After coming back to Lisbon, I decided to visit Belem as my host suggested. From the famous Belem Tower to the Jeronimos Monastery - Vasco da Gama's resting place, to the Discoveries Monument -with carvings of the world's explorer both sides of the monument, there was a lot to explore. The pavement in front of the monument is decorated with a mosaic representing a compass with the map of the world charting the routes taken by the Portuguese explorers (Amazing isn’t it!). There was something to learn and take away with myself from this place. It was a beautiful mix of art and history surviving till date.
All the walking made me hungry and I reached the famous Pasteis de Belem, to try their famous custard tarts or pastries. These were nothing short of little bundle of heaven as I enjoyed them sitting near the river cherishing the places I visited in my journey so far.
It was my last day of an amazing journey which started with a dream I dared to fulfill. Finding my way from one city to another, meeting some amazing people, getting to know the culture, food, art, and the history left me richer than I was before. I was happy that I did a lot more than the usual. Admiring the art work at Amsterdam, the beauty of church at Barcelona, the magnificent science in Valencia, the beautiful life at Madrid and the amazing history at Lisbon was an enriching experience. Sitting there near the Tagus River one last time, I realized that travelling is not to fulfil a bucket list we all make. It is a learning that makes us mature with every step we take, admire the difference with every place we visit, bring us closer to people we otherwise would never meet and, makes us more humble as we breath and respect a culture far different then what we live.
With all that and a promise to never let this hunger die, I kissed the city of Lisbon, all the people I met, and my travel adventure farewell until next time as I made my way to pack my bags for my flight back to Mumbai.
Until next time...for a new adventure :)
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