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Spain, Portugal, Morocco Part 2

Today I wanted to share the second part of our two week trip to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco (here is the first part.) After Madrid we rented a car and drove a long 7 hour car ride to Lisbon, Portugal. I speak Portugese so I was excited to be able to use it. Lisbon is a beautiful city with lots of hills and it isn’t too big. This combined with the fact they have a look a like Golden Gate Bridge, it reminded me of San Francisco a bit. We weren’t in Lisbon too long but we did the regular tourist stops including Sao Jorge’s castle and Vasco de Gama’s tomb. We also ate lots of pasteis de nata which are little custard pies (we ate them warm sprinkled with a little cinnamon.) They were delicious. In Bairro Alto we went to an awesome store that sells the handmade shoes I’m obsessed with (address is below.) We tried to go to Sintra but just ran out of time so we’ll have to go next time. After Lisbon we drove a few hours to a teeny tiny adorable beach town called Salema that sits on the southern most tip of Portugal. Since it was the off season it was pretty desserted. It was so great to get out of a city and have a good beach day. We made a quick trip to nearby Cape Sagres where there is a lot of exploration history and where they believed the earth ended.

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Cool Portuguese Handmade Shoes: We3 – Loja do Chiado Rua da Misericordia, 102  Chiado – Lisbon, 1200-273 Portugal
Original Maker of the Pastel de Nata: Casa Pastéis de Belém Rua de Belem 84, Lisbon 1300-085, Portugal

  1. Ashley

    April 6, 2012

    Fantastic pictures, Jordan. The swirling design in the open plaza (first pictures) is so lovely, as is your day at the beach with the boys. Adorable.

  2. Meg

    April 6, 2012

    Jordan! These pictures are all so wonderful!! I would love to go back to Lisbon sometime soon. Or copy your entire trip…

  3. kid-a

    April 6, 2012

    An amazing trip! Oh how much I ADORE portugal! Thanks for sharing

  4. Mariela

    April 6, 2012

    Everything looks amazing!, thanks for sharing , have a lovely day.

  5. J @ ... semplicemente ... j

    April 6, 2012

    I love Portugal! Beautiful pics.

  6. La Chapstick Fanatique

    April 6, 2012

    this looks awesome! i want to make it to portugal at some point.

  7. stephanie

    April 6, 2012

    wow, amazing photos!

  8. The New Diplomats Wife

    April 6, 2012

    beautiful – i think portugal is one of the most under-appreciated trips to make and so glad you guys got to see it!

  9. df

    April 6, 2012

    São fotografias muito bonitas! Estive em Lisboa nas ultimas ferias, que saudades.

  10. Mrs D

    April 6, 2012

    I love seeing my city through other people’s eyes, now that I don’t live there anymore… Saudades.
    Obrigada por partilhares.

  11. chiara

    April 6, 2012

    Such wonderful photos, seriously, every image is beautiful! I want to go there!

  12. Susanne

    April 6, 2012

    Looks like an amazing trip. Have you had the pasteis de nata at Comme à Lisbonne in Paris? The shop is adorable and the pasteis de nata are perfect.

  13. Janis

    April 6, 2012

    i love that photo of you + the boys in the sand. so cute! what a trip!

  14. Sam

    April 6, 2012

    no wonder they thought that was the end of the earth! It is kind of amazing to think that standing there you are on the edge of a continent.

  15. Barbara

    April 6, 2012

    I went to a lot of the same places when I was in Lisbon. I loved walking around Sao Jorge. It was beautiful!

  16. Stephanie

    April 6, 2012

    Parece muito divertido! As fotos sao lindas, especialmente aquelas do mar na manha :)

  17. Julia's Bookbag

    April 6, 2012

    My husband’s biggest travel dream is to go to Portugal! Lovely, lovely photos…the one with your braid on you head with the littles on the beach is darling!

  18. Megan Taylor

    April 6, 2012

    Gorgeous! So inspired to travel :) SF is dreamy, but the world is so big! Happy to hear you’re taking advantage of all that’s out there!!

  19. Kasey

    April 6, 2012

    Gorgeous, Jordan! I am sad you missed Sintra! It was one of my favorite places in Portugal.. Portuguese pastries are the best thing ever..also very impressed you speak the language! I had to get by with my Italian and Spanglish :)

  20. Robyn

    April 6, 2012

    When I finally made it to Portugal, I realized it was the Europe I had always dreamed about as a little girl! It is a very special country. We loved Lisbon so much, we skipped out on half of our days in Porto to spend more time there! I agree with another poster who said it is one of the most under appreciated places in Europe. Oh, and I agree that Lisbon is like San Francisco’s sister city!

  21. Rebekka

    April 6, 2012

    You are just so darling!!!

  22. Mandy

    April 6, 2012

    Ah, Portugal. One of my favorite places! Too bad you didn’t get to Sintra; it’s absolutely lovely! Next time. :)

  23. Elizabeth

    April 6, 2012

    I always love your travel posts and tips. In fact, your Paris tips helped in planning our trip there last September.

    How do you create your travel/map picture of where you’ve been?

  24. Diary of Mia

    April 6, 2012

    Amazing pictures! I love Portugal and Spain as well! :)

  25. Emily

    April 6, 2012

    What an amazing trip for you and your family, what lovely memories you’ll all have. Last year my boyfriend and I quit our jobs in London and moved to a small village in Portugal for 7 months. It’s a beautiful country and don’t even get me started on Pastel de natas! Thanks for all the beautiful pictures x

  26. Fabiano Mayrink

    April 7, 2012

    Que legal que você fala português :) é sempre bom ver suas fotos dos paises em que visita, assim podemos conhecer um pouco mais sobre eles!

    abraços daqui do Brasil 😉

  27. The slow pace

    April 8, 2012

    Lovely pictures! I love readign your travel adventures!

  28. Kate

    April 8, 2012

    You rock that Zooey Deschanel hair!!

  29. Catarina Pereira

    April 9, 2012

    Our country….beautiful by your eyes…as always.
    Next week we would be in lisbon for the weekeand too.

  30. Teresa {Amor às Riscas}

    April 9, 2012

    Oh jordan, you simply MUST return to Portugal and visti Sintra!
    Sintra is my hometown and it’s the only place on earth I feel whole and totally at peace.
    Miss Twiggs is a portuguese photographer and I absolutely adore her and her work. You can see what you’ve missed by not going to Sintra in her gorgeous blog right here:
    Oh and I just love the handmade shoes you mentioned, also!
    Lots of ove from Portugal.
    Achei o máximo saber que falas português! :)

  31. twiggs

    April 9, 2012

    hello jordan! how are you? i’m miss twiggs from the comment above mention!! yes, it’s too bad you didn’t go to sintra, because it’s so magical and charming!! and it’s too bad you didn’t got to go to my blog because there’s a lisbon’s city guide there! i’m a photographer and i live in lisbon and absolutely love this city! i hope you can come back and make your visit to sintra!!! have a great day!! but you did great anyway! by the way, i live quite close that original pastéis de belém factory 😉

  32. Catey

    April 9, 2012

    I love the design of the cobblestones in the pictures from Lisbon. So cool.

  33. Vânia

    April 9, 2012

    Hi, thank you for visited my city – Lisbon

  34. Maria F.

    April 10, 2012

    Que bonito ver Lisboa com outros olhos :) sabe sempre bem quando mais alguém gosta da nossa cidade! E que giro é saberes falar português também, onde aprendeste? bjs

  35. Luíza Melo - Planeta18

    April 10, 2012

    Suas fotos me fizeram sentir saudades de Portugal! E de ler sempre uma frases nova nas saquetas/pacotes de açucar do café Nicola.

  36. BekahTano

    April 10, 2012

    Thanks for the pictures. Saudades de minha missao la.

  37. Susana

    April 13, 2012

    Hi Jordan,

    Glad to know you enjoyed our country and Lisbon, my beloved city. You might like to take a look at my blog about Lisbon… it can give you some tips for your next visit…


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