Pastéis de Belém
Today, we traveled to the suburb of Belém which is only a few miles away. We traveled there by tram, tram number 15. This tram is very popular as it carries tourists and locals alike. Belém is an important part of Lisbon history because it is the location from where the great Portuguese explorers sailed to find new discoveries. You’ll soon see the monuments that honored those explorers.
But first, the most important reason to come to Belém – the Pastéis de Belém. This famous dessert was created initially by monks at the nearby monastery. Apparently the monks used the egg whites to stiffen their collars but needed to do something with the egg yolks. You got it….they used them to create this delicious custard that they then poured into puff pastry cups. They are indeed delicious and the original recipe and bakery since 1837 is Pastéis de Belém. Lines form every day to get these warm, delicious pastries. We have become quite the connoisseurs of these wonderful delights.The monastery responsible for creating these pastries is very close – Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. I have some photos of the exterior which alone is impressive but the lines were extremely long this morning. We agreed to come back another day to visit the interior. And then there is the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) honoring Prince Henry the Navigator and the numerous Portuguese explorers who explored Brazil and Asia. What an incredible monument its is! I had seen photos of it beforehand but seeing it in person was overwhelming. We did go to the top and were able to take advantage of the breathtaking views.
Back to Lisbon
After all of these wonderful sites, we decided to take the tram back to our starting point. At that point, we had another plan in mind. We had seen a program on Netflix called, “Somebody Feed Phil”, featuring Phil Rosenthal, the comedian, visiting key interests in Lisbon. He visited a small neighborhood street where he tasted incredible gelato from Italy and delicious sausages from Austria. On the program he interviewed the owners and tasted their goods. So why not go there – right? So we did. It was a long walk but a very worthwhile endeavor. Although we didn’t meet the gelato proprietor, we did meet Maria, who owns the sausage shop.We walked a total of 8.5 miles and around 20,000 steps – and yes, we were tired. But there were a few more opportunities for photos as we made our way back to the hotel.
So for now, Boa Noite… and good night. Thank you for following.