a beautiful day in Belem!

Belem Travel Blog

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In front of the world-famous natas place in Belem!
Man today was so awesome!!

After surviving Libson streets at night yesterday and running away from the angry mob of drunk men, Irene and I just wanted to freaking sleep in before we left to go back to Porto..  Vera had other ideas though and wanted to get up and going asap. That stressed me and Irene out a lot so I suggested she go out first, and we would meet up with her in Belem later, as we all wanted to go eat the famous natas anyway.

Irene and I had an enormous breakfast at the hotel. They served so many things that we like tried them all. I think I have 3 little plates of food just to try everything! And the we headed to Belem to eat some more! =) Irene figured out the route to the bakery and wouldn't you know it - right next door there is a STARBUCKS! The tram ride was cool though, we got to see a lot of Lisbon and when we arrived with Vera, we went to have a seat in the bakery.
The monumento de descrubrimiento.. from afar! =(
This place is ENORMOUS! The waiter walked us through 4 completely-full rooms of guests to a 5th room to seat us. We ordered half a dozen, and Irene ordered half a dozen to take back to her family in Porto. There is nothing like a nata.. they are to DIE for. Eggie creaminess in a cup of flaky, light goodness. And then you sprinkle like cinnamon and powdered sugar on it and that's totally going to be my Christmas Tradition for when I have a family. I'll figure out how to get natas from Portugal. Done.

According to our map, the famous Monumento de Descubrimientos was nearby.. and sure enough, just past the treeline, you could see the large concrete thing sticking out! YAY! We could probably walk there! We walk through the park and we stop by to look at the jewelry and other crafts being sold there.
Irene @ Libson train station
One lady sells beautiful wood jewelry that is gorgeous and not too expensive. We buy a few things and head over to the monument. But before we can reach it, we see this huge fenced-off road that runs as far as the eye can see in either direction! Uhhh..

We ask a local artisan how to get to the monument and he tells us we have to walk about a mile to the right and go underground, there's a path that will take you to it. Shit - we have to catch our train in about an hour and a half and we have to make our way back to the hotel to pick up our luggage before getting on the train. We take pictures a bit further away, look at the majestic sculpture, and stop by the Starbucks for a drink (it is SO HOT) before hopping back onto the tram. I get into this long conversation with the English-speaking staff member there and find out she's from New Jersey and she loves it in Lisbon. She says "it's like a hidden jewel. Nobody knows where the hell Portugal is. When I told my friends in grade school I was Portuguese, they were like.. is that in Spain?" We laughed together and I had to agree with her. Portugal is clearly a gem. Every day I think back to it to cobble together happy memories that keep me going. It's a beautiful, beautiful place on multiple levels.
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In front of the world-famous natas…
In front of the world-famous nata…
The monumento de descrubrimiento..…
The monumento de descrubrimiento.…
Irene @ Libson train station
Irene @ Libson train station
A crazily massive bike tour in Lis…
A crazily massive bike tour in Li…
whoo, famous natas, check it out!
whoo, famous natas, check it out!
a little b&w action going on in fr…
a little b&w action going on in f…
Irene and I behind the monument
Irene and I behind the monument
holy cow, I am so happy to be gett…
holy cow, I am so happy to be get…
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