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Dec 16, 2014 - salamanca, Spain and Lisbon

Had a great stay in Salamanca. The weather was ideal. We had a chance to walk round the old city. There was a photo opportunity around every corner with all the old buildings and architecture. The pictures are of our hotel with views over the city. Corrina and I have both started with a cold but had to carry on with our journey. We got to Lisbon about 2pm Tuesday. We've been to the aquarium this afternoon. Will try to visit the old quarter of Lisbon tomorrow depending on how we all feel. Temp got up to 17degrees today! Please remember not...

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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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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 27, 2014 - Estoril and Cascais

Located only 15 miles directly west of Lisbon on the Atlantic Ocean coast, Estoril is the weekend beach resort for Lisboans and a very popular tourist location. It has the full range of accommodations, restaurants, shops, and historic sites. Something for everyone. HOTEL PALACIO ESTORIL Our hotel is the “grand dame” of Estoril with a long history of visiting dignitaries and famous people from all over the world. Photos 1-25 Francisco Correa de Barros, General Manager, and his management team and staff, made our stay a most memorable...

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Portugal/Spain 2014

May 17, 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal with a population of nearly two million including the suburbs. Portuguese flag Photo 1 BAIXA Baixa is the heart of the city where the major hotels, restaurants, and shops are located. The main avenue in Baixa is the Avenida da Liberdade. We chose to stay at the Fonseca Marriot primarily for its location, right on Avenida da Liberdade, within easy walking distance to the city center. It is run by enthusiastic young people including Guilherme Quaresma, staff member on the left, and Sergio Santos, Revenue...

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Portugal/Spain 2014

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