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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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Oct 6, 2015 - Portugal

Hello from Lisbon! Portugal is great - very different in culture, architecture and language. We arrived on Sunday night after a 2 hour flight (plus an hour time difference). It was about 10.30 at night when our taxi finally found our apartment. He got lost in all the tiny narrow jigsaw of back streets here. When he pulled up saying this was the address, I didn't believe him cause it was just an old cracked up door with no sign! When we buzzed the door opened up to a familiar grin - Lisle! We wandered around Lisbon next day & discovered...

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Oct 6, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal days 2 &3

Mon 5th & Tues 6th Oct 2015 The weather caught up to us on Monday, very windy, & threatening clouds. We ventured to the old town area of Lisbon down at the harbour foreshore. Caught the classic old tram no. 28, which takes you up to one of the older higher areas of Lisbon. It was quite a ride, in the crowded tram while it was rocking, swaying and shuddering, at every bend with the smell of burning brakes as we descended down some steep hills, then back up again, reminded me of a Luna Park ride. We even witnessed a part of an official event...

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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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