic city center. As we were roaming in the squares, catching the last glimpses of the walls of the Lisbon Castle from below, we saw a big queue outside a shop that appeared to be giving away free samples of a home-grown liquor. The liquor turned out to be a sweet cherry brandy called “ginha”, and while the shots were not free, they cost a very nominal amount and the shop was A Ginjinha, also quite famous. We patiently waited in line and happily drank the offered drink, toasting to the two wonderful days spent in this beautiful, elegant and sunny city!

 

Final evening in Lisboa

Final evening in Lisboa

A last glimpse of the Lisbon Castle

A last glimpse of the Lisbon Castle

The Santa Justa lift, lit up in the evening

The Santa Justa lift, lit up in the evening

 

Stopping for a shot of cherry brandy at A Ginjinha

Stopping for a shot of cherry brandy at A Ginjinha

 

For more on Lisbon, click here: 2 days in Lisbon – Part 1.

 

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  1. I’ve never been to Lisbon – clearly I need to! Beautiful pictures and enticing words πŸ™‚

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    December 13, 2014
    • Thank you, Osyth! I loved the snow falling on your blog, so pretty! Wish you a wonderful holiday season πŸ™‚

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      December 13, 2014
      • Joyeux fetes a vous aussi Shikha πŸ™‚

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        December 13, 2014
  2. A beautiful narration with lovely pictures! Your description is detailed and useful, I’d love to keep this exciting place this on the back-burner. Regards Shikha πŸ™‚

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    December 13, 2014
    • Thank you for your kind words, Dilip Sir! Lisbon does have a lot to offer…

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      December 13, 2014
  3. Wow, great photos! Never thought Lisbon would be so pretty, how wrong was I! Now I’m looking forward to seeing it πŸ™‚

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    December 13, 2014
    • Thank you, Isabel for stopping by and reading! I am sure Lisbon is not too long a plane ride from Slovenia πŸ™‚ I am sure you will eventually make your way there… let me know first hand how you feel about it.

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      December 13, 2014
  4. Sounds wonderful! We went to Lisbon as part of a Spain & Portugal tour many years ago and it is all a blur. Need to return and do it at leisure someday.

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    December 13, 2014
    • Thanks Madhu for stopping by πŸ™‚ I felt Lisbon had a much leisurely pace than other capital cities of Europe πŸ™‚

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      December 13, 2014
  5. Lisbon was one of our favorite cities! Thanks so much for the lovely your where we have such find memories.

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    December 13, 2014
  6. Those little custard pastries – just divine. Lovely descriptions of your time in Lisbon – make me want to return… πŸ™‚

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    December 14, 2014
    • Thank you Suzanne for reading πŸ™‚ I must return too, to have those pastries again πŸ™‚

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      December 14, 2014
  7. Beautiful photos! I still dream about those pastries from Belem – they were by far one of the bed things I ate in Portugal! I heard the recipe is secret or otherwise I’d be baking them right now:)

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    December 19, 2014

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