72 hours in Portugal – part 2

On day two of my time in Portugal, we spent it in Sintra. I had really wanted to come here, for one reason only, but we’ll get to that later. Sintra is full of colourful buildings, although these are popular throughout Portugal.

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It was wonderfully warm that day. We decided to fuel up and found a nice little restaurant, which I forgot the name of. I ordered the pork.

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The food in Portugal is delicious. This meal was only six euros. Everything is so cheap there. I came back home with 50 euros to spare!

After we had eaten, we were ready to go on our quest (the one I had been looking forward to)…

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…all the way up there! To the Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors). I love sightseeing and I had mentally prepared myself for the crazy feat we were about to pull off. While everyone paid for rides up, my friends and I had decided to walk.

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And walk we did. For a good two hours. Closer to the beginning of the climb up, we saw little handmade trinkets and pieces of art for sale on the side of the road…

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…sculptures…

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…gorgeous views…

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…and hidden gems.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the actual castle. We arrived five minutes before closing time, which we were annoyed about because we hadn’t been made aware of that. But I’m still proud of myself for that incredible walk all the way up. It was painful, but so worth it. I wonder how many calories I burnt?

Afterwards, we went to Centro Vasco da Gama in Oriente. Think of Stratford Westfield shopping centre. The architecture in Oriente station is beautiful, especially at night.

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I did no shopping and had another late night. The wedding was the following day, so that was all the sightseeing I got done on this trip, but I was very content. Like I said, it was the most fun and adventure I’d had in a long time.

Thank you Lisbon. It was fun while it lasted.

Mich x

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