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Ice Cream Checklist: Frozen treats that are just cool or send a chill down your spine

‘Tis the season for ice cream and other summer delights, and I hereby fondly remember the types of ice cream I’ve tried and note down here those yet to try. I also love trying different flavours; Gelato Gusto in Brighton alone has introduced me to black truffle and honey, pear and parmesan, brown bread, and buttermilk and seabuckthorn. I have also eaten hemp ice cream from Restaurant Klarisa in Dubrovnik. If you’ve eaten any of these frozen delights or can add to my wishlist, do leave a comment!

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Lisbon: What to love and what not to love about Portugal’s capital city

A doorway in Lisbon

A logo saying ‘love Lisbon’

To love or not to love, that is the question…After a week’s stay in Oeiras with my friend Qi within the Lisbon urban area, here is my answer! In Lisbon I wandered on my own and visited the Castelo de São Jorge (Lisbon Castle), the Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral), the Oceanário, the largest aquarium in Europe, and the Museu de Arte Antiga (or NMAA). Outside of Lisbon I took train rides to Sintra and Belém to visit Sintra Palace, Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleria, the Mosteiros dos Jeronimos (Jerónimos Monastery), and the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower). With Qi and her friends I took train rides to Setúbal and Cascais to visit the Igreja de Jesus Cristo (Church of Jesus Christ), catch the ferry from Setúbal to the Tróia peninsula where there are some pretty beaches, to see the Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth), a famous cliff formation, to play on the beaches at Estoril, and to look at the stalls at the artisan festival in Cascais. I also strolled with Qi and her parents to Carcavelos from Oeiras. Tips: It is popular to rent a bike to get to the Boca do Inferno, but you need your passport. The icing on the cake: If you are lucky, when crossing the Sado River you may see dolphins (we didn’t). Continue reading