Monday, September 18, 2006

home again

I am back, alive and kicking! had an uneventful flight back home, no major delays, no lost luggage, the sun is shining, my plants are greener than green since there was a major storm while I was away and the garden got more water than it could have ever hoped for!

Had a lovely trip and I took 277 pics... it is hard to choose which ones should be posted first, so I decided to show you some of the last pics I took yesterday in Lisbon, when we walked about 8km/5 miles. We were first in Belém, to see the famous Belém Tower, find below a detail of this beautiful tower! Click to enlarge the pics for a better view.



While in Belém we tried the delicious Pastries of Belem at a wonderful traditional bakery founded in 1837 and located not far from the tower, decorated with white and blue tiles.


The custard pastries are served warm and powdered with sugar and cinammon, they are heavenly, can you smell them? The place was absolutely crowded, people waited patiently for a free table, it seemed like the place to go to (not only) on a sunday afternoon with family and friends.


And now the last three pics I took yesterday afternoon. The Atlantic Ocean and the Portuguese sky had a fantastic shade of blue and the afternoon sun was glorious! more to come...





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28 comments:

  1. I tried to leave a comment Mar...but..It didn't "take"..Oh Deae..
    Hope this one gets posted.

    I was saying you live in such a beautifyl part of the world...and these pictures of Lisbon show that...WONDERFULLY!
    And, I cannot get over a Bakery being around since 1837 and still functioning at such a HUGH Level...YUM!
    I look forward to seeing ALL 277 pictures, dear Mar! (lol)

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  2. torture - it is called T-O-R-T-U-R-E Mar! ;) But since it is you, you will be forgiven. Hehe. Had i not had some 4 pasteis de nata just last week, i might not have let you go easy....
    Glad you recovered from the Vigo incident and that you were able to have a fab time during the remaining of the trip. You take amazing pictures. It captures the soul of the city, i feel. Ah, minha linda Lisboa....
    Take care - i'm glad you are back.

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  3. welcome back! I'm obviously new to the community... so hello, too! Love the pics! Am going to read a few more posts about your travels, if they were anything like the pastries, it sounds as though your time spent was heavenly...

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  4. oh pretty! sounds like a great trip...well except for the oysters part.

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  5. Awesome trip & photos but Welcome Back! I'm glad ypu had such a wonderful time though. *s*

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  6. Oh, it's so pretty, those custards look good! Yum! I missed you, glad you are back and had a wonderful time!

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  7. Glad you are home. Hope you are also feeling better.

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  8. Wow, look at those pictures! Makes me wish that I was there! Glad to hear that you're back safe and sound.

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  9. Such a wonderful view. You're so lucky to be able to go to beautiful places that only some of us can go in our dreams.
    Thanks for passing by.

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  10. Mar, the colors of the sky and water are wonderful! I sure would like to have one of those pastries!

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  11. The photos are beautiful! Wish I was on that trip. :)

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  12. Actually hadn't finished that comment but my dumb fingers pressed publish and now I can't remember what I was going to say ... not one of my bast days obviously :o)

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  13. *blushes* or my best spelling days either!

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  14. I hope you continue to feel better, Mar. Being sick while away from home really sucks. At least you're home now.

    I love the description of those custards. They sound soooo good. Mmmm. And the pictures of Portugal are wonderful. I just want to go there right now!

    Michele sent me off to your sunny shores, Mar. Welcome home!

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  15. Just checking in to see if you were back: and of course you are! Beautiful pics and bringing back memories of similarly sunny days in Portugal on a long ago holiday... Fortunately I live near Sydney's "Little Portugal" and authentic custard tarts are never too far away!

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  16. Lovely pictures from Bélem ! My son's godmother is portuguese and lives in Algarve near Faro. They have a big restaurant. You can imagine, I tasted the pasteries and they are really good. And I also love the tiles they have, they are so beautiful.
    By the way I get an overdose of coffee here on your blog ! and thank you for your comments.

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  17. ok, my picture comments.

    Oooh
    Aaah
    Aaah
    Yummmmmmm
    ooooh
    awwwww
    ooooh

    :)

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  18. Thanks for dropping by today. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. Am glad you had a wonderful vacation.

    Happy Tuesday!

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  19. Am sorry but I don't know why I came out anonymous.

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  20. Just gorgeous. Each picture keeps getting better and better. So glad you made it back home safely. Looking forward to see more pictures...

    Take care,
    Connie

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  21. No no no no! You are NOT going to MAKE me eat those NASTY pastries! NO! Cuz I too am BACK from vacation and all DONE eating ridiculously yummy fat food! So... you and I will simply have the coffee -- withOUT the pastry -- and enjoy catching up! Looks like you had a BEAUTIFUL trip! Sorry to hear about the oyster incident! I had oysters on vacation too - but mine were all NICE ones!

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  22. So glad you had a lovely trip after beeing poorly. Your photos are lovely and Lisbon looks like a fabulous place. Those tarts look gorgeous too! I am looking forward to seeing some more of your photos. Looks like I'm going to add Lisbon to my list of places to visit.

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  23. Welcome back! I'm glad you had a good time! I love the pics!!

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  24. Thank you for taking us on a tour in Lisbon...Incredible pictures indeed. Telling you - Europe is where my heart is :)...

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  25. How gorgeous. You are so generous with your pictures Mar. I actually feel like I've had a mini vacation too without the calories or being sick. So glad you are better.

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  26. wow - that does look so perfect, the blues ans the bright white, you promise us you did not touch these up?

    so gald you had a good time... did you bring back any custard pastries for us?

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  27. Yummy! Did you have any thimblefuls of black coffee, standing up and nearly for free? if I remember, it was a "bico" or a "pico" - Lisbon is such a civilized place. Welcome home, in any case.

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