Review, Sightseeing, Travel

Let’s visit Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

We got our delicious pastry at Pastéis de Belém and ate them while strolling around the best market in Portugal. Since we’re already in Belém, it makes sense to visit one of the most famous tourist destinations in Lisbon, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, or Jerónimos Monastery.

This is a pretty impressive building just from the outside, with so many intricate carvings and statues right at the entrance.

I just noticed that someone is wearing a Paris shirt in this photo I took!

You can tell just how imposing the building is from how small the people looked standing near it.


The carvings on the exterior reminded me a lot of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK.

Stunning carvings


Let’s venture inside!

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Review, Sightseeing, Travel

The best market in Portugal

After you’ve bought your Pastel de Belém at the best pastry shop in Portugal, you’re going to have to find somewhere to eat it! If you read that post, you’ll see in the photos that Pastéis de Belém has no seating. Therefore, you’re going to have to take your tasty treats to go.

Luckily, there’s a lot to see and do in the Belém area, including visiting Mosteiro dos Jerónimos,  a monestary, which  you can even see if you’re waiting in line for the Pastel de Belém at the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Lisbon Portugal Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

However, you have your Pastel de Belém and you can’t wait to eat it. But where can you go to enjoy it AND wander around? The answer: walk across the street to stroll around a fun market in the park.

Paris in Boston Lisbon Portugal

On this day, there was a market with stalls selling many things that I would have loved to buy and bring back to the US.

As far as markets go, I think this was the best because of the various items for sale, the quality of the items, and the ideal location, which is in a park close to Pastéis de Belém.

Let’s check out the market!

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Restaurants, Review, Travel

The best pastry shop in Portugal

You probably guessed it already, but of course, the best pastry shop in Portugal is located in the Belém region of Lisbon! Pastéis de Belém makes the best Pastel de Belém, a delicious egg tart pastry. Not only that, but the pastry shop itself is so charming, with its main colors of blue and white incorporated into its logo, awnings, interior, cups, and plates.

Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

Paris in Boston Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

The line may be long, but the pastry is so worth the wait! The shop’s window display even highlights the Pastel de Belém.

Lisbon Portugal Pasteis de Belem

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Let’s Visit Óbidos, Portugal!

Last week I mentioned I just returned from an 18-day European Cruise with YMT. I visited some new places, but only one made it to my list of favorite European cities – Óbidos, Portugal!

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you might have noticed I posted quite a few pics from my visit to Óbidos, and that’s because it’s so quaint and picturesque. For such a small town, it has truly unique architecture and welcoming facades. I felt like I stopped every 5 steps in order to capture something beautiful I saw in Óbidos. Today, let’s just wander around and enjoy the timeless beauty of Óbidos.

I had already visited Lisbon, Porto, Sintra, and Lagos on my previous trip, so I didn’t have any expectations when I heard my tour was visiting Óbidos. I only knew it was in Portugal, which is a country I really loved visiting due to its colorful buildings. Most of all, I was in awe of all the beautiful tiles covering walls and facades of buildings. It wasn’t difficult to see why Portugal is known for its tilework!

On this trip, however, here was my first glimpse of Óbidos. I immediately knew this city was going to be truly special.

Paris in Boston Obidos Portugal

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