Sintra.

Our first day of exploring in Portugal was spent in a small town called Sintra, just outside of Lisbon. Our first stop was the National palace of Sintra.

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From the courtyard of the National Palace, we had a gorgeous view of the Moorish Castle at the top of the hill.

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After checking out the view from the courtyard, we went off in search of pastries and ginja.

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We heard great things about pastries called Travesseiros de Piriquita (which translates to something rather inappropriate, pussy pillows). This shop is where they make the best ones in Sintra. So, we were pretty much obligated to go. I somehow managed to inhale my Travesseiros de Piriquita before snapping a photo, so…..yeah. You’ll have to come here when you’re in Sintra. They are a puff pastry filled with an almond-flavored egg custard. They go deliciously with a tiny coffee!

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After the Travesseiros de Piriquita, we went off in search of some ginja. This is a regional liqueur made from sour cherries that is delicious. Nearly every other shop on the main streets near here sell shots of ginja in a chocolate cup for about €1.

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After nomming on Travesseiros de Piriquita and ginja, we set to burn them off by climbing a gigantic hill to the Moorish Castle. Check back Monday for our ridiculous time climbing up to the Castle!

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