Lisbon Day 2: Belém

Today we take the bus to Belém because it is a little far to walk.

First it is time for lunch, especially Portuguese roasted chicken. It is the best. A finds us a great place nearby to try.

After lunch of course it is time for dessert. We head over to Pastéis de Belém. We try their wonderful custard desserts.

We both ended up buying six, which probably wasn’t the best idea. But I finished them over the next couple days: ate them in the morning and as a train snack.

After our dessert we walked over to the Jerónimos Monastery.

Lit candle for my mom

We soon discover we are where Vasco da Gama the explorer is buried.

Rope with different knots

We have Fado reservations for the evening so we return to closer to the main part of town. While we wait we watch tourist boats in the harbor. I ended up taking this boat about a week later when I was traveling alone again. It was quite fun.

Now it is off to Fado. I’ll dedicate a post to this later. Bye!


A must while in the Asturias (in my case Gijon) is to try out a local Sideria.

A Sideria is a bar that serves a local cider. There are many to choose from. You order by the bottle which is the same size everywhere.

I enjoyed checking out one of the more popular ones called La Galana.

They fill the cider bottle from here.

The cider is good but what is also fun is watching the cider men pouring. They place the bottle up above their head and the glass close to their knees and pour. Most do not look while they are pouring.

I did not get a video but this is what it looks like.

I got to pour my own. And yes there was spillage.

It wasn’t all cider…..

I also tried local dishes.

Cachopo. I wasn’t a huge fan. It was basically a fried steak with ham and cheese. Too rich for me.
Fabada Asturiana – This was actually good but probably better as a fall or winter dish.
This was a salad with octopus. Not bad for a random cafe.
Artwork that includes cider bottles.

Calle del Laurel

One of the best things to do in Logroño is take a tapas stroll down Calle del Laurel. It just so happens that my hotel room is located in the middle of it all.

I only scheduled one evening in town so after some daytime sightseeing I return to my room to freshen up for my food crawl.

During the day the street is easy to navigate but at night it becomes very busy

Logroño does pintxos right. You can find a few cafes that will offer many choices like below.

But what is different about most of this crawl is that there are specialty stops, meaning many places have their item that they do well. In addition most places are paired with a local vintage. So basically you have unique food and wine pairings at each spot.

Logroño really knows how to eat well!

As it gets later the street gets more crowded.

Probably my favorite of the night is Bar Volapie. There are many choices to eat but the specialty is the peel and eat prawns. I enjoyed my prawns and wine.

The crowd keeps getting thicker and I keep getting fuller so it is time to go back to my room. What a great night!

My cute little room

I definitely recommend Logroño as a stop in the region.

Mercado de la Ribera

I love my food markets and I found one around the corner from where I am staying in Bilbao.

Mercado de la Ribera is supposed to be the biggest covered market in Europe. How did I not know this existed?

Anyway I stumbled in this market because it is near my hotel and I was hot and looking to cool down.

Once entering I noticed at least two levels of fresh goods. Many stalls were closed but it could have been a the time of day that I visited. There was no lack of goods for shoppers.

I’m a traveler with no kitchen so what I really needed was the tapas food court located on the second floor.

There are so many different tapas choices that it might not be a bad idea to visit multiple times to try all you wish to try.

Mercado de la Ribera