First impressions of Portugal

Dear friends and family,

We arrived safely and are absolutely loving Portugal. You know when things just feel right? That has been our experience of Lisbon, Sintra and the Alentejo Coast so far. Today is our first day in an eco-hotel in the middle of agricultural land near the Atlantic – a well-deserved day of forced relaxation time before feeling like old folk at tomorrow’s music festival featuring Jamiroquai.

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Current location

In the meantime, here are the first three days, in pictures. Miss you all!

View of Lisbon from the Miradouro San Pedro de Alcantara
Our first meal in Lisbon at Artis Wine Bar: sheep cheese, octopus and flambeed sausage
Mel’s love affair with octopus begins
Praça do Comercio at dusk
Looking up at the Arch of the Rua Augusta at night


Praia Grande, the beach in Sintra, at sunset
Our dining spot in Sintra – not too shabby!
At Bar do Fundo (the bar at the end of the beach) in Sintra
The octopus love affair continues
Watching the sun set from the beach restaurant
Tuna, beans and cilantro rice
Our digs in Sintra: Chalet do Relogio
Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) in Sintra
Palacio da Pena, where we lined up for an hour to see a palace under renovation. We could have stayed home for that.
Anniversary beach shot
This morning’s delicious breakfast, delivered right to our room

6 thoughts on “First impressions of Portugal

  1. Wow! What a great way to celebrate your anniversary and embrace that year, which will be filled with even more beautiful moments! But now I really want to go to Portugal! Contente pour toi!🤗!


  2. Fantastic photos… looks like you’ve arrived in paradise! Enjoy your stay in this beautiful country! Not sure if you’re going to Spain, but when we walked the Camino we passed through Melide, and stopped at one of the best restaurants for octopus, Pulperia Exequiel! I can still taste it, and thoroughly understand your passion for it!

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  3. What a wonderful anniversary photo! Thanks for sharing your travels. I am vicariously living through you! I don’t know about the octopus though… Haha!!!

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