And here’s one last (and very late) post about our trip to Portugal.
A quick tram ride took us from our apartment in Cais do Sodré to Belém. A district in Lisbon, Belém sits at the mouth of the Tagus River. For many Portuguese explorers, Belém was the last place they saw before embarking on a trip and the first place they saw upon returning home.
Our first stop in Belém was Pastéis de Belém, a bakery founded in 1837 that is famous for its pastel de nata (a Portuguese custard tart). The long line moved quickly and we soon had pastries in our hands. Fresh out of the oven, the tarts were delicious and didn’t last long.
After filling up on pastéis and coffee, we walked along the water and saw the Tower of Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos (the Monument to the Discoveries). From the monument, we a great view of the 25th of April Bridge.
Our last stop in Belém was the Jerónimos Monastery. We spent our time wandering through the monastery and checking out its intricate architecture.