20 from Portugal

The end of our school year this past April was broken up with a well-deserved holiday week. We took full advantage by spending the week exploring stunning Portugal. Flying into Lisbon, we spent a few days wandering both its touristic and gritty sides before picking up a motorcycle and driving north east. We spent a night in medieval Coimbra, toured one of the world’s most beautiful libraries at the university, and hopped back on the bike to ride it through a snowstorm over the highest pass in the country. The next night was spent with great friends and delicious wine in an old stone farmhouse overlooking the Serra de Estrela mountain range. A ride through the port vineyards along the Rio Duero took us into Porto, where we spent a couple days before hustling back south to return our bike. I took a bunch of pictures. Here are my 20 favourites:

 

 

A skateboarding couple shares a romantic moment from Lisbon's central pier.
A skateboarding couple shared a romantic moment on Lisbon’s central pier.

 

Tourists enjoyed exploring the Praça do Comércio.
Tourists enjoyed exploring the Praça do Comércio.

 

The (in)famous Tram 28. I'm glad this isn't my daily commute.
The (in)famous Tram 28. I’m glad this isn’t my daily commute.

 

Lisbon's bustling trams.
Lisbon’s bustling trams.

 

Lisbon's Igreja de São Domingos was built in the 13th century and rebuilt a few times. After a fire gutted the current building in 1959, they a lot of the damage intact.
Lisbon’s Igreja de São Domingos was built in the 13th century and rebuilt a few times since. After a fire gutted the current building in 1959, they left a lot of the damage intact.

 

We enjoyed a sundown over Lisbon from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.
We enjoyed a sundown over Lisbon from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

 

One of Lisbon's signature trams lit up at night.
One of Lisbon’s signature trams lit up at night.

 

A day trip out to Sintra had us at the bottom of the largest well I've ever seen.
A day trip out to Sintra had us at the bottom of the largest well I’ve ever seen on the sprawling grounds of the estate Quinta da Regaleira.

 

The colourful and eclectic Palacio da Pena at Sintra.
The colourful and eclectic Palacio da Pena at Sintra.

 

More carving at the Palacio da Pena.
More carving at the Palacio da Pena.

 

An epic view over Sintra from the Palacio da Pena.
An epic view over Sintra from the Palacio da Pena.

 

The massive Batalha Monastery made a wonderful pit-stop on our way up to Coimbra.
The massive Batalha Monastery made a wonderful pit-stop on our way up to Coimbra.

 

Coimbra's medieval streets at night.
Coimbra’s medieval streets at night.

 

Above the clouds on our way up and over the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest pass.
Above the clouds on our way up and over the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest pass.

 

A sunset view of Porto's old buildings.
A sunset view of Porto’s old buildings.

 

Porto's train station was just gritty enough to be awesome.
Porto’s train station was just gritty enough to be awesome.

 

Porto at night.
Porto at night.

 

Lisbon's tram-lined streets capped off our visit.
Lisbon’s tram-lined streets capped off our visit.

 

Another Lisbon tram at night.
Another Lisbon tram at night.

 

A parting drink of the local liquor, ginjinha, at sunset made a fitting end to our trip.
A parting drink of the local liquor, ginjinha, at sunset made a fitting end to our trip.

 

Thanks for reading.

Joel

1 Comment

  1. What cinematic eyes you both have. I had no idea what some of these places looked like. Thanks.

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