Ten Things That I Want To Do In Portugal This Time
“Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveler. What we see isn’t what we see but what we are.” Fernando Pessoa, Book Of Disquiet
Porto is the colorful, Unesco city that I have wanted to visit. The photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to walk down those streets.
Livraria Lello and Irmao is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Ask JK Rowling.
Drink Port which is named after….
I love seafood and both Porto and Lisbon are on the sea – codfish, sardines, snails, grilled whole fresh fish of the day with coarse salt and crispy, skin, octopus, eels, and snails along with kale soup and pastel de nata is a great reason to go to Portugal (This is a major eating trip)
When I was in Lisbon I didn’t make it to the National Tile Museum ((Museo Nacional De Azulejo). It is located in the Alfama area (where we are staying this time) in a fifteenth century convent. I saw those beautiful tiles on many of the old buildings and palaces when I was there and I want to know more about them.
The Fado Museum (Portuguese guitar music) is also in Alfama and sounds like something I would like. The Fado Museum is a testimony of passion and dedication this country has for Fado and has helped musicians, instrument manufacturers and researchers gain the exceptional esteem which the practice of fado enjoys today.
Buying a few more pair of handmade gloves at Ulisses in Lisbon. They are guaranteed for life so i will check mine before I leave for Portugal .
The Douro Valley is known for its vineyards, landscapes and the Douro River. It’s another amazing place in Portugal that I will see this time.
Drive from Porto to Lisbon stopping in towns and fishing villages along the way.
Buy canned fish to take home from Lisbon. There are many different cans to choose from. Shelves in every corner of the city sit stacked with cans of sardines, horse mackerel, tuna, anchovies, octopus, eel, and more. Some shops sell nothing but tinned fish. It is surprisingly good. It is not like Chicken of the Sea.