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Apr 25, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal

As we arrived in Lisbon, we sailed under the 25th April Bridge. Quite apropos, since today is April 25th. Created along the lines of the San Francisco Bridge, it commemorates the end of Lisbon's civil war. Today is actually a national holiday in Lisbon, and one of the first sunny non rainy days. People were out at the parks, towns, everywhere, enjoying the day. Upon docking in Lisbon, we joined a tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. The city sights of Lisbon were beautiful, with a baroque influence. This oldest quarter, the Alfama,...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Lisbon: Castle of Sao Jorge

The river running through Lisbon is the Tagus that originates in Spain and runs through Portugal. At Lisbon it empties into the Atlantic Today was a beautiful sunshiny day. I went to the Castle of Sao Jorge (George). It is called a Castle because the Portuguese Kings lived here until 1500's when they moved to the port plaza, where the action was. But it was first and for the longest time a Fort. It is a great place to wander around, enjoy the view, and soak up Portuguese history. Early Phoenicians lived on the hilltop, close to the Tagas...

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Jan 10, 2016 - Tram Travel in the Alfama in Lisbon

Today was a beautiful day until about 2 PM. I rode the Tram all around the Alfama area twice! Was going to get off and explore the castle but it started to rain. So I will do that tomorrow. Instead I visited the "Lisbon Story House", an indoor thing to do on a rainy day. In animations, videos, and displays it showed the development of Lisbon, historically, from the founding by the Phoenicians, Romans, and Crusaders and the great earthquake and tsunami of 1755 that destroyed much of Lisbon and killed 10,000 people. The wind was fierce. If I...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Lisbon Art Museum and Move to Alfama Area

I walked 14,800 steps today! Yes, I took my step counter with me. I have mastered the transportation system here and took a bus to the Gulbenkein Art Museum. They had Rembrants, Rubens, Monets and one of my favorite John Singer Sargent. Also some of the oldest King James bibles. Was very nice and worth the visit. When returning to my hotel I collected one suitcase and left the carry on one for my return the end of the month. I took the bus to my new location for next 3 nights in the Afama area. It is near the Tagus River east of Belem area....

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Jan 7, 2016 - Another Rainy Day in Lisbon & UNESCO Sites

My second day in Lisbon I started out much earlier. But still having trouble figuring out transportation. I was determined to use only public transportation since I spent too much on taxis yesterday. Finally found a hop-on and finished my 24 hour ticket and got right to the Belem area and into Jeronimos Monetary and Santa Maria's Cathedral, cloisters, and museum. The church and the monastery, land nearby Tower of Belém symbolize the Portuguese Age of Discovery and are among the main tourist attractions of Lisbon and are UNESCO and World...

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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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