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May 19, 2016 - Lisbon

Today we got out of town and went on a bit of a religious pilgrimage. I know that's hard to believe. We wanted to see Nazare, where a world record 100ft wave was ridden and recorded in 2011. We weren't ready to drive again so we took a bus tour. The tour also included; Obidos, Sitio da Nazare, Batalha monestery and Basilica and Holy Trinity Church at Fatima. It doesn't matter how many times you visit some of these old churches you really can't help but be amazed and impressed at architecture, the stained glass and the sculptures. Of course...

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May 18, 2016 - Lisbon

Better day today. Because of the hilliness and narrowness of the old part of town, only a small tram can manoeuvre its way through it. Saw most of the old city, its quite big. In fact Lisbon is a very big city with very friendly locals who mostly speak some English and make us feel welcome. After our trip around the city we visited the Fado Museum (lucky for us, free today). Never heard of Fado? Neither had we, very famous soulful musical style here. It has received UNESCO's highest recognition of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. To finish...

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May 17, 2016 - Lisbon

No photos today, to speak of. Too buggered. Let me try to explain. We left Santander early for flight to Lisbon. Having stayed in the old part of cities before l am well aware of the hidden, narrow winding lanes and the hills, so many emails passed between myself and the owner of the apartment. Finally decided on the aerobus to the centre of the city and taxi to our apartment. Best laid plans etc. Got to the city centre fine then the taxi drivers told us it was just 5 minutes up the road and they wouldn't drive us. Obviously Glenn didn't...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal

As we arrived in Lisbon, we sailed under the 25th April Bridge. Quite apropos, since today is April 25th. Created along the lines of the San Francisco Bridge, it commemorates the end of Lisbon's civil war. Today is actually a national holiday in Lisbon, and one of the first sunny non rainy days. People were out at the parks, towns, everywhere, enjoying the day. Upon docking in Lisbon, we joined a tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. The city sights of Lisbon were beautiful, with a baroque influence. This oldest quarter, the Alfama,...

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Jan 13, 2016 - Sintra, Portugal: Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Sintra today. I think I I paid too much (E$18.00) for the hop on hop off bus. But I did get to see something I didn't have planned...the western point of Portugal or Cabo da Roca with the lighthouse. It was a very mountainous ride through beautiful forests, but on very small, narrow roads. This is not the tourist season and I was the ONLY one on the bus. Capuchins Convent: This means Cork Convent and was for the order of St. Francis, or Franciscan monks and this order believed in living very simply with nature. Everything...

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Jan 12, 2016 - Traveling From Lisbon to Sintra, Portugal

On this beautiful sunshiny day I roll my suitcase 10+ blocks to the train station for my first stop from Lisbon on my journey toward Porto in the north of Portugal. First stop for two nights is Sintra a very small hilly town about 30 minutes by train from Lisbon. Once I get there I rolled my suitcase downhill and back and forth a few times before I finally find the Chalet Saudade @ US$63 nightly, a boutique hotel, set back from the street. I have a lovely room with all the conveniences and am overjoyed since my last place in Lisbon had a...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Lisbon: Castle of Sao Jorge

The river running through Lisbon is the Tagus that originates in Spain and runs through Portugal. At Lisbon it empties into the Atlantic Today was a beautiful sunshiny day. I went to the Castle of Sao Jorge (George). It is called a Castle because the Portuguese Kings lived here until 1500's when they moved to the port plaza, where the action was. But it was first and for the longest time a Fort. It is a great place to wander around, enjoy the view, and soak up Portuguese history. Early Phoenicians lived on the hilltop, close to the Tagas...

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Jan 10, 2016 - Tram Travel in the Alfama in Lisbon

Today was a beautiful day until about 2 PM. I rode the Tram all around the Alfama area twice! Was going to get off and explore the castle but it started to rain. So I will do that tomorrow. Instead I visited the "Lisbon Story House", an indoor thing to do on a rainy day. In animations, videos, and displays it showed the development of Lisbon, historically, from the founding by the Phoenicians, Romans, and Crusaders and the great earthquake and tsunami of 1755 that destroyed much of Lisbon and killed 10,000 people. The wind was fierce. If I...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Lisbon Art Museum and Move to Alfama Area

I walked 14,800 steps today! Yes, I took my step counter with me. I have mastered the transportation system here and took a bus to the Gulbenkein Art Museum. They had Rembrants, Rubens, Monets and one of my favorite John Singer Sargent. Also some of the oldest King James bibles. Was very nice and worth the visit. When returning to my hotel I collected one suitcase and left the carry on one for my return the end of the month. I took the bus to my new location for next 3 nights in the Afama area. It is near the Tagus River east of Belem area....

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Jan 7, 2016 - Another Rainy Day in Lisbon & UNESCO Sites

My second day in Lisbon I started out much earlier. But still having trouble figuring out transportation. I was determined to use only public transportation since I spent too much on taxis yesterday. Finally found a hop-on and finished my 24 hour ticket and got right to the Belem area and into Jeronimos Monetary and Santa Maria's Cathedral, cloisters, and museum. The church and the monastery, land nearby Tower of Belém symbolize the Portuguese Age of Discovery and are among the main tourist attractions of Lisbon and are UNESCO and World...

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Jan 6, 2016 - I'm in Lisbon Portugal!

I can't believe I'm in Lisbon Portugal. I have a nice hotel ($50 a night, Expo Astoria) near the business/shopping area of Lisbon and within walking distance of many sights. The first night I slept 12 hours! Really tired after the 32 hour trip and even before that getting condo ready to leave for 2 months. So I got a late start my first day here. I decided to explore the Belem (Portuguese words are similar to Spanish, but have very different pronunciations. Belem pronounced Bra lay ng). It is an area near the Tagus River. I bought a 24...

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Jan 5, 2016 - PORTUGALTrip Begins

Hear I go again with another grand, solo, travel adventure. This time a month in Portugal, beginning with Lisbon, Lisboa, as they say in Portugal. My Portuguese language is very limited. Fortunately some Spanish works. I begin with a week in Lisboa, then one night stops in 3 UNESCO towns, a week in Porto with lots of visits to the 'wine caves' and the Douro Valley. Then a day train to travel the length of Portugal from Porto in the north to Lagos, and a week in Tavira in the south Algarve region.

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