If you follow me on Twitter this will be considered “old news” but in case you don’t (although you really should 🙂 I am happy thrilled to announce that later this year D and I are going to Portugal for our “big” vacation (I say big since in May we’re going to Disneyland which is our small vacation not to mention the little getaways we’re taking throughout the year). Although we tossed about a TON of potential destinations (Peru was at the top of the list), we ultimately decided on Portugal. Why there? Well, these were the main reasons for selecting it:
-It’s a country I hadn’t been to before. Although I would LOVE to revisit some of my favorites (Mexico, France, and Spain for starters), I really want to keep adding to my list of new countries visited and so Portugal fits the bill.
-Its history, culture, and cuisine all sound incredible.
-As transatlantic flights go, it’s a “tolerable” flight length not to mention the time difference is minimal (five hours apart from Eastern Standard Time)
-Last but not least, it truly looks beautiful and I can’t wait to visit.
We’ll be spending the first half of our visit in the region of Sintra to provide us with more of a “country” feel. I don’t want to be too wordy in describing Sintra so here’s a picture of its striking landscape:
The second half will be spent in the capital of Lisbon (or Lisboa as it is known in Portuguese) where I can’t wait to sample a Pastel de Nata (a Portuguese egg tart pastry), taking in an evening of fado, a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics and climbing the city’s “seven hills” to see and experience as much as I can.
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