Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Today in Lisbon

This morning we got up, feeling intensely jet lagged, and went to breakfast in our hotel. I’ve never understood the paradox of choice more than in that moment. Everything was delicious and there were so many new things for us to try and I got so stressed and ate WAY too much, but it was all worth it. Boy am I glad we’re eating there all week for breakfast because there were still like 30 more things I have to try. 

Then we went on a tuk tuk tour, which is like a little motorbike-car-thing, around Lisbon. That was great because we got a real flavor of this city (also literally because we got the original pasteís de Belem and it was absolutely nut-worthy). We saw some gorgeous churches, took some family selfies and even visited the world’s longest running bookstore that has been open since 1732. Then we went to lunch, where had veal croquettes that were perfect, and I again ate way too much and was very much in need of a nap. 

After nap time, we went to the Tile Museum, which was cool because we got to see some specific tile art as opposed to the tiles on the sides of buildings all around here. I got tile-patterned coasters which were on my souvenir list so yay for that. 

Next we went on a “Christmas sweets and treats” tour. We ate a bunch of traditional Portuguese sweets, including pasteís de natas, King’s cake, and sweet potato pastries. We also had hot cocoa, coffee, tea, mulled wine, and these awesome prosciutto and cheese sandwiches from a Christmas market, and saw lots of fun holiday lights and displays. It was a jam-packed day, and I’m so tired and ready for another day of fun tomorrow.

Thanks for reading. 


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