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Oct 4, 2015 - Lisbon, Potugal

Sunday 4 October 2015 Happy days we woke very early to hear the Wallabies beat England convincingly, and the poms did not make the quarter finals !!!! Marg this morning is to meet Colette, her French home stay person, meeting her outside the Montpellier Olympic pool at noon. I headed out in the dark for the 1st train out to Toulouse, then to the airport for the flight to Lisbon. Thankfully all went to plan, and I missed the silver bullet of excess luggage € / weight that normally catches you with budget airlines in Europe. The Portuguese...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal Yesterday (Friday, Oct. 2) was a crazy and tiring day with a few terrifying parts - like when we took the left fork in the road on the way out of Granada instead of the right fork. This lead to an around-and-around the city route to get out on to the highway. The long road trip to Seville was uneventful and exciting on freeways at 120 k/hr. We had just a bit of a go around again at the airport as we missed the car rental return, but we returned the car and arrived far too early for our airline counter to open. We did not...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Sintra

Tom and I are awed at the fact that just a few days ago we didn't know Sintra existed. It is just a few miles North of Cascais. One of those old hill towns we've come to know in Europe, Sintra is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. It dates back to the old "BC" days but though the Millennia much of the oldest historic details were lost. There are many ancient sites to visit here the biggest of which is the Palacios de Pena. This began as a Convent de Pena and then in the 1500's was given to the religious sect to become a Monastery. (The deep red...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Cascais revealed

I had a lot of help from Nancy at AAA booking this trip and knowing nothing about Spain or Portugal she chose all the hotels. All have been spot on as to our liking. (we probably won't stay at the Las Casas de la Juderia again but feel we would have missed at huge part of history without it this trip.) This Hotel in Lisbon, is not in "Lisbon". It would be like saying a Hotel in San Carlos is in SF. That being said we really love this Hotel. Named Onyria (meaning Dream in Latin) Marinha (Marine) is in Cascais(kosh Kiish)is by the ocean. It's...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Lisbon - we have arrived!

Our flight from Malaga wasn't due to leave until 1:40 but we needed to have the car we never used back to HERTZ by 10:45am. We wanted to be sure to allow enough time for driving errors, traffic and finding a gas station to top of the tank. We left our hotel at about 9:00AM as a precaution. I think we had the car turned in by 9:30 at least. The drive went quickly and a gas station was perfectly positioned to roll in and out just before the airport. Tom expertly guided me through the airport mazeto the car rental drop off so there we were at...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal

We arrived in Lisbon, Portugal early this morning. Jerry and I were up at six this morning to prepare for a long day of tours. This is a new country for us, we booked six hours of tours to see as much of Portugal as possible. We started with the city of Lisbon first. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, it is the largest westernmost city in Europe. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful Tagus River. It has a population of about 550,000 people. Our tour guide did a great job. I have so many...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Day 20 Lisbon

Had a bit of a restless night. I woke early so messed around with photos for a while before going back to sleep. Did another load of washing so we have most clothes clean and shining before we go on to Porto tomorrow. We've organised to catch up to Jorge and Daniela so it will be good to hear their news since they left Perth. Sounds like Jorge is job hunting...not sure what the market is like here. Had a quick chat to the Trudgies and the Giles kids on Skype before we headed out for the day. We decided to visit the Elevador Santa Justa, the...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Day 19 Lisbon

No early morning Skype calls today so I slept through until about 5.30. Read my book and relaxed until Pete got up. I wanted to talk to the Mosey kids on FaceTime so we didn't get out until about 11. It's another beautiful day and we decided to start out with the Prince Eduardo VII Gardens and then see what happened from there. We set off to the metro and found our way to the correct station. Found our way to what we though was the gardens and decided to stop for some brunch. I had a plate of stir fried vegetables, just what my body has...

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Sep 7, 2015 - Day 18 Lisbon

Had some yoghurt and banana before we headed out. We are off to Belem today, the home of the original pasties de Belem aka Portuguese cream tart. There are other things to see however I'm told you can't come to Lisbon without trying one. We decided to go to the train station before setting out so we could organise our train ticket to Porto. We are experts on the metro now and found our way very easily. There was a queue of about 15 people and only one operator at the ticket office so there was a bit of a wait. No drama...ticket organised...

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Sep 6, 2015 - Day 17 Faro - Lisbon

On the road again. Well, on the train again. We arrived at the Faro train station with plentry of time...it was about a two minute walk from our accommodation, so had a cuppa and I had a croissant before we boarded the train. The trains look a bit sad compared to the ones in Spain that we have travelled on so far. We are on an intercity train today which means it stops at lots of stations and doesn't travel at 300kph. We settled in and set off for Lisbon, a three hour trip. Well, we have been spoiled with the fast trains. In some places the...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Lisbon

After three days of wedding celebrations I took the train to Lisbon. i had arranged to spend a few days with Peter and Ana, helping them enjoy their honeymoon! We stayed at wonderful apartments in the heart of Lisbon owned by Luis, a friend of Ana's. The food is wonderful and prices reasonable. It was wonderful being with people who were local! Lisbon is a lovely city and it was very easy to spend time there.

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Jun 26, 2015 - Portugal - Part 2

We are still in Portugal as we travel very, very slowly. We might drive about 50 miles, find someplace we like, and then stay three or four days. We have been touring mostly along the coast heading inland only if there are some interesting cities to visit. One such city was Coimbra. Coimbra is the location of the University of Coimbra which was started way back in 1290. The University is a Unesco Heritage Site. The most interesting University building is the Biblioteca Joanina or library. The library houses over 55,000 books dating back to...

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