August 15th: Famous Nata's, part of Jerinomo's Monastery, playground, and picnic.
|Nata's are said to originate in Pasteis de Belem. Because these delectable treats are so delicious, the line to acquire them wraps around the building.|
|Once inside you can see why the line moves so fast. They are very efficient and have things down to a science.|
|Amelie and Liam enjoying their Nata's on a nearby park bench in the shade.|
Everyone is happy with these custard filled treats.
|Jeronimo's Monastery is impressive both inside and out.|
|Vasco de Gamma's tomb.|
|Bobby and I agreed that this is one of our favorite churches with it's detailed carvings in the columns.|
|Amelie and Liam love holding hands these days.|
|Amelie practicing her gymnastic moves. She also did a wonderful job climbing the climbing wall with little assistance. She is turning into a brave little climber!|
|Liam would run up and down the platforms, over and over again. He was extremely sweaty by the end.|
|The lateness of the hour caused us to turn to our old faithful: McDonald's for dinner. Enjoying a picnic on the grass with Jeronimo's Monastery in the background.|
|Of course one of the favorite parts of the kid's day was playing in the mist outside of the Modern Art Museum.|
|Amelie in front of paintings by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, and Picasso.|
|A day in Belem is not complete without nata's!|
August 18th: National Coach Museum, Street Market, and Monument to the Discoveries
|The National Coach Museum had tons of 15th and 16th century carriages used in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.|
|The detail on the coaches whether it be for a wedding ceremony, a baby dedication, travel as an ambassador were amazing. This cherub holding a flaming heart was on a carriage used to a baby dedication of a prince.|
|Amelie had lots of questions so we were able to read her the signs posted and explain how things used to work (to the best of our knowledge).|
|Liam doing his traditional nap in untraditional places.|
|They even had an area of carriages and equipment used for children.|
|As you can see, this museum has one of the finest collection of carriages in the world!|
|As we were walking to our next stop we happened up a street market selling various goods. |
Bobby was very excited about our find. We found out they come every 1st and 3rd Sunday so we will be back.
|During our Skype call with Mimi and Poppy later that night, Liam kept telling them about the sail boats.|
Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) on the Tagus River.
|Stopped by to cool our feet off.|
|The walk home was long, but you can't beat the view.|