With strong family ties and a childhood spent in Maputo (the capital of Mozambique which in the early 1500s was a Portuguese colony), I grew up speaking Portuguese and adopting many cultural influences rooted in the Portuguese culture.
So when the opportunity came up for me to tag along on my husband's recent business trip to Lisbon, Portugal's capital, I was more than excited to jump at the chance of visiting a country which has long had an influence on various parts of my culture and identity.
Arriving in Lisbon on a sunny saturday morning we made the most of the bright weather by immediately planning a day trip to the city's well-loved Atlantic coast.
Lined with miles of sandy beaches, palm trees and charming coastal towns, the seaside town of Cascais was the perfect start to our adventures in Lisbon.
This small and picturesque seaside resort town has a relaxed beachy atmosphere and is dotted with charming seaside restaurants and an abundance of ocean views.
After walking around town and soaking up the sunny weather we headed towards the "Boca do Inferno " ( mouth of hell ) a popular cliffside along the coast famed for its rugged outlook towards the Atlantic Ocean and the highly temperamental wind which resides on the cliffs and sends waves crashing (with a deadly sound) against the rocks!
Overlooking the expansive blue of the Atlantic Ocean the beautiful views reminded me very much of the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town, back home in South Africa.
Altogether, this scenery coupled with the relaxed resort ambience of Cascais, made for an amazing day by the sea (and a good cure for jet lag!) as we soaked up the last weeks of Lisbon's summer.
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