Hi friends! I hope your 2014 is off to a great start. I arrived back in Toronto over the weekend after some amazing travels. I will be back sharing the regularly scheduled workouts, recipes and random health rambles soon but I want to tell you about the rest of my trip.
Just in case you want to catch up on the first few days in Portugal, you can read the post here. Okay all caught up? Let’s pretend you are…
The next morning, dad dropped the girls off in Lisbon for a bike tour of the city. We had an absolute blast! Biking is such an amazing way to see a city and I highly recommend the company we used. The tour and especially our guide, Andre, was fantastic.
We learned so much about the history, politics and culture of Lisbon;
Did a shot of “ginja” (sour cherry brandy)
Saw the map depicting Vasco de Gama’s journey,
Ate “pastel de nata” (Portuguese sweet tarts)
And biked along the Lisbon waterfront and marina.
After an amazing and tiring day, we re-fuelled with a relaxing Italian dinner at the hotel. Enter the best pizza I’ve ever eaten: shrimp, mango, pineapple, spinach, hearts of palm and tomato on a thin crust. Amazing. The seafood in Portugal totally lived up to the hype.
When I was in Spain, I discovered canary melon; what I thought was the most delicious and juicy melon ever. Hold on friends, the Portuguese have outdone the Spanish in the melon department — and yes, it’s a department. The melon is as good (if not better) than the seafood. Sweet and juicy… gimme!
After a busy few days of touring and eating, our last day in Portugal was quite relaxing. I went on a run and recovered with a short spinning session and some lengths in the pool.
In the afternoon we made a steep yet beautiful drive through the mountains before arriving at Cabo da Roca — the most Western point in Europe.
We said farewell to Portugal in brunchin’ fashion…
…and then we headed back to London!
Questions of the day…
What is your favorite thing to eat for brunch?