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Jul 12, 2015 - Lisbon

After three days of wedding celebrations I took the train to Lisbon. i had arranged to spend a few days with Peter and Ana, helping them enjoy their honeymoon! We stayed at wonderful apartments in the heart of Lisbon owned by Luis, a friend of Ana's. The food is wonderful and prices reasonable. It was wonderful being with people who were local! Lisbon is a lovely city and it was very easy to spend time there.

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Jul 9, 2015 - Cascais

I am now in Cascais in Portugal. Cascais is about a 45 minute drive from Lisbon, on the ocean......which should have been a 40 euro taxi ride! Except I got cheated out of 65! Oh well.....these things happen. I came to Cascais for my friend Ana's wedding to Peter who is Australian. They live in Australia but Ana is from Cascais. I am very lucky to be staying with Isabel, a friend of Ana's in a huge house right in the centre of Cascais. Not sure how many bedrooms......two maids, pool etc. it has been an extraordinary time meeting Ana's...

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Jun 26, 2015 - Portugal - Part 2

We are still in Portugal as we travel very, very slowly. We might drive about 50 miles, find someplace we like, and then stay three or four days. We have been touring mostly along the coast heading inland only if there are some interesting cities to visit. One such city was Coimbra. Coimbra is the location of the University of Coimbra which was started way back in 1290. The University is a Unesco Heritage Site. The most interesting University building is the Biblioteca Joanina or library. The library houses over 55,000 books dating back to...

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May 27, 2015 - Lisbon

We are in now Lisbon enjoying the chance to see the Volvo Ocean Race boats who arrived this morning - Once we had mastered the public tram system which means push yourself on board we headed out to check out the boats - The girls boat was still in the water as they had just arrived a couple of hours ago. The kids loved seeing the size of the boats. Its very hot here at the moment. We have been out to the beaches about an hour from Lisbon - amazing sand but water is still freezing. Here is Ollies story for today Today we tried to catch a...

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May 20, 2015 - Walking the streets of Lisbon

We got up to less wind then yesterday and a sunny sky. I guess we are lucky as there is rain and nasty weather in other parts of Europe. We rode the hop on hop off for awhile this morning and then got off in Centro for coffee and our first custard tart before taking the funicular up to the Bairro Alto area. Our first stop was a park with a lovely view of the city. Artists were just starting to set up there and we found some little pieces. Then it was a stroll through the streets seeing more interesting windows and tiled buildings. We pasted...

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May 19, 2015 - Blowing through Lisbon

The morning started off cooler and cloudy. The clouds disappeared but the wind didn't- in fact it seemed to pick up speed throughout the day. We had great plans to take the metro downtown and sight see. Surprise - the metro was on strike, the buses were full and we walked the distance. This gave us a chance to see more of the buildings and the many statues ( they really like statues here)! We ended up on a hop on hop off bus (there are 3 different companies and we managed to pick the worst) and did see quite a bit of the city. We visited...

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May 18, 2015 - A change of years - castles today

Today was a switch up - instead of visiting 7000 year ruins or the temples of Ancient Greece we visited 3 castles in the town of Sintra. The first one was just strange as parts dated back to Moorish times but then additions were made King Fernando. He rather liked himself and made sure there were lots of pictures of him everywhere. The guide described it the best - looks like Disney world. We then visited the National Palace of Sintra with its uniquely painted rooms and many tile walls and Murano glass chandeliers. The highlight of this...

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May 17, 2015 - And Greece is a fond memory

After many adventures, numerous Kms, mucho wine, way too much food and lots of laughs the Mamma Mia tour is finished. Six of the group were picked up this morning by the Fantasy Travel bus and representative at 10 am for the long trip back. Clara and I had a couple more hours to enjoy a Starbucks coffee, discover the flea market (you didn't miss anything) and complete the LAST shopping. Of course we did have to have one final Acropolis view and photo before we were picked up by Fantasy Travel and Maria Christina. They certainly looked after...

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May 7, 2015 - Lisbon Portugal

After taking the shuttle bus into central Lisbon it was a bit of a challenge to find the railroad station. But station was found and tickets purchased and we were on our way to Sintra, one of Portugal's oldest towns. In Sintra is the Quinta da Regaleira, one of the most surprising and enigmatic monuments of their cultural landscape. It is found within the historic center on the elegant promenade that linked the Royal Palace, one of the best preserved medieval palaces in Portugal, to the Palace of Seteais, built between 1783 and 1787 and...

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Oct 10, 2014 - Barcelona, Spain

Today is our last day on the ship. We arrived in Barcelona at noon and disembarked at 1:30pm. Our excursion today took us on a panoramic tour ofBarcelona. We saw a lot of the important historical sights including the olympic stadium where the 1992 olympics were held, a hill top view of Barcelona which was quite impressive. We stopped at the Gothic Church designed by a famous architect almost 100 years ago. They hope to complete it by 2026 which will mark the 100th anniversary of the first stone on the sight. We stopped for 1 hour of...

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Oct 9, 2014 - Day at sea

An uneventful day at sea today. My darling wife had a grace matinee so we did not find any chairs available when we finally made it to the pool. We grabbed a table had some Pina Caladas and wine spritzers and played cards. We also took advantage of the day to replenish some energy. After yet another gala diner we retired to our quartors to try to get some sleep. I really envy my wife as she fell asleep within minutes her head hit the pillow. Me on the other hand did not sleep much.

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Oct 8, 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal

We arrived at the Lisbon Port at 7:00am, it was dark outside. We rapidly got ready and had a quick breakfast as we had to be ready for pick up for our Fatima excursion by 8am. We had an excellent tour guide in Isabelle who gave us plenty of historical information on Portugal which I will fill in at a later date as Internet access on the ship is at prohibitive costs. Our one and a half hour drive there was of the most informative as she talked about the history of the miracle of Fatima. Once there we visited the new Basilica where we...

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