Well, crud. I had a lovely post written and then something happened while uploading and…it’s gone. Sigh. Here’s the fast version for now, and I’ll try to expand it back out tomorrow on the train for those of you who want more information.
We headed to a new neighborhood, Belém, on the opposite side of Lisbon. Our first stop was here, the Jerónimos Monastery. This is a huge and important monastery with tons of historical artifacts, artwork, and the tombs of 2 of Portugal’s most famous citizens.
Check out that door!
Across the street was a gorgeous garden with several fountains, pools, and other amenities. Even without all the fountains being turned on, it was just as beautiful and thought out as the monastery!
For example, here is the gazebo just down the path from the first photo! We were amazed to see such Asian influences here in Portugal, but it makes a lot of sense if you think about old trading routes and who they would have come in contact with frequently.
We didn’t really want to leave the garden on such a lovely day, but we had one more stop to make: pastries!
The Portuguese are great pastry chefs and this bakery has been in business since 1837. We didn’t know what anything on the menu was, so the waiter brought us 3 things he thought we should try: kidney bean cake, toasted creme tarts, and plain cake with creme in the middle! They were all delicious and I already want seconds!
Tomorrow we leave Lisbon and Portugal for good and head into southern Spain. It’ll be another long travel day, but once we’re there, we’ll only have countries you all are studying left for the rest of the trip so hopefully it’ll be pretty awesome!