Belem

Pasteis de nata=new addiction!!!

January 28, 2006

The rain stopped this morning and made way for a sunny, but windy day. We planned on spending the day in the Belem district. There was a nice walkway along the river so we could enjoy the walk amongst the locals.







After a 2 hour walk we were ready for a snack and had a place in mind to try the famous pasteis de nata of Belem. The cafe our guidebook recommended had close to 50 tables and they were all full so we knew we were in the right place. After about 15 minutes we snagged a table and placed our order. The famous pastries are a custard tart with a very flaky crust and topped with cinnamon and or powdered sugar. Ours were fresh from the oven and were delicious!! They arenĀ“t very big and after two each we were tempted to order a couple more but decided two were enough...for now.







From the cafe we headed to the Jeronimo Monastery and popped inside the chapel which is free. It is gorgeous inside but the view of the building from the outside is really outstanding.







Moving on we looked at the Belem Tower built above the river and headed back to the Museum of Design.










The museum included collections of various objects from the 1930s to present day. We got a good laugh at the furnishings from the 1980s and marveled at the gorgeous vases and ceramics throughout the decades. While in complex we also purchased our Flamenco ballet tickets for the next night. It was a long day so we took the light rail back to our neighborhood and then walked another 45 minutes to get some goodies at the shopping center. Later on we went on a search for a Fado show but they all required a minimum dinner fee which we had already eaten so we grabbed a few drinks at a bar instead.

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