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Jul 19, 2017 - In rain and shine - Lisbon

Up and have a quick breakfast then meet with folks for our tour. It was the same company we had the hop on bus with, but this time a regular coach with a real guide! As soon as we headed off to the outskirts of town it started to rain – then pour – then just rain. This went on for about half an hour. We got off the bus at our first stop – Belem tower – and it was still raining so Alice bought an umbrella for 5 euros – the same kind she bought for two pounds in London. Anyway, the rain slackened and finally stopped but it stayed cool and...

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Jul 18, 2017 - Portugal and the streets of Lisbon

Get up around 7:00, finish packing, and a taxi to the airport. No troubles as check in was quite easy. We did stop at Burger King for breakfast – but they only had dinner items so Alice got a cheeseburger and I got some fries. For boarding we went through the line and got on busses that did a big circle and took us to the plane which was about 100 feet away. Boarded front and rear and we were in the middle. Easy flight and when we landed we again got on busses to take us to the terminal. Seems we flew into the “cheap” terminal. Got our bags...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Lisboa #3-Belem; Last Night

July 12: Lisboa-Belem; Last Night Decided to spend our last day of vacation—has it really been five weeks?—in the Belem district of Lisboa. Going left out of the apartment and down hill, we purchased our 24-hour all purpose transportation ticket and headed out to catch the 15 Tram to Belem. (Little did we know at that point that we’d be using the ticket more than we planned.) First metro’d and walked back to the river front square and boarded the 15 Tram. As it turned out boarding on the wrong side of the street and going the wrong way...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Portugal-Lisboa #2

July 11: Lisboa; Segways; Goodbye dear friends The Steeps With the (once again) expert guidance of Ali the Navigator we metroed and hiked to our pre-arranged Segway tour. Terrific guide Bruno led us on a three-hour rolling adventure thru the steeps of Liboa’s oldest district, the Alhambra, to the highest point of the town and back down to the see. Streets at times were not much wider than our segways. Sights encompassed churches and monuments, lovely views of the city, but the best part was seeing the day-to-day lives of so many of the...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Portugal-Jackie's (almost) 70th

July 10: Portugal-Jackie’s 70th What a glorious evening planned by Ali and Peter—with a little help from tour guides Filomena and George. EXCEPTIONAL dinner at Michelin 5 star restaurant (7 minute walk from our apartment) . Stupendously special necklace (labradorite gemstone- a feldspar mineral) from local Melbourne craftsperson. Hugs. Tears. Simply fabulous night!!

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Jul 9, 2017 - Portugal-Sintra, Cas Cais

July 10-12: Portugal-Sintra, Cas Cais Accommodation: Airbnb Carmo, 1 Rua do Duque. Excellent apartment (except for the two floor walk-up) in the bustling Chiado district. Five big windows opening onto the street offer plenty of people watching opportunity. Car, tuk tuk, taxi and truck navigation of the very narrow and steep two streets that come together at our apartment is challenging and entertaining. Lots of squeeking as tires rub against the curbs. Sintra, Cas Cais The day began with George’s expert navigation of the just wide enough...

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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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