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Jan 6, 2016 - I'm in Lisbon Portugal!

I can't believe I'm in Lisbon Portugal. I have a nice hotel ($50 a night, Expo Astoria) near the business/shopping area of Lisbon and within walking distance of many sights. The first night I slept 12 hours! Really tired after the 32 hour trip and even before that getting condo ready to leave for 2 months. So I got a late start my first day here. I decided to explore the Belem (Portuguese words are similar to Spanish, but have very different pronunciations. Belem pronounced Bra lay ng). It is an area near the Tagus River. I bought a 24...

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Jan 5, 2016 - PORTUGALTrip Begins

Hear I go again with another grand, solo, travel adventure. This time a month in Portugal, beginning with Lisbon, Lisboa, as they say in Portugal. My Portuguese language is very limited. Fortunately some Spanish works. I begin with a week in Lisboa, then one night stops in 3 UNESCO towns, a week in Porto with lots of visits to the 'wine caves' and the Douro Valley. Then a day train to travel the length of Portugal from Porto in the north to Lagos, and a week in Tavira in the south Algarve region.

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Nov 17, 2015 - Leaving Lisbon

As we leave Lisbon today to head home, we have a chance to reflect on the time we have spent here and what we have seen. We enjoyed the Alfama district, one of the oldest areas in Lisbon as it survived the 9 Richter scale earthquake which struck in 1755. We heard the story of how the earthquake struck Lisbon at 9.20am on 1 November, a public holiday celebrating the Catholic All Saints Day. The earthquake was followed by an enormous tsunami, then a fire (started by the candles in the churches) which went on to burn for days destroying most...

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Nov 16, 2015 - Beautiful Sintra

On Monday (our 41st wedding anniversary!) we took a 40 minute train ride west of Lisbon to Sintra, a town with a forested terrain, set in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. Being a longtime sanctuary for royalty has left Sintra with a legacy of beautiful palaces studded in the hills. We visited one of these, Quinta da Regaleira, which was once the summer palace for the Carvalhro Monteiro family and dates back to the 17th century. The gardens are extensive and particularly beautiful incorporating towers, underground walkways, an...

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Nov 15, 2015 - Lisbon

Lisbon is often referred to as The City of Seven Hills and is sometimes compared to San Francisco, not only because of its hills and trams but also due to its suspension bridge which has similar colouring to the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge was renamed Ponte de 25 Abril (25th April Bridge) after the date of the revolution which took place here in 1974. It has an upper deck for cars and a lower deck for trains. We passed under it when we sailed up the Argus River on the Windsurf on Friday. There are two types of electric trams in Lisbon,...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Belem, Portugese explorers, unemployment

The Belem area in Lisbon's west has buildings and monuments celebrating Portugals's history as one of the most powerful maritime countries in Europe in the 15th century. Vasco da Gama, the tough and fearless Portugese navigator who discovered the first trade route to India in 1492, spent his last night prior to the voyage here with his crew. Belem Tower, a fortified four story tower built of limestone, was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River as well as a ceremonial gateway to...

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Nov 13, 2015 - Goodbye cruise, hello Lisbon

For the last eight days we have been on the Windsurf, a five masted motor sail yacht, travelling from Barcelona to Lisbon. The majority of the cruise was spent in the Mediterranean Sea, which was as calm as a lake, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, The Atlantic had a bit of a swell happening, a flow on from some rough weather to the west near the UK, so the last day of cruising was a little rocky though not too bad. The whole Mediterranean region around Spain and France has been enjoying some unseasonably warm weather for the...

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Oct 31, 2015 - Sintra to Lisbon - heading home

Jose and Cristina had arranged to pick us up in time to leave Sintra at 9:00am. This was to ensure that Todd and Deborah could make their 11am flight to Paris. We said our final goodbyes to our new friends and headed for Lisbon. It was much too early to check into our BnB so we left our bags there and walked into the city centre. Since Bruce and Gina had not yet been to the Castelo de San Jorge, the moorish fort which overlooks the town, we caught a tram uphill and then walked the final couple of hundred metres to the entry. Up to...

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Oct 10, 2015 - Lisbon

Lisbon 10/10/2015 We woke to rain which was rumored to be the remnants of the extensive Atlantic Hurricane Juaquin that was drenching the East Coast of the USA. We took the scenic route to Lisbon along the ocean. The waves were crashing on the shore. Our first stop was at the Belem Tower which was built in the 16th century as part of Lisbon’s defense system. Next was the monument to discovery which faces the harbor. Portugal was a leading country in the age of discovery and this monument is a testimony to that time. There is also a bi-plane...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Porto, Portugal

This morning we hired a guide with a car and explored the salt beds, the cod fishing industry and the beach at Aveiro. Our guide was very informative & stopped anywhere we wanted for photos. Unfortunately I must've had too much rich or fatty food yesterday because I woke up with a migraine type headache - just as well we went out by car & didn't have to race around in trains. We saw the salt beds where 2 men and one of their fathers worked the whole area. Seemed like about 10 acres of different stages of beds leading to the last bed where...

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Oct 8, 2015 - Exploring Coimbra & Aveiro - Portugal

Hello all - we have now been away for 5 weeks & have 2 to go. Actually I am looking forward to going home and picking up normal life!! But, we are also looking forward to exploring Portugal more and tomorrow we go to Porto towards the north. Today we took a long walk up the steep cobbled streets of Coimbra which is mainly known for its University. They have a quite famous medical school here. The Uni is celebrating its 726th year (Sydney Uni thinks it is old!). We met some friendly students who told us about their town and Uni life. The Uni...

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Oct 7, 2015 - Ancient city of Sintra

Today is Wed and we left our great apartment in Lisbon (battered front door but great inside - 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge/dining, kitchen with washing/drying machine). We travelled by train to Sintra, a beautiful old city to the West of Lisbon. It's famous for many palaces and monuments but we went to see the Moorish castle. Built by the marauding Moors who came from Africa in 1000/1100AD. The whole top of the very high hill overlooking the plain of Lisbon has battlements and ancient walls still standing. Ferdinand of Norway rebuilt a...

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