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Oct 16, 2018 - The small villages outside Lisbon

Continuing on our second day in Lisbon area we complete our visit to Fatima and head toward the coast Our first stop is Batalha, just 15 km away. The word Batalha means battle and here we will visit the huge monastery built originally by the king Jaoa I back in the 12th century. On route we get the history of the origins of Portugal. First in the 2nd century the Romans came, then the Barbarians, like the Vikings they destroyed anything they found on their way. Next in the 8th century the Moors who introduced things like irrigation and...

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Road to Morocco

Oct 11, 2018 - board the Cornthian

We had a half day tour of Lisbon before boarding the Corinthian. After yesterday’s bike ride in narrow twisting lanes, it felt like we were in a different city when touring by motor coach. We spent most of the time in the flattest part of Lisbon along the Tagus River. It’s a bit sad that Portugal’s time to shine was 500 years ago, but that’s what they have to be proud of so we saw a lot concerning theirglody days. If their sailors hadn’t gutted themselves past the thought that the world was flat, we might all still be living in the...

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South by Southeast

Oct 11, 2018 - The gangs all here

We have plenty of time to organize, get breakfast and take the local train to the main station. We eat at the Hotel Intercontinental so that we can have a big breakfast in case we don’t have anything on the train. All the local trains from Sao Bento, which was a 10-minute walk, make their first stop at Campanha main station. The trip is included in every ticket out of the main station and they leave regularly and take only 5 minutes. So we have plenty of time when we get to the station. There is an earlier train, but we decide that as it...

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Road to Morocco

Oct 10, 2018 - meet the group

The cruise ship which we will board tomorrow holds about 100 people; they will all be in our Grand Circle Tour group. Overseas Adventure Travel, the company we have come to love, is a subsidiary of GC and its tours are limited in size usually to less than 16 people. We're not sure how well we will like this large scale approach. We have been assigned to a subgroup and will be lucky to know their 25 names by the time the cruise ends. Some of our fellow travelers have been here for a few days touring Lisbon on an official pre-trip. We decided...

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Oct 8, 2018 - food tour

Another advantage to flying Business Class is that you and your luggage are first off the plane. At 5:30am the immigration officials have little to do and we and our luggage were at the hotel less than an hour after we arrived. The business class seats reminded us of some of the premier movie theaters we've been in lately. The seats totally went flat and we began to sleep, but our bodies were not ready to snooze until near the end of the flight. After breakfast at the hotel, we went to bed to finish off the night. Our driver said that...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Update for Tuesday, 17th July

Dear all, Well this was our last day on land. Monday had been a day at sea and after today we had two days at sea before landing at Southampton. In Lisbon we went on a tuk tuk ride. It was very bumpy in parts. They took us to a delicatessiant to taste a local bread, ham cheese with quince jam and a port wine. ( I know why I don't drink, ugh!) Further on the trip we called into a bakery and they gave us a custard tart made in flakey pastry, ummmm. Most delicious custard tart I have ever tasted. I liked Lisbon! A bit more news in the next...

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Our Big Trip

Jun 24, 2018 - Day 35 - Day in Lisbon

Breakfast at 0730 hrs was much earlier than we’ve become accustomed and were away to Lisbon by 0815 hrs to undertake the Hop On/ Off tour of the city. We had planned to drive the 90kms to Lumiar on the outskirts of the city to be assured of parking and then to take the Metro to Marquês de Pompal the number one stop for both routes. All worked to plan and we were on our bus for a 1010 hrs departure: we were waiting from 0945hrs. The red tour took in the West of the city and included the area and the major port attractions at Belém. We...

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Jun 15, 2018 - Day 26 - Fly to Lisbon

We dressed and finished cleaning the apartment; we did all but vacuum the floors. We were expecting the cleaner at 1000hrs but left before her arrival to visit the Memorial de la Shoah. This memorial tells of the deportation of Jewish families from Paris under the Vichy French administration during World War 2. It also gives recognition to the many non Jewish Parisienne who helped Jewish families avoid exportation. It is a modern well staffed museum with plenty of security to match. The visit lasted for about an hour before we visited the...

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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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