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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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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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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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Jun 19, 2016 - Portugal Final Posting

FINAL POSTING All good intentions can go astray. I had intended doing this final blog as soon as we got home but one is easily caught up in the daily routines of being home and before you know it three weeks have gone by. Our last few days were spent in Lisbon – Lisboa in Portuguese. Lisbon – city of seven hills, city of old and new (post 1755 that is), city of many, many statues and monuments, city very similar to San Francisco. Lisbon has a history much like any other city in the Iberian Peninsula. Originally settled in the 7th century by...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Lisbon & Sintra

We got up at 7.30 this morning and had breakfast in hotel. Two women were running the dining room today, and they had everything under control, putting the two young men from the day before to shame. After breakfast we walked around to the Rossio railway station which looks very nice from the outside, almost like a palace. We bought ourselves return tickets to Sintra, which was very easy to do. About 100 times easier than topping up a myki card. We were very early, as the train we expected to leave at 9.30, left from a different terminus,...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Lisbon

Day 2 – Lisbon We woke up very early (about 5am) and started getting ourselves ready slowly. We're feeling refreshed after a sleep, but both of us feel like we could do with another day of sleep. We went downstairs at 7am and had some breakfast in the bistro area of the hotel. The two guys running it don't seem very interested, as the food isn't restocked very quickly, and the tables aren't being cleared. However for the price, the food is quite good and there is a decent variety. We headed out to the tourist bus, and got the front position...

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