Travelling Lisbon with Familiar Faces – Week 4: Feb 5th to Feb 11th
As many do say when they’re travelling, time flies by very quickly!! It has already been a month of my exchange experience and I cannot believe it.
I have met so many new people on my study abroad but it’s nothing like spending time with some good close friends. One of my closest friend, Danny, who I have known for seven years visited me here in Lisbon. The last trip we had together outside of the country was California back in 2013. That was four years ago. It was really nice to see him and catch up. Throughout the whole first night, we just kept on saying…”who would have thought”…
Alice my other friend that I have known since high school joined the day after and I showed them the marathon of a city, Lisbon. (Marathon referring to the constant walks and hikes uphill). I showed them around downtown Lisbon, Belem (a historical district in Lisbon), and Sintra. A tourist touring other tourists, how funny.
In Belem, we visited Museu Colecao Berardo, which is a museum of modern and contemporary art. I took them to Pasteis de Belem (of course) and there we ordered a little bit of everything, and obviously, pasteis de nata. Every time Danny ate it he was just in awe of how tasty it was. It was very amusing to watch.
In Sintra, we hiked up the Sintra mountains and visited Pena Palace. It was a nice short hike that involved many many stairs. I recommend doing the hike instead of taking a bus to the top. This way, you can stop, smell the air, and enjoy the view.
Pena Palace is a Romanticist castle that sits on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains, above the town of Sintra. One a clear day, you can see the castle from Lisbon. It was a beauty discovering the interior and exteriors of this castle. One of my favourite things about Lisbon is how colourful and lively their architectural designs are.
View from the top of our hike and Castelos dos Mouros
Inside of Pena Palace
Thanks for reading,