Sunday, November 11, 2007
Lisboa - Sintra & Belem
2nd day was tiring. As we traveled to so many places. All in 1 day. But again, well worth it. Woke up really early as we need to catch the first train to Sintra. The breakfast at the pastry shop near our hostel.

Then we headed to the train station. Wuu, they have double deckered train in portugal. Reach Sintra, really small town. This is Pena Palace. It's up in the hill and imagine a huge bus going ziggy-zag up a trek so narrow it's enough space for a car to pass. This is a one of the kind palace, but we did not go in. Because it's very misty and we couldn't really see anything.

This is how it's suppose to look like. Nice right?? I took this photo from the information board. HAha... Arabic palace in portugal.

and this is Sintra!! something like cameron highlands i suppose, although i haven;t been to cameron myself. Alot of old people here.

It's very windy town filled with stairs and narrow lane.

and thennnn...suddenly a familiar face was seen hiking up the slope. Guess who! It's the ABC we met in Madrid. What a small world huh? and then we met up again for lunch the following day in Lisboa.

hehe.. SHIT i forgot his name already. I think it's Ray or something. Oo, believe me when i say he's much much better looking the day we met him at Madrid. hoho.. And then we proceed to Cabo Da Roca.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I'VE EVER BEEN.

One of them is of course Isle of Skye. It's also the most westernly point of Europe continent. Woohoo.. It's the place where a poet describe as " Where the land ends and sea begins"
The auntie is Kiko or Tinko from Japan. She's amazing because she has been traveling alone every summer and spring for the past 11 years alone!! And been to all Disneyland twice except HongKong. hAha..She says she never traveled to any Asia country before, funny right.

It's so lovely and peaceful and sunny here. It's magnificent. Breathtakingly beautiful. Looking at the blue sky while soft breeze surrounds you. Bathing in the warm sun while listening to the waves break against the huge boulders.

This is us again! Self-timed, hehe....

And then we left the wonderful place for Cascais, a coastal town where we had our lunch. Famished!! So hungry ok, had nothing since the breakfast. So we just choose McD. Ooo...i feel in love with the McD, TOOCHEESE, extremely cheesey! and best of all, they serve cold, draught.... beers!!

We love the TOOCHEESE too much we buy them in the airport again before departure! haha..amat Best! and this is cascais.. a coastal town but it's too cold to go to the beach anyway.

Do you see something hot in the photo? hehe

Next stop, Belém! OOh...by the time we got there, we are exhausted. but, we still manage to walk all the way to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries). The famous monument where almost everyone that go Portugal will buat bodoh there. Me included...haha

Henry, The Navigator, his orang suruhan and me... :) And then we were too greedy for the original Portuguese egg tart to walk over to see Tower of Belém. Anyway, it's just another monument made of stones right. hhoohoh..

So! After walking around and asking for directions, we finally found THE original pastry shop that made famous the custard tart. Pastéis de Belém is the name. Go there if you want true blue portugese custard tarts! You won't regret it!

We forgo the traditional Portuguese's dinner and shoe, Fado, because we decided to scoff as much tarts we want there instead. Although the shop is like kinda big, it's filled up with tiny tables for 4 and filled with people. Good looking people :p Like this one. ( I had to block the face of Carmen. Haha..too funny ady sorry dear)

Although most of us think he's gay, but Hey, he's an eye candy yah? He's not the only. Back to the tarts. It's so crunchy that when you bite into it, you can hear the amazing crunching sound. The crusts is like amazing!

Each one we ordered was fresh from oven and that made it more heavenly. Plus the texture of the custard is soft and smooth. Oo...i miss it so so much!! I think i had 4-5 tarts at one sitting or maybe more. I should had more because now, I don't know when i'll taste them again T____T Overall, we were still there pigging when the table next to us has changed customers for the third time!!

And since it's the final night of our 10 days trip, we decided to hit the clubs. We met this friendly Italian girl in our hostel that said "YOU MUST GO TO THIS AMAZING CLUB" 0_O So we shall!!

Apparently, it's one of the best club in Europe. Called Lux, (yea the soap) and it's a warehouse by the dock. It's partly owned by John Malkovich too and i heard the bouncer is damn lansi, just like the one in Madrid. Cool huh! But to our horror when we get there, it's CLOSE! Arghhhhhhh

So the taxi fella recommended another place which the Italian girl also say we MUST go. It's Buddha Bar along Alcântara docks. I guess it;s not our luck as the club section is close during weekdays, only the pub is open. But the design was amazing. There's a huge buddha statue and running waterfall inside the place. Fuiyoh...

So we randomly choose a club along the dock that seems most happening to us. Free entry and it's full to the brim with expensive drinks. We had a great time that night although i will conclude that portugal guys are more passive compared to the madrid crowd although we did get kinda lucky. Especially Carmen...with the cutest of all ...hehe

Random guys that saw me with the camera and wanted to take photo together. The black guy/portugese eye's damn scary huh...but i think the one holding the camera kinda cute.

then we saw this guy who looks so handsome in shirt and suit. OMG! and he just have those deep set of eyes with dark hair. Very charming look and he asked us to go for a drink...Wooohooooo..But after much discussion, we decided not to go..Booo...Got back late but safe. Packed early morning and headed back to London.

10 days. 5 travelers. 3 destination. 2 countries.

I spend about 350pd for that trip but the others managed even less. It's extremely cheap considering we had good food and stayed in nice places.

I would rate Lisbon as the best place to be simply because it's cheaper than the rest, people that speaks english, amazing food and great culture. Of course, very beautiful people. God, well done on that :)

Barcelona as a place to go if you want to indulge in grand architecture or just laze on the beach. 2nd place for beautiful people.

Madrid is purely partypartycrazyfunpartyparty....

One of the most amazing life experience for me so far. Eye-opener. Until next time!



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