Posts tagged ‘Portugual’
Outside of the main city of Lisbon, Portugal is a suburb called Belem. Here a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary is located on the site where priests and sailors prayed before a voyage. It has detailed Manueline architecture throughout the monastery. We saw a wonderful exhibit of royal carriages, viewed the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belem. The house of the president, which is pink, is also in Belem but the most important stop is at Pastréis de Belém. The famous pastries of Belem, a recipe given to the bakery by the monks before they left the monastery, have been made here since 1837. The pastries are eaten with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Yum! What a treat.
We stopped in a small town on the coast of Portugal on the way back to Lisbon. Nazare is a wonderful little place where you are calmed by the crashing waves rolling in on the shore. The water became a beam of light in the reflection of the full moon. We walked along the boardwalk taking in the salty air. Every once in a while we would catch a old woman in the traditional dress which included seven layers of skirts which all came to their knees and a head scarf. The seafood was amazing here. It was apparent that the locals tried very hard to communicate with their visitors. What a welcoming community.