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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 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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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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Nov 16, 2013 - Lisbon - Last day in Portugal

Last couple of days in Portugal. We went to the Lisbon aquarium and had a wonderful time. The rotating exhibit was on turtles and we got to walk over and under them. The main tank in the aquarium was HUGE and filled with hundreds of fish and a few sharks!!! Ian loved the otters. They were very interested in watching the crowd and playing in the water. We went for a walk by the river and saw a spiky house. We enjoyed our time in Portugal but Ian was very happy to leave the crazy traffic and the stupid slow GSP. Interesting...

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Nov 4, 2013 - Lisbon

Day 1 We slept good last night after having got no sleep on the plane. We were in bed by 9pm. Had a nice breakfast at the hostel. Pancakes, French toast, bread, jam, cheese, coffee, and tea. We were supposed to go on a free walking tour this morning but the person never showed up. So we bought a streetcar pass and went around the city on a voice recorded guided tour. We saw our first castle and went on a guided tour!! Very interesting and very old. One of the ruin areas was from the Iron Age 7 BC!! Though most structures in Lisbon were...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Portugal- Lagos, Lisbon, and Sintra

Okay so I'm starting to catch up on my blog posts! 3 weekends ago I went to Portugal with some friends! We had a rocky start because we had rented a car to drive but we got there and they told us you have to be 21 to rent a car. Oops none of us are 21. We sat down on the side of the road and had no idea what to do until........a group of older kids in our program walked up with the exact same plans that we had and one of them was 24 and knew how to drive stick and he became our hero for life because he drove the 4 of us girls all the way...

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Oct 1, 2013 - Santiago to Lisbon and beyond

We had a bit of a sleep in again since today we leave Spain and head back to Lisbon. After a leisurely breakfast I walked over to the bike shop to see if I could finally score a Spanish or Santiago cycling cap. They did have one cap but it was not what I was after so bad luck. It started drizzling again so I made my way back to the hotel and we read our books until it was time to get the the taxi to the bus station. Unlike both the airport and the train station there was no helpful information about where to wait for the bus but we finally...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Lisbon - Fatima Tour

Another early walk to the Hard Rock Cafe had us waiting with a Brit, two Yanks and an Italian couple for the minibus to Fatima and Obidos. Nadia, our driver, arrived on time and we were soon heading up the N1 tollway for Fatima. An hour later we rolled into the car park which was already close to full with cars and tour buses. Exiting the car park we walked into a huge open space that must be able to hold a million people. This used to be a field near the village of Fatima where, in the early 20th century, three little shepherd children...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Lisbon - Sintra daytrip

Orange 3 House consists of three ensuite bedrooms stacked one above the other in a narrow house with a kitchen/dining room on the ground floor. It is situated in the Bairro Alto section of Lisbon which is full of steep narrow streets. Our street is so steep that no cars can drive up it because it is stepped. Around the corner is the Elevador de Bica funicular. A guy called Igor owns the building and we are looked after by a lovely young lady called Marissa. Because we had an early start today Marissa made us some breakfast and left it in...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Porto to Lisbon

We checked out today at 10:00am after a wonderful two days in 6Only guest house. Mariana organised a taxi for us and 15 minutes later we were at the station. Because we had arrived early our train was not yet listed but soon enough we were directed to platform 8. When the train arrived we looked in vain for a sign indicating which carriage was number 11. As we were in first class and there were only two first class carriages we took a punt and of course chose the wrong one. A bit of luggage shuffling later we were finally seated in the...

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Aug 31, 2013 - Still in Lisbon

As expected we both woke at some ridiculous hour due to wonky body clocks. It didn't help that the room was a bit warm. I cranked up the A/C for a while and we dozed until about 6:00. Unfortunately breakfast doesn't start till 7:30 and, as usual in Europe, there were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room. Eventually the clock swung around to 7:30 and we headed down for breakfast expecting sliced meat and bread rolls only to be greeted with cereals and a hot buffet as well as the bread rolls. Heaven!! At 9:00 we left the hotel and...

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