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Portugal day 5: beautiful Belém

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On day 5 in Lisbon, we headed back to beautiful Belém (visited on day 1) as we didn’t really realize what it had to offer during our first tour. This time, we had a specific destination in mind: the Jerónimos Monastery. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones as you can see by the queues in the photos below.

I have to include several pictures to convey the majestic magnificence of this place but you will notice that there are only shots of the outside. That would be because the boyfriend and I aren’t patient enough to wait in line for 2-3 hours. That said, when we go back to Lisbon (because we will for sure), I would pick a strategic time of the day to go to the monastery when the crowds aren’t so insane.

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After admiring the grounds of the monastery, we strolled on the main street and spotted another popular tourist destination. We had heard about the legendary Pastéis de Belém (and their legendary queues) so although I would have loved to indulge in a freshly made pastel de nata, my beau convinced me it was probably overrated and not worth the wait (noticing a pattern here…).

At first, I kind of regretted not going when we ate lunch at a nearby restaurant and kept seeing people walk by with their cute blue and white nata filled bags but on day 7, all of that changed when I ate pastel de nata from a bakery that won the prize for the best pastry in Lisbon three years in a row (more on that in upcoming post!).

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Speaking of lunch and delicious food, this is the perfect example of the simplicity and beauty of Portuguese food:

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Fresh fish is available in a myriad of different interpretations in Lisbon. Above is the BF’s meal (don’t remember what he ordered!) and below mine, a yummy rice dish with bacalhau (codfish), the most popular fish in the area.

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We continued walking around just exploring random areas and came to a lovely market in the park.

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The shopping theme continued when we discovered a great little gallery with super cute stores on multiple floors called Galeria Comercial EntreTanto. The gallery offers a variety of stylish merchandise from cool furniture, to fashion and even fresh juice!

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We finished our shopping session at the end of the afternoon which of course means cocktail time! Luckily, there was a lovely eatery and bar called Fluid in the Galeria. My handsome date enjoyed a Caipirinha and I had an Aperol Spritz (the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day).

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And so, as quickly as it began another day in charming Lisbon ended with tired legs and a big smile on our face. Stay tuned for days 6 and 7 which include discovering the Thieves Market, supper at uber cool restaurant 1300 Taberna (located in the hip LX Factory presented on day 1) and more!  Until then, if you missed out of days 1-4 you continue reading belowTchau!

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