everything else Portugal

And we’re going to…

If you follow me on Twitter this will be considered “old news” but in case you don’t (although you really should πŸ™‚ I am happyΒ 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:

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-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:

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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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Needless to say I can’t wait for September!

More in this series:

A Portuguese Goodbye

First Impressions of Portugal

Bed & Breakfast Review-La Quinta Colina Flora

Portuguese Drinks

Sintra, Portugal Trip Tips

Lisbon, Portugal Trip Tips

Igrea do Carmo-Lisbon’s Ghost Church

Portugal’s Monument to the Discoveries

Portuguese Azulejos

Moorish Portugal

Hotel Review-Heritage Avenue Liberade (Lisbon, Portugal)

Cabo da Roca

Cascais, Portugal-a day at the beach

Casa Pasteis de Belem

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    owoosh
    March 8, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Looks beautiful there! And those tarts look amazing!

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    the red headed traveler
    March 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Yes about the tarts! Foods to try are always at the top of my list when traveling somewhere πŸ™‚

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    Wanderlust Traveler
    March 8, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Yay! Portugal has always looked amazing to me. I think I would be in photography heaven! How long are you guys going for?

  • Reply
    the red headed traveler
    March 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I always wanted to go when I studied in Spain but never made it there even though it was less than a 2 hr. ride; making up for it now though πŸ™‚ Just a week as I don’t have a lot of vacation time and we have other trips planned too but hopefully it will be a fantastic one πŸ™‚

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