Captain Peacock

When we were at the Castelo de São Jorge, we soon encountered two male peacocks. Well, first we heard them and then we saw them. I absolutely can’t stand the sound that peacocks make. It’s like a cat being strangled, so awful! The two guys were dancing around each other. At the time, we didn’t…

Castelo de São Jorge

Now that the weather is getting colder in the Netherlands and Autumn has truly arrived, it doesn’t take much for me to reminisce and enjoy the memories of my spring trip to Lisbon last April. As I’m sitting on my couch, snuggly under a warm, fluffy blanket, I’m longing to feel the warmth of the sun…

Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno is Portugese for Hell Mouth. Sounds like a nice place to visit, eh? 😉 It’s pretty much a deep chasm where the seawater crashes onto the rocky cliffs, creating striking water shows! I really enjoyed this place, even though it was just a short stop on our pretty packed day tour!

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of continental Europe. We made a quick stop here on our day tour. It was quite windy and the sky was still as moody as it had been most of the day. But I didn’t mind. I really enjoyed Cabo da Roca: the view, the ruggedness, water crashing on…

The narrow streets of Sintra

After visiting the Pena Palace, we had some time to explore the small town of Sintra. The narrow streets were filled with people, merchandise, decoration and colour. Such a mish-mash of pretty much everything, which all added to the charm of things. Not that much else to say about this place: we walked some, we…

Mosteiro do Jerónimos

In the afternoon of our second day in Lisbon, we decided to visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)…and it was amazing! Think beautiful hallways with luscious ornate columns, central courtyard, gargoyle type ornaments on the walls…it was pretty darn spectacular. The monastery had several floors, towers, pretty lookouts over the courtyard, and even a chapel…

Torre de Belém

We continued our way along the Tagus river to the Belém Tower, a fortified tower from the 16th century in Manueline style. It was possible to go up the tower to enjoy a view over the river, but we decided not to. The queue was quite long, the weather had cleared up beautifully (so we…