Thu 13 Aug 2015 - Thu 20 Aug 2015
After two great weeks in England and Scotland, I packed my bags and left for Lisbon. As anyone who watched me plan this eight week span of time off can attest to, Portugal was a last minute add on, negating three weeks of planning for a solo trip through Scotland. Scotland is still high on my list for further travels, but I found my time there would not be cheap, and think I would rather do it with friends someday. Let’s face it, Portugal is not such a terrible consolation destination, especially when Nuno is hanging out there for the week and has places to stay across the country (family does have its benefits!).
For those of you who don’t know, Nuno was my roommate in Montreal, and is of Portuguese descent, spending time there every summer. Finding out he would be in country across the same dates as my Scotland trip, that was threatening to become overly expensive, allowed me to rapidly change destinations, and made all my planning easier as I let Nuno plan everything!
I spent the better part of a week in Portugal, splitting my time pretty equally between Lisbon and Central Portugal. In Lisbon we did the touristy bit, walking around seeing monuments and castles, and trying out some of their great restaurants! The second half of the week we were based out of Nuno’s parents beach house (west of the town Leiria just off the coast), spending our days visiting the different beaches in the area – and there are a lot of those!
The week passed by quickly, and we managed to get a great mix of sightseeing and relaxing in. Even better, every day we gorged ourselves on great food, washing it down with various local wines and ports.
Unlike vacations with tour groups, where you tend to go from one sight to the next for a week or more at a time, we carried ourselves in a much more relaxed manner, and while we saw many sights, there was always an espresso, a meal, or a nice cold alcoholic beverage between every activity….with no exceptions!
So this was my week, you’ll see a few more posts highlighting the different sites seen, and one on the edibles and beverages as this deserves its own discussion!