Taste Of Tradition: Pasteis de Belem

 In the Belem district of Lisbon, there is the famous and ancient Pasteis de Belem, established since 1837 where they still make the flaky pastel de Belem, custard tarts that originated from the ancient recipes of the monks that lived in the nearby Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. They still make it by hand and then baked to its sweet perfection. When we visited, there was a long line outside. It was busy inside with all the tables full. I tried the hot chocolate together with the tarts. It was so delicious, the flakes so delicate, the custard so light and sweet at the same time. As you can see, the visitors in the line all looked so serious. Who would have thought that buying the pastel de Belem is still serious business in the 21st Century?  For someone with a sweet tooth like me, visiting the original place where the Portuguese tarts began is definitely worth a visit. 

Weekend In Lisboa

 During our visit to Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, we were amazed by the various hilly districts with its colourful buildings either painted or covered in colourful tiles, all preserved and not damaged by any World Wars. The City is so historical and was built from the Tagus River all the way up the various hills. No wonder the most famous navigators and explorers like Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco Di Gama were Portugese. Going froward many Centuries,  travelling around Lisbon involves riding in their Metro, the historic trams, buses and for the more adventurous, there is the Tuk Tuk, made famous from Thailand and these yellow mobiles (photo above). It also helped that the weather in Portugal was sunny and warm even during this Fall season. Portugal is full of beautiful wonders with so many to see and learn about their history, culture, their joys, struggles, music, the Fado, their wines and most of all their fresh and delicious seafood. Visiting Lisbon far exceeded our expectations and we enjoyed every moment of it. 
Inside Palacio Nacional.

Santuario De Fatima: Centennial Of The Apparitions

 One of the reasons we visited Portugal this year is the 100th Year of the Apparitions of Mother Mary to the three children of Fatima in Portugal. The three children were Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia who were so young, playing innocently in the fields when the Mother Mary appeared to them from 13 May 1917 to 13 October 1917. Through visions, Mother Mary showed them heaven, hell and several secrets on what will happen to the World and mankind. Three of those secrets were actually fulfilled with World War I from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918, World War II  from 1939 to 1945 and the attempted assassination of Saint Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The bullet that hit the Pope was offered by him to the Mother Mary and now rest in her crown at the Santuario. I am sharing this today on the 11 November, Remembrance Day/Armistice Day here in Canada as we remember the sacrifices of our war heroes and those who died.  Our Lady is still asking us up to now to keep on praying for World Peace. 
The original Shrine where Our Lady appeared to the 3 children. 
Saint Pope John Paul II attempted assassination bullet rest in Her crown here. 
The Sisters of Mercy praying with the people. 
Tombs of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia
Never quit the rosary.
- Pope Francis

Tensions between great powers persists...Peace is a central subject of the message. By asking us to pray the rosary every day for peace, Our Lady wants to unchain, through prayer a general mobilization that leads to an active commitment for peace. 
- Bishop of Leira-Fatima

Lisbon: A City Of Discoveries

 This year, we travelled to Portugal. Our first stop was Lisbon which we learnt is a city of discoveries. It turned out that there are so many to see and learn around Lisbon.  The views from above as our airplane, TAP Portugal, the national carrier was about to land were spectacular  that truly impressed us. So breathtaking, a sign that our expectations will be exceeded and that we will have many more to discover in this country. As you know, Portugal was a country that started the expeditions beyond Europe to discover India, Asia and North America. Now, it is time for us to discover Portugal. 
View of the Vasco de Gama Bridge, the longest Bridge in Europe built right on the Tagus River.  
Ghostly arrival of a Cruise Ship on the Tagus River in Lisbon. 
Belem Tower built in the 15th Century to protect the city from pirates. This is where the expeditions started to discover the New World. 
Monument of the Discoveries to celebrate Henri The Navigator, Vasco De Gama, the sailors and religious priests that joined to discover the New World.
View of the Monument of Discoveries. 
Lisbon is a city of many Hills. View of the Tagus River from the Palacio Nacional. 
Night view of Lisbon from Alfama, the old district. 

Pamela lives in Toronto, Canada, currently working in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Chic Delights blog has evolved into an on-line magazine about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (