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Feb 26, 2014 - Portugal Round Two!!

After eating a delicious tortilla de patatas, aka food of the gods, for a timely dinner around 10:30 pm (see photo above if you don't know what this is- very spanish and very yummy), I have decided to let everyone know how much I still love Lisbon after the second trip! This time was a group excursion with the whole program, and we didn't go to Lagos, but we did stop in Évora. This small Portuguese town is the home of the Chapel of Bones. A long time ago some people decided to dig up all the bones in the town cemetery and use them to build...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Lisbon

Contrary to the forecast, it was a fine day so we took the bus and train into Lisbon. The bus went from right outside the camp to Cascais and the fare was €3.25 each one way; from there the train was €4.80 each return and the hour each way trip offered plenty to see. At the end of the line at Cais do Sodré station we found our way to the Praça do Comércio square and while trying to find the information centre we spied the tuktuk’s at the edge of the square and decided to pay the €45 for a one hour tour of the old city. We had a nice young...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Lisbon

Wet & windy this morning so packed up & moved on early. Had to wait for the guy to unlock the electrical box & disconnect our cable so didn't get away until 8.30 in the end. Moving on up to a site just across the bay to the South of Lisbon. It rained most of the way up but one compensation was that we found cheaper diesel on the way. The normal rate in Portugal has been €1.39 so when I saw a supermarket station advertising diesel for €1.28/ltr we made a quick u-turn & filed up. Only disappointment was that a few miles further on we saw a...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Day 20 - Intercidades Porto - Lisboa

No photos to show today. Just a quiet trip on the Intercidades (IC) train from Porto back to Lisbon. We have to get up early today, make sure we get our very interesting breakfast. At least today, the staff appear happier and the food is fresher. We figure that it's probably faster to catch the metro from Batlho to Campagna station rather than the closer railway station San Bento (which is virtually next door) as the metro runs every 5 minutes rather than the San Bento suburban rail line which is every 20 or so minutes. Once there, we just...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Belem - the best part of Lisbon

Today we drove a short distance down the road to Belem a suburb of Lisbon whose waterfront sits on the Rio Tejo and has a number of attractions. After parking we walked along the front our first stop was at the Torre de Belem (Tower of Belem). This tower was built between 1515 and 1520 to defend the mouth of the Tejo River until the earthquake of 1755 shifted the rivers course. It is now one of the symbols of Lisbon. Just up from the tower was a modern day symbol -a memorial to the Portuguese fallen. Returning back along the front we came...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Two palaces and a castle- Sintra

It was another nice day so we headed out to the small town of Sintra west of Lisbon. The location of our campground made it very easy to get on the motorways around Lisbon and out into the surrounding area. Sintra was in its history the summer residence of the Moorish lords of Lisbon and later the Kings of Portugal. The small town sits around a series of green and wooded ravines. Although small the town had quite a lot of charm and its centre is dominated by the Palacio Nacional. This would be our first palace of the day. However before...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Into Lisbon

We used the local bus to get into Lisbon. Although an efficient service it did seem to go all around through the houses and we were sure the bus had no suspension! We got off the bus at the waterfront of the Rio Tejo and the Praca do Comercio. Praca do Comercio Square is surrounded by classical building built after the earthquake which destroyed most of Lisbon in 1755. The square is dominated by the bronze statue of Dom Jose-the reigning monarch at the time of the earthquake and by a huge arch, Arco da Rua Augusta. The square was also...

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Jan 8, 2014 - Estoril, Cascais and Cabo da Roca

We had arrived at the municipal campground on the edge of Lisbon on the Sunday in lovely sunshine. However for the next two days we had heavy rain and strong winds. We had seen on the local TV that the Portuguese coast had experienced exceptional high tides and waves causing some damage similar to what the UK had experienced. By Wednesday morning the storms had passed but it was still grey and overcast. To visit Lisbon our guidebook advised not driving into the city as parking was a nightmare so we intended to take the local bus into town...

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Jan 8, 2014 - Day 17 - Torte com le chat

We're getting used to these late starts to the day here. Up for breakfast, we're a bit miffed that we don't have someone showing us to our table this morning and Rog had to get his own tea. What's that about? Gav did try out the waffles this morning. They were a bit average and recommends the maple syrup and not the chocolate topping. Once on our way we jump on the Metro, changing our train at Baixo-Chaisa from the blue line to the green line and getting off at the terminus at Cais de Sodre. Just like a local now, we already know to jump on...

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Jan 7, 2014 - Day 16 - Electricos 28E

At around 8am this morning we received a call from concierge that our suitcases had arrived. Woohoo! Very happy that we'll be reunited with our tooth brushes very soon. First though, why spoil clean teeth? We were convinced last night that the breakfasts here were very good and that we should opt to take them. Ok, we thought. Saves finding something each morning. So, this morning we were escorted to our table and Rog orders his peppermint tea. The breakfast is good. Tomorrow we decide that we'll order the chef cooked to order omelette....

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Jan 6, 2014 - Tiquet por favor para Lisboa

No photos from today as we we spent most of it in transit between Barcelona and Lisbon. As our flights were in the afternoon we did not have to race to get up and have breakfast. No rushing is just the pace we're after. We break our fast, pack our bags, check out and take the taxi to the airport. We're flying on frequent flyer tickets but unfortunately there were no economy tickets left when we decided to go to Lisbon so we took the business class option. More points but we have a seat on a plane, and that's got to be good. Once we're...

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Nov 16, 2013 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal Nov 16 We really liked Lisbon. It is a large, vibrant city with interesting parks, monuments and fascinating old buildings. After ditzing around for an hour and a half, trying to figure out how to find the Hop-on-hop-off bus, we connected with it around 10 am. One of the problems with cruises is that you rarely have enough time to see all you want to see. The advantage is that if the port is not too interesting – like Portimayo – you are not there long! Our stay in Lisbon was far too short. We took the long, western (maybe...

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