Merry Christmas from Lisbon

Feliz Natal de Lisboa🎄🎄🎄

Here are some memorable moments from Christmas 2021

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Sightseeing in Salzburg

On my second day in Salzburg, I bought a Salzburg Card and began sightseeing.

The first place I visited was the Mirabell Palace and Gardens.

Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitena for his mistress Salome Alt.
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Ettal Abbey, Germany

“I like this region!” – stepping onto a train at Munich’s Hauptbanhof, along with others carrying hiking poles and backpacks, I said to myself.

The train was headed to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski town near Zugspitze, the highest peak of Germany.

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Mountains, Lakes & Castles

I originally intended to write a post about Neuschwanstein. But, due to the pandemic, the number of visitors inside the castle was limited, by the time I looked up tickets for King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle, it’s already sold out. There were tickets available at the Hohenschwangau Castle, however, given that it was a beautiful autumn day after a streak of rainy days , I decided to stay en plain air and enjoy the natual settings – mountains & lakes – around the castles.

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Arrival in Munich

I just completed my first trip outside of Portugal since my move to Lisbon. It’s also my first “international” trip after the start of this pandemic. I was super excited, yet nervous about being in a crowded space – airports, airplanes, trains, restaurants & concert venues, you name it – In the end, my fear was overcome by the great yearning to travel, to be in some place else. So there I went.

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