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May 6, 2017 - Cascais

Saturday 6th May 2017, Cascais - last day in Portugal Decided not to have the Spumante offered at breakfast. And didn't burn the croissants. Had the latest start ever today as it was declared a rest day. Time to stop and smell the roses and see the pigeon nesting on our verandah. Walked and walked. Sat a lot too, just looked. Not a lot of Portuguese culture to get to know as the place is chock full of tourists. Never mind we enjoyed relaxing and strolling along the boardwalk for miles. Such a great - day did not need my jumper until 8 pm....

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May 5, 2017 - Visit to Sintra from Cascais

Friday 5th May 2017 day trip from Cascais to Sintra. This looked easy in the guide but..... Such a truck. Rained like crazy last night and over breakfast. Will we/won't we go? Take a risk. Just missed the 9am bus at the underground bus station - fortunately well ventilated, but we still our yearly dose of diesel fumes. Of the two, of course we took the bus that goes the road less travelled. Well on get anyway.Great scenery long the Atlantic coast with some dark rain clouds for atmosphere (pun). I now know what caused Christine's high blood...

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May 4, 2017 - Lagos to Cascais

Thursday 4th May 2017 Lagos to Cascais Pronounced Caishkaaash ..... maybe. Breakfast nearly caused a problem. I wanted warm croissants so put them in the toaster. It is a slow moving belt under an element. Well the belt was too slow and a small fire ensued. So I sped the machine up to remove the burning embers, but slowed it down - bother wrong direction. The smoke detector was asleep so all was well except I thought I better eat the evidence. Smooth driving all the way on great highways. We have a transponder in the car (etag type thing)...

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Apr 22, 2017 - Porta

Porto is the home of port wine. We got off of our tour bus next to a public park high above street level with shops under it. The river Douro runs through the city and was the the transportation connection to the vineyards The Portugese developed a special boat to haul wine down the river. They are now used to haul tourists. Our walk down to the river was down, down, down. The streets were lined with shops which slowed our progress. We ate lunch at a street cafe on the river. We have to fuel up for the walk back, UP HILL. We took breaks...

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Apr 21, 2017 - Lisbon

Another early departure on a tour bus; this time we are going to the summer palace of the Portuguese royals. This palace is built to resemble Versailles; it is huge with dozens and dozens of rooms, maybe over one hundred. It is nice and very impressive but not in the best of repair. Our tour guide was not the best and I had trouble hearing her. The palace was built in the 16th or 17th century and has many of the original furnishings. It is in good shape for its age. From here we traveled to Sintra, a very hilly village and home of a castle...

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Apr 8, 2017 - Belem near Lisbon

Friday 7th April 2017 visit to Belem Another beautiful and sunny day. It appears there was no spring, just summer. This time we paid for a train ticket. Yesterday we put on the simpleton "I didn't know face" and the the guard let us thru the turnstiles and didn't have to pay. Felt less of a criminal today. Saw guards changing at the Presidents place. Such low key here. Very few police to be seen anywhere and absolutely no military. We have never had security checks outside the airport so I think terrorism must have passed Portugal by....

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Apr 7, 2017 - Lisbon orientation

Thursday 6th April, wander around Lisbon We can do metros. Yes we can. Direction and colour sometimes eludes us, but a helpful local is always there. After walking the wrong direction to meet our morning tour guide, we (I) decided to consult the map rather than my sense of direction. Ah yes I took us in exactly the opposite direction. Something to do with being disoriented in the Northern Hemisphere. Had a group tour around the old quarter of Lisbon. We are regularly warned of pickpockets so eyed off everyone for the first hour or so until...

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Apr 6, 2017 - Sydney to Lisbon... Finally :)

Wednesday 5th April 2017, on Sydney to Portugal Plane leaves at 4 pm, we leave home at about 10 am. It took 2 hours to get to the airport but the relief shown on Chris' face was great to see, even though we will be sitting around for ages. Being technically adept we thought we would try the automated check in. Also because the counter was not going o be open for ages. Only spilling some of my stuff on the floor an assistant came and helped us thru the process. So much for automatic. The ordeal over she explained we would not have to collect...

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Oct 26, 2016 - On the Move via Lisbon

No pictures, just doing this entry to get the dot on the map! We got up to a beautiful sunrise, after a couple windy, rainy, cool days this was a treat! Had a quick breakfast, finished packing our last few items, and we were out the door to wait at the gate to the resort for our transfer to the Faro Airport. This driver spoke English, unlike the driver on the way in, so we had a great conversation the whole 40 minute drive. Our last thoughts of the Algarve: it isn't poor (but the people really don't make a lot of money), it isn't desolate...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Lisbon

Yesterday we caught the local train to Lisboa Central Station--Rossio. We walked a short distance to the boat funicular to go up the hill to Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Here there are sweeping views over the city. From here it was a short walk down. We stopped to see Sao Roque Church but as there was a service in progress, we were not allowed to explore the cathedral. Our next stop wasat Cervejaria da Trinidade. This is the oldest beer hall in Lisbon. It is filled with 19th century tiles on its walls. Remnants of its religious past...

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Sep 29, 2016 - #10 Fatima and Sintra

We were up early and on the road early. Breakfast at the hotel was meager. End of season we supposed--but it was breakfast and included. We followed the GPS onto the freeway and left the Douro behind. We bypassed Viseu, Coimbra,and Leiria on the way to the Fatima Santuary. At Fatima we found a large plaza flanked by a 2007 nbasilica that looked like a huge hall. It seats 2000 people. Across the plaza sits a more traditional looking basilica with shrines to the three children who are reported to have seen the Virgin Mary so long ago. It is...

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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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