Portugal: December 28-30, 2013

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.

Andre Amy and Les

We learned so much about the history, politics and culture of Lisbon;

Girls Club in Lisbon Square

Did a shot of “ginja” (sour cherry brandy)

Ginja shot

Saw the map depicting Vasco de Gama’s journey,

Vasco de Gama map

Ate “pastel de nata” (Portuguese sweet tarts)

Portuguese Tart

And biked along the Lisbon waterfront and marina.

Amy Les in 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.

Shrimp pizza

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!

Melon

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.

Absolutely breathtaking.

Cabo da Roca2

Cabo da Roca1

Cabo da Roca3

We said farewell to Portugal in brunchin’ fashion…

Portugal Brunch

…and then we headed back to London!

Questions of the day…

What is your favorite thing to eat for brunch?

26 thoughts on “Portugal: December 28-30, 2013

  1. Portugal looks absolutely amazing- It’s always been a country I never would have considered going to but you’ve got me keen! I reckon biking is an amazing way to get to see a city- especially if it’s bike friendly! Don’t even start on the seafood….I’d eat that for brunch! :D

  2. Oh I love pastel de nata!! I have 3 portuguese coworkers and they always bring all these delicious stuff to the office.
    It looks so beautiful – I LOVE discovering new areas by bike, it’s the BEST!
    Btw, your leather jacket is so stylish.

  3. Welcome home! I’m so happy you’re back in Toronto because I miss you… even though I don’t live in Toronto… ok I’m a creeper but you know what I mean. Can you please just take me with you on your next trip? This looks beyond amazing. The views are Cabo de Roca are gorgeous, and the bike tour? SUch a great way to cover more ground than walking while still being active. John and I rented a tandem bike in Barcelona (dorks) but never thought of a guided tour. It would have been nice to have more of what we were looking at explained, I’m sure it gave you such an appreciation for the city!

  4. Wow what an amazing pizza! I think I would consider adding seafood back into my diet for the duration of a trip to Portugal, looks to amazing to not!

    Glad to have you back in TO though :) Glad you’re safe and sounds and be glad you missed the horrifying weather here!

  5. I love how you guys did a bike tour – that sounds so much more fun than hopping on a bus or whathaveyou. And those photos – breathtaking, for sure.
    Favourite thing for brunch? Depends on my mood…usually, my favourites are eggs benedict or waffles/pancakes/french toast.

  6. Looks like you had an AMAZING time! Can’t wait to hear all about it in detail tomorrow! Favorite food for brunch to me either 1) waffles, potatoes, bacon OR even better 2) a restaurant that actually serves lunch for brunch so that I can just get a burger ;)

  7. That might be the strangest pizza combination I have heard of. Strange yet amazing! I love seafood so of course seafood on a pizza sounds good. I haven’t done a bike tour like tht but it sounds like a great way to explore.

  8. Beautiful pictures!! Looks like an amazing time! I hope someday I’ll get to go to Portugal. That melon… OMG. Yum!

  9. Welcome back! I can’t believe how beautiful Portugal looks! The pizza looks interesting but delicious.
    And, the egg tarts look delicious! I tried a Portuguese egg tart in Macau and it was pretty good (the Portuguese colonized Macau for a while before it went back to China).

  10. Sigh… such beautiful photos. Did you have any malasadas while you were in Portugal? Those are TO DIE FOR. Omg.

    Hi!!! How have you been? Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’ve been drinking too much wine instead of blogging lately. Hahahah

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