Walking In The Steps Of The Knights Templar

 When we visited Portugal last Fall, we made sure that we joined the original and historic Tour of the Knights Templar. This tour is a whole day tour outside of Lisbon, Portugal visiting the towns that the Knights Templar inhabited and ruled around Portugal. The first place we visited was the Castelo de Almourol located in the middle of the Tagus River. We had to ride a boat to the island then hike up to the castle to visit and learn about this Knights Templar stronghold. They used this castle to protect Portugal from invaders. After visiting the Castle, we drove on and visited the Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal. This huge castle complex was the original stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Christ, which is the Knights Templar branch in Portugal. It is a well preserved round Church in the middle of the castle where the Knights performed their religious service. The whole Church was decorated elaborately in the baroque style. So much history and event must have taken place in that place. I'm sure that the Knights are still using it, secretly. Whatever their secrets are in these buildings, I am sure that they are still around, making history and changing our World. 
View of the Convent of Christ. 

Visiting Igreja de São Roque

 One of the fun things to do in Lisbon is to ride the funiculars around the city that climb the hilly streets around the city and visiting its historical churches.  When we visited Lisbon, we made sure that we rode the Ascensor da Glória which is a funicular railway line that connects the lower Restauradores Square to the higher Bairro Alto district of Lisbon. The ride up was a steep and hilly ride travelling past narrow streets and older buildings of Lisbon. When we reached the Bairro Alto, we walked towards the Igreja de São Roque, the Church of San Roque, a Jesuit Church known for the early 17th Century baroque style chapels in gold. This Church was built in the 16th Century and survived the Lisbon earthquake. When in Lisbon, do not miss riding the funicular railways around the city and visit the historical church in the Birro Alto district of Lisbon.  
Chapel of Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of Lisbon. St Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
Funicular, Ascensor da Gloria.

View from the top at Bairro Alto.

Blossoming of Spring by Chanel

 It was love at first sight when I saw the Chanel's Blossoming of Spring makeup collection at Holt Renfrew in Toronto. The colour palette of the collection are all pastel colours in pinks, light blue, light green, taupe and deep purple to illuminate the eyes and the face. Even the nail polish collection are in spring colours including yellow and fuchsia. I just want to purchase the whole collection to be instyle for spring. Just seeing the collection makes me so excited and gives me a refreshing feeling for spring. 
This whole collection was inspired by the colours of the city of Naples in Italy. 
Watch here the video showing the Inspiration of Naples.

Holy Week: Jeronimos Monastery

 During Holy Week, it is a tradition among Catholics to visit several Churches to pray and reflect on the Passion of Christ. When we visited Lisbon last October, we made sure that we visited the Jeronimos Monastery  in the town of Belem in Lisbon. This site was the former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome, the building of this enormous Church and Monastery was initiated in 1501 and completed 100 years later in 1601. The whole building facade and interior were designed in the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon, carved with intricate ornamentations. This monastery was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Inside the Church of Santa Maria, dedicated to our Mother Mary, there were several Portuguese monarchs and their royal families buried near the main altar and the famous Portuguese navigator and explorer, Vasco Da Gama. Just walking around and exploring the architecture, the history and the Church was full of the history of Portugal. This is one of the beautiful and historical buildings we have ever visited. 
May this Easter be a season of forgiveness, hope and renewal. 
Happy Easter! 

Holy Week: St James Armenian Cathedral

 This weekend, for billions of Christians around the World is the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday, where Jesus was welcomed into the holy city of Jerusalem. Inside the old Jerusalem, one of the quarters we visited was the Armenian Quarter where the St James Cathedral, also known as the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem is located. This Cathedral and Monastery was built during the 12th Century and still standing strong in the present time in the 21st Century. This is the religious home of the Armenian Orthodox Church with their patriarch, senior leaders and monks. The Cathedral is dedicated to two Christian saints: St James the Apostle and St James, brother of Jesus. During our visit to Jerusalem, we were blessed to attend their afternoon prayer session.  The Cathedral's interior was richly decorated with byzantine lamps, centuries old religious icons and paintings. It was such a beautiful and serene place. A perfect place to reflect and pray together with the monks. This Holy Week is our time to renew our soul and reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of our saviour, Jesus Christ. 

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] (