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May 23, 2017 - Espinho to Aveiro 63 km, +200 m

After a buffer breakfast of epic proportions, we rode. I was thrilled to have real coffee, not a machine version of coffee with milk and true crossiants. Portugal seems to favor crossiants with a sugar icing rather than the eggy dough. Today we rode through a wonderfully smelling pine forest, along the ocean and in fishing villages. I saw lots of agapanthus,bird of paradise, wisteria in bloom and smelt that exquisite fragrance of jasmine. It's heaven. Veggie gardens are ahead of Victoria with potatoes and squash blooming for example. I am...

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May 22, 2017 - Porto to Espinho 21 km

Day 1 of our cycling trip. We had to make adjustments as our friends were delayed 24 hrs with mechanical problems at Toronto airport. Good that today was a short ride as they almost literally arrived in Porto and we got on the bikes. I am impressed with this company, Portugal Nature trails as they have provided a good support. Picking us up at airport and train station, providing us with a good orientation of the GPS, giving each of us a very nice booklet outlining our journey including length of climbs and sights to see along our journey....

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May 20, 2017 - Marathon day

I thought we did a lot of walking that day in Lisbon but today topped even that. We took a cab to Serraives Foundation Contempary Art Museum and Park. My interest in the place was the Art Deco house. The park was incredible with birds singing everywhere and forest, flowers all around. It was magical. The house was most interesting but inside was rather disappointing as I had expected Art Deco furniture, etc but instead we encountered some rather weird art. Then we walked back to our hotel. We thought we were taking the shortest route home...

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May 20, 2017 - Porto

We have been in Porto a couple of days now, enjoying this city. Getting here presented some challenges as we took the wrong metro stop to get to the train station. Then the auto gate opener at the metro, would not open. Hope you get the picture of Brenda slightly panicked, crashing her way through the gate behind a person, me crashing right behind her. The train ride itself was great with lots of vineyards, orchards and farms to look at. We had the luxury of being picked up and taken to our hotel from the train station by an employee of our...

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May 17, 2017 - Alfama

Today we explored the Alfama area which is noted for steep,winding streets and its Moorish history. It's also the sight of the Castello de Sao Jorge. A more leisurely and pleasant walk today. I include a photo of a little dog that captured my heart he was so cute. Portuguese version of Bob the Street cat. We took in the Museu de Artes Decorative;a 17th century palace filled with household items of that era. Most lavish. There were people selling souvenirs in the Alfama area and they would approach you wanting to sell. I found them to be way...

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May 16, 2017 - More walking

Today was another day of walking, again, not as we planned. We changed our minds about what we were going to do today without checking our guide book. We decided to go see Parque dos Nacoes, the sight of a former world expo. Good idea to see it, bad idea to walk it. Had I checked the book we would have taken the metro,a 20 minute ride. Instead we walked it (for 2hrs) and it was not a nice walk mostly on a small rough sidewalk with roaring traffic beside us. We estimate having walked 10 miles at least. But what a sight. Photos are included...

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May 15, 2017 - A challenging day

Today we did an ebike tour and what a challenge it was. First of all the bike shop was so hard to find; took us almost 2 hrs (when it was actually a 10 minute walk from our apartment) and asking at least 10 people to find this obscure place up a staircase, around a corner, not on a regular map. Really. The bikes were great but negotiating in Lisbon traffic was a whole different matter. It took me about an hour of the 3 hour tour to get used to an ebike as it surged with no effort from me. There are not a lot of bike lanes which meant that...

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May 14, 2017 - Exploring

A full day today with lots of walking but we are getting to know our way around. Conquered the metro,trickiest part was figuring out how to get the auto turnstile to recognize our tickets. Thankful for the help of travel angels who see us struggle and come to our aid. Taking advantage of free admission on Sundays, we took in the Gulbenkian Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Some of the art work was downright strange while others such as some sculptures would look sensational in my garden. Walked down to the river, Rio Tejo and found the...

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May 13, 2017 - We're here

Thought you'd like to know that we have arrived safely and happily in Lisbon. Seemed like such a long flight with 3 plane changes and the last one late. But here we are in Lisbon. Forced ourselves to forgo sleep and explore. A different experience, we've rented an apartment and are discovering the location is excellent. Close to most of the sights and some very fine looking shopping. Plus it is luxury having this apartment with lots of space, 2 bedrooms, fluffy towels, wonderful shower,etc. As I type this I hear a Fado band from some where....

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May 10, 2017 - More Adventures

2 Sleeps to Lisbon, Portugal. Yep, it's another bicycle adventure cycling from Porto to Lisbon, along the Atlantic Ocean. The tour promises ocean views, sand dunes and of course some climbing. We arrive in Lisbon to spend a few days sight seeing and then taking a train to Porto to meet up with our fellow travelers from Nova Scotia. I have tried to include a map but I usually don't succeed in posting it properly. Stay tuned for more adventures

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Apr 15, 2017 - Around Folgosa (Pinhoa)

Saturday 15th April 2017 around Folgosa (Pinhoa) This is a very isolated area, read narrow roads. We were booked on a boat tour so left with an hour to do 12 km. Should do it easy. Actually made it with 10 minutes to spare, or 3 minutes if you believe Christine. The boat trip leaves from Vintage Hotel - large enough to be seen from outer space.Do you think we could get into it? Wrong direction - I experienced extreme wrath disobeying BOTH the gps and Chris. Finally parked within sight of the hotelOff we go..... yes in the wrong direction....

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Apr 14, 2017 - Porto to Pinhoa

Friday 14th April, driving Porto to Pinhoa Finally drove the wrong way into a round about today. How did I know? You could probably hear the shriek from Chris. No cars expect the bloke behind me who just zipped passed as they do here. Essential to be ahead of the next car no matter what the traffic is doing up ahead. Like in France the blinkers are broken on all the cars so you just guess what car is going where. Never mind I keep them guessing too as we get used to the gps. Not such a good one this time as it has sent us up one way...

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