19 Apr I remember Lisbon well, even though it was only March
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So when we arrived in Lisbon on Saturday March 2nd it was Carnival there and we came in hot. About 20 of us went to this party at the Pestana Palace which had four massive rooms filled with people in masks and costumes and we were dressed for the occasion too. We didn’t get home till 5:00AM. That was how Lisbon was , a rocking party town for all of us. OK it does have great food, really cool street art/graffiti, a good variety of architecture with a few special places I will show you in my photos below. If you have never been to Lisbon, it is a very hilly city so when you walk around, you stay in great shape. Portugal as a country is almost like an island with so much coastal area. Trains are very good here to go and see the cities but this time we rented cars to get around more.
I also did plenty of road trips in Portugal. The country has so many different cities to offer, many of them coastal. Praia do Norte has some of the highest waves in the world, Porto is also a must see city and has as much to offer as Lisbon. On a religious note, Fatima is a very special place for Catholics and I am glad I went to see the Cathedral. On our way back from Porto we stopped in Fatima, Coimbra to see the Library and Palace and then we stopped in Mafra to see the Library and Palace there too. I hit Lagos for the beaches and cliffs for a few days to see the most amazing sunset in Sagres. A true highlight was that a few of us flew to the Azores on the island of Ponta Delgada. The landscape there was nature at its finest. Volcanic areas on the island spewing smoke, Lakes with lush gorgeous greenery, greener than Ireland and some areas did not even look like it was earth.
To say Portugal is beautiful is an understatement. The country for its size offers nature lovers, city dwellers and island people something that they can cherish. The food was also much better than I remember. For almost everyone that I was traveling with, they all felt Lisbon was their favorite city of the three we were at so far. Be it that it is a Western civilization city different than Morocco and South Africa but still, it is a great country.
I am writing this post in Malaga, Spain from my beachfront hotel. I have started chasing the sun again as I just came back from Gran Canaria, Spain. I was based in Valencia for 2 weeks. Having of course been to Valencia already with Remote Year in 2017 I decided not to travel on for the full month with the rest of the group. My next post will be about Spain for April as I am heading to Amsterdam on April 24th to spend a week with my friend Viviane who moved there from NYC. I then head on to Greece for almost the whole month of May. Speak soon.