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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Belem's Beautiful Buns!!!

Mmmmmmm...... I woke up to beautiful sunshine and all inspired for a delicious brunch!
I haven't been to Belem in a while, so off we trotted to join the jostle of tourists and went to the famous 'Antiga Confeitaria de Belem' (Ru de Belem 90) for tea and a pastel de nata or two!!
You can not possibly visit Belem without stopping for a pastel de nata....... 
Served warm and sprinkled with cinnamon, they are simply delicious.  This tiled cafe with a zillion simple, pretty rooms has been serving them up since 1837. 
 It's a tourist hot spot, but in my eyes, worth it.

Belem (pronounced Ber-layng - i still can't say it right!!!) is a popular spot.  Set on the picturesque river and with a maritime history, it's definitely a nice place to spend some time.
It is from Belem that Vasco da Gama set sail for India in 1497, he returned with a ship full of pepper, in fact enough to pay for his trip 60 times over!!

The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos was built to mark his triumphant success - the discovery of a sea route to the Orient.
This was the start of the Portuguese golden age.......

Don't forget the GIVEAWAY!!!


1 comment:

Summer said...

yummm those look amazing!!! I am def following!
Come visit me and follow if you'd like. I leave for Australia in 1 month and I am going to have some exciting posts!!!

It would be lovely to hear from you :) xoxo Summer

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