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Jul 16, 2016 - Lisbon July 11 - 15

Portugal had won the European Soccer Cup the day before we arrived in Lisbon, so there were lots of happy people everywhere! Statues and monuments were draped with flags and scarves in the national colors. It was festive and fun! Our hotel was an interesting place named Hotel Casa de Saõ Mamede. We were given an old skeleton key to unlock our room 101. For extra security, there was a chain slide-bolt inside the room. It is a small, old (1758), and charming hotel with a rather long history of Saint Mamede posted on a plaque. In brief: he was...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Portugal Final Posting

FINAL POSTING All good intentions can go astray. I had intended doing this final blog as soon as we got home but one is easily caught up in the daily routines of being home and before you know it three weeks have gone by. Our last few days were spent in Lisbon – Lisboa in Portuguese. Lisbon – city of seven hills, city of old and new (post 1755 that is), city of many, many statues and monuments, city very similar to San Francisco. Lisbon has a history much like any other city in the Iberian Peninsula. Originally settled in the 7th century by...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Lisbon & Sintra

We got up at 7.30 this morning and had breakfast in hotel. Two women were running the dining room today, and they had everything under control, putting the two young men from the day before to shame. After breakfast we walked around to the Rossio railway station which looks very nice from the outside, almost like a palace. We bought ourselves return tickets to Sintra, which was very easy to do. About 100 times easier than topping up a myki card. We were very early, as the train we expected to leave at 9.30, left from a different terminus,...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Lisbon

Day 2 – Lisbon We woke up very early (about 5am) and started getting ourselves ready slowly. We're feeling refreshed after a sleep, but both of us feel like we could do with another day of sleep. We went downstairs at 7am and had some breakfast in the bistro area of the hotel. The two guys running it don't seem very interested, as the food isn't restocked very quickly, and the tables aren't being cleared. However for the price, the food is quite good and there is a decent variety. We headed out to the tourist bus, and got the front position...

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Jun 8, 2016 - Lisbon

Day 1 Lisbon. We've arrived late this afternoon in Lisbon due to a delay with our plane in Charles de Gaulle Airport. The Singapore flight landed at 7am and we were meant to be in the air at 10.55 on our way to Lisbon, however they had a defect with the plane, so they were bringing in a replacement. This meant we didn't leave until 12.15pm. When we got to Lisbon the Hotel Tejo gave us some good news that we were being upgraded to a suite for our honeymoon. The room is very spacious and newly furnished, although the exterior has some rotted...

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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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