Sampling Ginjinha in Óbidos, Portugal

Mariana also took us on an excursion to Obidos- a town inside a castle wall!  It’s a beautiful little town with traditional houses and flowers growing everywhere.  We had a wonderful time exploring Obidos and walking along the castle wall.  It’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend get-away from Lisbon, about an hour away.

Parade and Sardine Festival, Lisbon

June 12, 2009: While in Lisbon we got to celebrate the city’s Feast of St. Anthony holiday.  The evening kicked off with a parade starting at 9pm along Avenue Liberade.  The parade is actually a contest among the neighborhoods for the best song and dance routines.  I was impressed by the elaborate costumes!  We ended

Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal

June 11, 2009: The next morning we started out visiting a couple more places in Lisbon.  First we headed to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.  The line was long and we were all hungry, so we decided to go to breakfast first and return to the monastery. Our breakfast destination was right nearby- Pasteis de Belem- the

Arriving in Lisbon, Portugal

June 10, 2009: Our main reason for going to Europe was to visit our travel-buddy, Mariana, in Portugal!  We couldn’t fly straight to Portugal from Asia, so we added England to our itinerary as our entry point into Europe.  We were pleasantly surprised with England and thoroughly enjoyed our few days there.  Now onward to

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