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Lisbon, Portugal

Passport stamped, customs cleared we're tossed into the crowd of sleepy eyed people trying to navigate a strange international airport and Metro system, not to mention the whole language thing. 

Both times we were lost and confused there was an English speaking Metro guide to help us figure it out.


Praça do Comércio was built on the site where the old Royal Palace used to exist before it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755.


On November 1, 1755, one of Europe’s most powerful earthquakes struck Lisbon in the early morning. The earthquake and resulting tsunami took the lives of an estimated 60,000-100,000 people. The main nave of the Carmo Convent, which was damaged in the earthquake was never rebuilt.


The Belém Tower, located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic. It looks like a small fairytale castle rising from the river, but this tower was built in 1515 as a beacon and fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument celebrating Portugal’s 15th-century ‘Age of Discovery.’ During this era, brave seafarers and explorers established Portugal as the most powerful seafaring nation of the time. 


The number 28 tram in Lisbon connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique.  

This is the classic Lisbon tram journey, riding in a quaint yellow tram as it

rattles and screeches through the narrow streets of the city.

Pastéis de Nata made with egg yolks, sugar, and a flaky pastry crust. It’s the most iconic pastry in Portugal. The Mantiqueta in Lisbon is the most renowned for their version. OMG!!! dusted with cinnamon and powered sugar, definitely worth all the hype.

Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology

We did not enter this museum but we did have an very relaxing lunch on the patio over looking the river and bridge as planes flew by on final approach.


Traditional Portuguese cobblestone pavement, known as Calçada Portuguesa. are inspired by Roman mosaics, but the traditional Portuguese cobblestone pavement developed in Lisbon during the city’s post-1755-earthquake reconstruction.

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