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May 17, 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal with a population of nearly two million including the suburbs. Portuguese flag Photo 1 BAIXA Baixa is the heart of the city where the major hotels, restaurants, and shops are located. The main avenue in Baixa is the Avenida da Liberdade. We chose to stay at the Fonseca Marriot primarily for its location, right on Avenida da Liberdade, within easy walking distance to the city center. It is run by enthusiastic young people including Guilherme Quaresma, staff member on the left, and Sergio Santos, Revenue...

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May 6, 2014 - Lisbon

Our last port of call is Lisbon. We have all been here before so we made the long walk into town for retail therapy and snacks. We have never sailed in before so it was nice to come up the river and under the bridge. There were six ships in so it was very busy everywhere. John did some souvenir shopping and we bought him a lovely ceramic owl for his birthday (60th) on Friday. It’s a shame he gets off the ship on his birthday but we arranged the “Happy Birthday” celebration at dinner for him before he got off. The three Queens of the Cunard...

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Feb 26, 2014 - Portugal Round Two!!

After eating a delicious tortilla de patatas, aka food of the gods, for a timely dinner around 10:30 pm (see photo above if you don't know what this is- very spanish and very yummy), I have decided to let everyone know how much I still love Lisbon after the second trip! This time was a group excursion with the whole program, and we didn't go to Lagos, but we did stop in Évora. This small Portuguese town is the home of the Chapel of Bones. A long time ago some people decided to dig up all the bones in the town cemetery and use them to build...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Lisbon

Contrary to the forecast, it was a fine day so we took the bus and train into Lisbon. The bus went from right outside the camp to Cascais and the fare was €3.25 each one way; from there the train was €4.80 each return and the hour each way trip offered plenty to see. At the end of the line at Cais do Sodré station we found our way to the Praça do Comércio square and while trying to find the information centre we spied the tuktuk’s at the edge of the square and decided to pay the €45 for a one hour tour of the old city. We had a nice young...

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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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