Silver Week

After a long hiatus, I’m back! And back just in time to take another holiday! Most people have heard of Golden Week, that glorious holiday in the Spring where you get one full week or as close to one full week as humanly possible to not work and just enjoy the beauty of Japan. Well, […]

Read More Silver Week

Jerónimos Monastery

This has to be one of the longest buildings I saw in Portugal: It stretched and stretched along the road, its towers hovering above the lines of the apartment and office buildings nearby. It’s a beautiful spot with lots to explore and see, and a bit of a focal point for visits in the area.

Read More Jerónimos Monastery

Belém Tower

One of the most iconic sights in Lisbon is Belem Tower. It sits just off a nice sandy beach on the outskirts of a now public park. Back in the day, however, it was a fearsome welcome to those who thought they could simply walk… or sail… into the heart of Portugal.

Read More Belém Tower

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

There is no shortage to history and importance of Portugal’s seafaring prowess in centuries gone-by along the Tagus. By Jerónimos Monastery on the banks of the river is Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a very large and imposing monument dedicated to that gilded golden age of Portugal.

Read More Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Boca do Inferno

Do you like nature? How about tall seaside cliffs with crashing waves? One of the most spectacular views to be had in Portugal would definitely be Boca do Inferno, which we checked out as a small day trip from Lisbon.

Read More Boca do Inferno

Alfama and the Azulejos Museum

I can’t begin to describe how much I love these colorful tiles. Similar styles exist in Mexico, and as I was growing up, my mother would buy pots, tiles, and other ceramics with a very similar aesthetic, really bringing the designs near and dear to my heart. Portugal is very proud of their tiling traditions, […]

Read More Alfama and the Azulejos Museum