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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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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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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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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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