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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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Aug 30, 2013 - Lisbon

Business class does make a difference. It might cost an arm and a leg but the ability to stretch out and the much more personal attention almost makes it worth it. Both of us got some sleep on the Dubai to Lisbon leg. the food was pretty nice too but nothing can change the fact that you are just sitting or lying about for hour upon hour. I reckon we should invent planes that have a combination of treadmills and spin bikes to power them. Think of the health and environmental benefits if the passengers all had to pedal or walk/jog/run in...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Walking Day 1

Walking Day 1 Start: 10.15 End: 19.15 Distance: I really started now. And I did it probably against all the rules. Hangover, dehydrated and seriously tired I left the hostel shortly after 10, just 3 hours later than originally planned... The only thing I did correct was taking lots of water with me (even more necessary considering my hangover) and creaming myself with suncream. So although a most unconventional way of starting my pilgrimage I feel like it was the only good way. It was fitting to say farewell to beautiful Lisbon and the...

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Jun 19, 2013 - Lisbon & Sintra Portugal

Today we arrived early in Lisbon. The Port is at the mouth of the Tagus River, and to access it our ship sailed under the second largest suspension bridge in the world known as the 25th of April Bridge. The bridge is named after the 1974 Revolution restored democracy by overthrowing the regime of Antonio Salazar. Ironically the bridge was actually constructed by Salazar in 1966 and it was engineered by the same engineers who designed the Golden Gate Bridge, and is like a twin to it. Today Ernie, John and I are sightseeing by ourselves as...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Europe

We went on a tram that went up the side of a mountain very interesting I didint get scared but when the guide said we were getting on a cable car 100 meters of the ground I wouldn't do it do they all went on it and I weaves through all the back streets following them on the ground it was much safer so I thought I had heaps of men trying to sell me bloody glasses but it was do much fun tomorrow we fly to Barcelona again then stop over 1 night then a 14 hour flight to Singapore not looking forward to that though too long anyway all good here...

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Jun 14, 2013 - Lisbon

In Portugal at the moment very hot 29 degrees a lot of sight seeing and palaces to see the economy has been hit very hard here we walked 3 km back to our motel last night nearly killed me but fun getting lost in a strange city all well here love rod and robin

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Jun 9, 2013 - Bedlam, Belem & Banana Cafe.

Slow start to the day, I did not sleep very well last night, few things on my mind, I am however quite relaxed. Last night the hotel was inundated with families, but it is the weekend perhaps because I had good upbringing, that I frown upon way some parents have little ability to control their children, and seem to sit back and let the little darlings run around and scream, they are like wild animals, why is this important to this journal? This morning breakfast is served later, but I am still down before the 'wild ones' appear, however I...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Águas Livres Aqueduct

Another rain shower overnight, but least its a bit warmer than yesterday. This morning I am going to visit this magnificent structure, last time I was here it was closed, and you may ask how can a aqueduct be closed. A walk down towards Campolide station allows you to walk under the aqueduct, and get some great pictures, and as I am down there the first BA flight from London is just coming into land, walking back up the hill, to where it ends at the city centre end, they have built a small park, and now have built an entrance that allows a...

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Jun 8, 2013 - Modern Art

After the historic aqueduct, it's now time to look at something modern. First up the Santa Justa lift, and to a small coffee area that overlooks the square, the ladies that run his place are just lovely.... being a Saturday Lisbon is very busy with tourists, the streetcars are more packed than normal. An earlier entry on the 6th I talked about a significant gradient that these street cars climb so easy. Following a question, I have added a few more pictures to the entry to show how steep they climb and how close to buildings they get....

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Jun 6, 2013 - Above Lisbon and another Elevator.

Earlier I mentioned San Francisco, another similarity is the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge, over the River Tagus, as you can see its looks like its sister bridge, the golden gate in SF. I think it's time I actually took a trip over. Unlike its sister, you can not not actually walk over, the only way to cross is by road on the top, or directly below the road is a rail line. I quite like public transport, and enjoy working out what route, what bus, etc, so first it's find the bus, tick, find the stop, it's somewhere in the huge junction that...

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Jun 6, 2013 - Riding elevators, reflecting life and the view

One of my favourite places in the the world, is San Francisco, and always feel at home when ever I get the chance to visit, well Lisbon now has that effect on me, I really like this city, it's rich in character, and history, and it's very much like San Francisco, as its built on hills, and the streets are steep, it has street cars, although no real tall buildings here, but they had earthquake too just like SF. So today I am exploring more of the steep streets, and I mentioned about elevators, the word does not translate well into English ,...

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Lisbon---Again

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