A Patch of Sky a personal travel journal

Lisbon: Day Four

Sintra For Friday, I had splurged on a tour to Sintra through Context Travel. From what I had read, one could easily “do” Sintra without needing a guide, but we were interested in knowing the history of the sites we were to visit. Besides, after our trip to Belém, I was more than happy to have someone tell me what to do. We woke and breakfaste... Read more

Lisbon: Day Three

The Day I Messed Up The plan for day three was to spend the morning in Belém, then continue to Cascais for the afternoon. I somehow managed to both under- and over-research Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, which led to some confusion and a botched visit. We slept in on Thursday and woke to a cloudy morning with a bit of a chill in the air. I had hoped ... Read more

Lisbon: Day Two

The Tram We had a much needed good night’s sleep and awoke on Wednesday at 8:00 to another cloudy morning. Our room rate included breakfast, so we ate at the excellent hotel buffet every morning, which kept us going until late afternoon most days. My itinerary for day two had us catching a bus to the Azulejo Museum first thing, but neither of ... Read more

Lisbon: Day One

Arrival For weeks, I had been picturing a city gleaming white in the sun, brilliant blue skies above–as it’s shown in all the guidebooks and online photos. And until a few days before we left, that was the forecast. But on Tuesday morning, we arrived to a Lisbon shrouded in clouds, with more clouds in the forecast ahead. D and I have a knack fo... Read more

Lisbon: The Start

Sometime in July, my boss asked me when I was going to use my remaining vacation time. I realized I had no trips planned for the rest of the year and felt a sudden need to get out of the country, preferably before the busy fall season at work. D and I did some quick thinking about where we might go that would be manageable in five to six days, ... Read more