A Day in Bélem

It was Wednesday and after a full nights rest we headed to the southwestern parish of Belém. Bélem lies along the Tagus River and includes several of the most popular attractions in the city including the Monument of the Discoveries and the Jerónimos Monastery. The first honors dozens of figures from Portuguese exploration, including Vasco da Gama who found the ever important and vital trade route from Portugal to India.

The second has served many purposes over the years and is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just a few blocks away from the Monastery stands a quiet reprieve called the Jardin Botânico Tropical.

Thoroughly exhausted from our day in Bélem we braved a Tuk Tuk and headed back to our basecamp to prepare for our second evening in Lisbon.

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