Lisbon’s Hidden Jewels

LISBON, PORTUGAL – Portugal is known for its delicious pastries but here in the Belem district people line is the Pastel de Belem is best described as “an egg pastry that must be sprinkled with powder sugar and cinnamon. And the recipe for these delicious treats is a 200 year old secret first started by the monks at the nearby monastery.

Speaking of that….its our next stop down the street. The monastery of St. Jerome sits facing  the Tagus river and was first built by the orders of King Manuel in 1501. Today visitors can see inside the main corridor and the chapel where the explorer Vasco da Gamas remains lay.

For our last stop…..we head to the worlds oldest bookstore. Don’t believe it? Check the Guinness book of world records! Bertrands has been selling books since 1732… yes that’s before the american revolution….today at Bertrands you can even find popular titles in English. If anything its just cool to say you have bought a book at the worlds oldest store.

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Joel is a senior at Loras College and a Dubuque native. Joel is the Producer for SportsZONE, as well as anchor, reporter and commentator for Live Sports. Joel has spent past summers as a sports intern for KCCI-TV in Des Moines and has also interned for the Iowa Cubs video team. Joel has a strong passion for sports and loves to be involved in the community.

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