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Jun 20, 2014 - Weary Traveller

Lisbon, a place I always wanted to see, and am not disappointed. Nadine, I had been told that Spain was a shoppers paradise however I must say a wander down the main shopping drag in Lisbon was an eye opener with every brand name imaginable (shame I'm not a shopper and have no capacity to carry extra gear). I was sorry to leave the beautiful ancient, laid back city of Santiago behind. I spent Friday just wandering around, reliving my Camino Pilgrimage thoughts, watching pilgrims arrive in the main square all day (as I sat beer in hand and...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Portugal--Day 10

My father is an amazing man. He has always been a good father and a—okay, he has always been slightly annoying, which may explain a lot about me. He has an incredible work ethic he tried to pass along to his kids. He has always been an optimist, choosing to believe the best about people and expect the best in the future. But his later years have been a real test for him. Dad walks with a cane. Walks very slowly with a cane. And he rides a scooter to keep him mobile. He is 76 and still working full-time with no real plans to retire. On the...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 9, 2014 - Portugal--Day 9

The breakfast at the Ibis isn’t particularly remarkable: bread, fruit, cereal, cheese, yogurt, coffee or tea. But it is convenient. You can add breakfast to your room for 6 euro and eat it anytime between 6 a.m. and noon. Good for us since it takes us until close to 11 a.m. to get moving. We took a drive through Faro. I mean, we were there, right? Faro is the capital of the Algavra. It is a modest city with a nice walled city next to the coast line. Dad decided to sit in the car while we did a little wandering and took a few pictures....

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 3, 2014 - Portugal--Day 3

We slept pretty late this morning. And it took extra time to get dad ready, hurt shoulder and all. So breakfast here in the hotel was over by the time we got going. We saw a little cafe a few doors down and decided to try it. The proprietor looked a little wary when we asked about breakfast. He offered us a ham or cheese sandwich. Of course, I wanted both and also noticed he had some of the crazy egg custard tarts. So, we all made a pretty big feast of it. We needed to get a harness for dad's right arm. The pharmacy we found didn't have...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 2, 2014 - Portugal--Day 2...Yikes!!!

With many of the sites we want to see in Lisbon clsoed on Monday, we decided today would be a good day for a trip out to Sintra. It's a small coastal town that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Dad set the GPS to a random address in Sintra. And we ended up in a random part of Sintra...about 3o minutes away from everything we wanted to see. That was a challenge as the Palaces and Castles are really only about 30 minutes from our hotel. No worries. The city is so crazy beautiful. Unfortunately, not that accessible. So, mom and dad...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 1, 2014 - Portugal--Day 1

Got a sandwich in Raleigh. Ate half of it. Met my parents in Charlotte. Gave my mom the other half of my sandwich and got on the plane to Lisbon. It was the old time kind of plane that only plays one movie at a time. Something about the woman who wrote Mary Poppins. As it turns out, she was not too hip on Disney making her into a movie...but I guess that's old news, eh? We arrived in Portugal. My dad rides a little scooter. Mobility issues. It's always good for sympathy. One of the immigration officers grabbed us out of line and took us...

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PK--Lost in Europe

May 6, 2014 - Lisbon

Our last port of call is Lisbon. We have all been here before so we made the long walk into town for retail therapy and snacks. We have never sailed in before so it was nice to come up the river and under the bridge. There were six ships in so it was very busy everywhere. John did some souvenir shopping and we bought him a lovely ceramic owl for his birthday (60th) on Friday. It’s a shame he gets off the ship on his birthday but we arranged the “Happy Birthday” celebration at dinner for him before he got off. The three Queens of the Cunard...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Portugal Round Two!!

After eating a delicious tortilla de patatas, aka food of the gods, for a timely dinner around 10:30 pm (see photo above if you don't know what this is- very spanish and very yummy), I have decided to let everyone know how much I still love Lisbon after the second trip! This time was a group excursion with the whole program, and we didn't go to Lagos, but we did stop in Évora. This small Portuguese town is the home of the Chapel of Bones. A long time ago some people decided to dig up all the bones in the town cemetery and use them to build...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Lisbon

Contrary to the forecast, it was a fine day so we took the bus and train into Lisbon. The bus went from right outside the camp to Cascais and the fare was €3.25 each one way; from there the train was €4.80 each return and the hour each way trip offered plenty to see. At the end of the line at Cais do Sodré station we found our way to the Praça do Comércio square and while trying to find the information centre we spied the tuktuk’s at the edge of the square and decided to pay the €45 for a one hour tour of the old city. We had a nice young...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Lisbon

Wet & windy this morning so packed up & moved on early. Had to wait for the guy to unlock the electrical box & disconnect our cable so didn't get away until 8.30 in the end. Moving on up to a site just across the bay to the South of Lisbon. It rained most of the way up but one compensation was that we found cheaper diesel on the way. The normal rate in Portugal has been €1.39 so when I saw a supermarket station advertising diesel for €1.28/ltr we made a quick u-turn & filed up. Only disappointment was that a few miles further on we saw a...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Belem - the best part of Lisbon

Today we drove a short distance down the road to Belem a suburb of Lisbon whose waterfront sits on the Rio Tejo and has a number of attractions. After parking we walked along the front our first stop was at the Torre de Belem (Tower of Belem). This tower was built between 1515 and 1520 to defend the mouth of the Tejo River until the earthquake of 1755 shifted the rivers course. It is now one of the symbols of Lisbon. Just up from the tower was a modern day symbol -a memorial to the Portuguese fallen. Returning back along the front we came...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Day 20 - Intercidades Porto - Lisboa

No photos to show today. Just a quiet trip on the Intercidades (IC) train from Porto back to Lisbon. We have to get up early today, make sure we get our very interesting breakfast. At least today, the staff appear happier and the food is fresher. We figure that it's probably faster to catch the metro from Batlho to Campagna station rather than the closer railway station San Bento (which is virtually next door) as the metro runs every 5 minutes rather than the San Bento suburban rail line which is every 20 or so minutes. Once there, we just...

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