As I posted above, I'm participating in Vacation Cruise organized by my darling blog friend Colleen from ddna. Already we've visited The Netherlands, Italy, Canada and France. Oh, it's so nice to see what everyone shows about their country! :)
Today we have a stop in Portugal. That's my place! So let's go to see a bit of this beautiful country from mine point of view...
What do I really love about Portugal it's NATURE.
The blue of Sky and Atlantic Ocean changes every time and we can see all tones of this wonderful color's palette...
And flowers!!! Actually they are blooming during all year... but, you are lucky to be here in Spring. In this period of the year they are the most beautiful. And fresh smell of Orange trees rising up throw the air...
Also you can visit The Lisbon Zoo - wonderful place especially if do you come with kiddo.
Did you know that Portuguese people are coffee lovers? Their favorite is Café Espresso, they go to the closest coffee shop a few times per day and almost never drink coffee at home. The cup is very small and coffee is very strong!
Portuguese like to meat friends out of their houses and usually they stay in a coffee shop. There they are watching Football games on TV, drinking bear and eating CARACÕIS (snails) - one of the favorite Portuguese dainty.
Do you want to try? :)
Portuguese have their own music genre called FADO. The first records of this music was written in the early 19th century, but history says that roots of FADO can find much earlier. In the years of 1840s FADO appeared in Lisbon.
Through centuries Portuguese fadistas sing songs about their hard life, saudades (missing someone or something) and suffering...
On the video you can see one of the most popular Fado singer in nowadays - MARIZA
Portugal is famous with a painted, tin-glazed, Ceramic Tilework AZULEJO. You can find it everywhere - inside and outside, on walls, floors and even ceilings.
Azulejos are great testimonials of Portuguese history. Like paintings on the walls of caves show us the life of the early civilization, Azulejos show the life of Portuguese people.
Oh boy... I'd show you more and more and more, but don't think you have enough patience to stay here so long :)
Just only one thing - DO NOT GO AWAY FROM LISBON IF YOU DID NOT TRY PASTEIS DE BELÉM!
Fluffy and creamy custard tarts with some pinch of cinnamon... yummm...They bake these amazing cakes almost 200 years there, in Belém. The recipe is created in Monastery by Nuns and bakers are keeping it in big SECRET.
If you are so far away from Lisbon and want a cake here and now, you can get a recipe of Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Whipped Cream and Caramel Dressing. Today I'm guest blogger on ddna
(thank you darling Colleen!!!) and there I've posted one. Also the recipe is available HERE.
Voilá! Thats all for today. Can't wait were we will fly tomorrow...