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Apr 16, 2018 - Lisboa

Today's morning tour was titled Cosmpolitan Lisbon and we did drive by several very cosmopolitan areas. But drive bys do not produce the best of pictures. First we went to the main roundabout of the city, where all major roads do meet and I have to say traffic was horrendous. In the center of the roundabout is the statue of Sebastián Jose' de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis de Pombal, (Marquis Sebastián).Beyond the roundabout is Edward the 7th Park, a huge green space visited by many to just be out of doors. The Park was named in honor of British...

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Apr 15, 2018 - Arrival Day

We arrived in Lisbon at 5:30 AM local time. Thought we'd be the only ones there, but little did I know there must have been 4-5 planes full of passengers all trying to get through the passport check in; took an hour!! Then off to the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa. Very nice hotel located in the shopping district and minutes from the downtown area. The weather initially was rainy but was expected to get better later in the day. We did not elect to take the offered tour today, it was a 7 hour tour outside of Lisbon through coastal areas to...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Dear Mum, A Letter From Portugal

Dear Mum and Dad, I’m sorry its been a while since I’ve written. I’m doing something I have never done before. Telling you all about what we’ve been up too in a country so long after we’ve left it! Normally I write before we leave a country but how time gets away when we’re constantly on the move. So here we are in Italy now enjoying all of the pizza, pasta, vino, gelato and coffee this little cute boot of a country has to offer - but more on that later. Just quietly I was a little on edge prior to our arrival in Portugal because I find...

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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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