Lisboa and Sintra
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February 16th, 2009 – by: crystal08
I arrived to Lisbon on Saturday morning. A group arrived the previous day and had already seen some of the city. We stayed in a really cute hostal called the Lisboa Story Guest House. It was my first time in a hostal and I wasn't really sure what to expect.
Upon arriving, a couple of us went to a free wine tasting in the area. We sampled different wines from the region and the wines were actually pretty good. After the tasting, an ESADE classmate who is also from Lisboa met with the larger group to give us a tour of the city. We visited many of the main tourist areas such as visiting the Monastery, Belem, Downtown, and the Tower. I really liked the architecture throughout the city and the people in Lisboa were very nice.
I also tried the specialty drink from Lisboa, ginjinha, which is basically a shot of alcohol with a cherry in the bottom. It wasn't the best tasting drink in the world and it reminded me of Ny-Quil.
The next day we traveled to Sintra, a small city located outside of Lisboa. The main sights to see in Sintra are the castles. We visited two different castles and they were very beautiful. Outside of touring the castles, there was not much else in Sintra other than walking around and stopping into various shops. Overall I thought that Sintra was a really cute town.
In terms of the nightlife, we went to Lux, which is supposedly the best club in Europe.
I liked Lisboa and Sintra. The visit more than exceeded my expectations. Though I am not too certain that I will return, it was worth the trip to at least see it. Overall it was a really good way to spend the weekend with a group of friends from ESADE.
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