Emily Ponto

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Emily Ponto

I love to travel and I love photography. I figured this would be an easy way to share my two passions with my friends


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Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Sao Bras de Alportel November 8th 2013

Our bus loaded up at 8:30 this morning and we were off to learn about Portugal's nation product, Cork. Portugal is the largest producer of Cork in the world. Our tour today was centered in the town of Sao Bras de Alportel. We picked up our local tour guide, Sophia, in the center of town. She was a cute, bubbly tour guide who was very proud of her hometown. She took us to a famous manor house and taught us all about cork. Did you know that Cork is a eco friendly product? It is sustainable, because the Cork is actually the bark of the tree that is removed every 9 years and the tree is able to live on. Each cork oak tree lives for several hundred years, and continusly produces cork. Sophia took us ... read more
Our lovely guide sophia
Hand cutting the cork
Our view from lunch

Europe » Portugal » Alentejo » Beja November 8th 2013

Since we arrived at our country hotel last night in the dark, we were pleasantly surprised by our surroundings this morning. We took a walk thru the vineyards and olives trees surrounding the hotel this morning. We were on the look out for storks. Storks are famous here in Portugal. We have seen many stork nests throughout our travels. Their nests are up to 6 feet wide and are usually on top of electricity pilons. On the grounds of the hotel, we saw several nests...but no storks. (Picture the stork that delivers babies). We boarded the bus and headed for the town of Lagos. Lagos is a small fishing town on the southern coast of Spain. When we arrived, we beelined for the town market to check out the catch of the day. The market was ... read more
Fish market in lagos
Live crab in lagos
Cape St.Vincent

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Tavira November 7th 2013

Have you ever heard of Tavira? Today we decided to take the option to have a day on our own instead of joining the group for the boat cruise. We had a leisurely morning and ended up renting a car to explore the southern coast of the Algarve (Southern Coast of Portugal). We spent most of our time focusing on two towns. The first town was called Silvas. This is another hill top castle town. We made our way thru the tiny, winding streets of the city. I ended up going thru the city no less than 3 times before I finally figured out how to get the actual castle. This certified that I am still good at driving at small winding roads. My mom did get a chance to practice her verbal gasps to let ... read more
Silvas castle
Silvas Castle
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Europe » Portugal » Alentejo » Évora November 5th 2013

Today we started our morning with a quick breakfast and then piled onto the bus for the day. Our first stop of the day was in the tiny town of Evora. Evora is a walled city. We had a wonderful local tour guide named Maria. Maria walked us thru the town and gave us an overview of the history. This town has existed in some form since the second century. This town has roman columns that are still standing. We really enjoyed how enthusiastic and proud Maria was of her hometown. Maria took us into the Santa Maria Cathedral. This was one of the most unique and interesting churches we have seen to date. This church is home to a statue of Mary while she is expecting Jesus, which we have never seen before. After the ... read more
Roman columns
Maria
Pregnant Mary

Europe » Portugal » Central » Fátima November 4th 2013

Today we are off for the holy site of Fatima,and the ancient towns of Obidos, and Sintra. Fatima is about 2 hrs north of Lisbon so we set our early for our destination. Andrew our guide is giving us good background on Portugal and we are enjoying his stories. As we pulled into Fatima, Andrew gave us quick orientation to the holy site and gave us time to explore. We started in the massive new church that seats 9000 pilgrims. This church is very modern and has a very cool architectural design. We stopped by the statue of Pope John Paul who loved Fatima, a chunk of the Berlin Wall ( one of Mary's promises was the downfall of Communism), and a picture of the three little children who received a vision of Mary. The main ... read more
Old cathedral in Fatima
Obidos
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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon November 1st 2013

After our trip to Spain last year, we were very excited to hear that the Syracuse Center State CEO was running a trip to Portugal. So my mom and I signed up and never looked back. Our trip started today at 3pm with a flight to Detroit. We met up with our friend Kaye in Detroit and grabbed our last American meal at the airport. We boarded our flight at about 6:30 and we on our way shortly. The flight was somewhat uneventful, except for the ladies next to us that wanted to talk all night. My dirty looks and evil stares were not getting thru to them, so I was happy when the woman ahead of us said something to them. "The Biddies" did not respond...so the woman called the flight attendant to address the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater Manchester August 30th 2012

We are off on our next adventure. Check back for daily updates on our travel adventures in Englad and Wales.... read more

Europe » Gibraltar » Gibraltar April 15th 2012

April 14, 2012-  Last night we tried to book ourselves into a tour offered by our hotel to Gibraltar, but it was booked. So I did some Internet research to try to find another tour and I didn't have much luck. SO... I decided I would rent a car to drive us to Gibraltar. This morning we had a leisurely breakfast before Emily's tour of Gibraltar pulled out of the station. We hopped onto the one highway and one hour later, we got off the highway. The Spanish seem to pretend that Gibraltar doesn't even exist, since they lost it to the English in 1704. The highway signs don't even mention Gibraltar, rather the little town on the Border called La Linea de Conception. So we meandered our way thru the town and got ourselves into ... read more
John and Yoko's wedding site
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Europe » Gibraltar » Gibraltar April 14th 2012

April 14, 2012- Last night we tried to book ourselves into a tour offered by our hotel to Gibraltar, but it was booked. So I did some Internet research to try to find another tour and I didn't have much luck. SO... I decided I would rent a car to drive us to Gibraltar. This morning we had a leisurely breakfast before Emily's tour of Gibraltar pulled out of the station. We hopped onto the one highway and one hour later, we got off the highway. The Spanish seem to pretend that Gibraltar doesn't even exist, since they lost it to the English in 1704. The highway signs don't even mention Gibraltar, rather the little town on the Border called La Linea de Conception. So we meandered our way thru the town and got ourselves into line ... read more
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Miss Gibralter 2011

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier April 13th 2012

April 13, 2012-   Our wake up call was very early today and our tour guide picked us up at 6:10 am and we were off on our way to AFRICA! We booked a  one day guided tour to Tangiers, Morocco. It was still dark outside and we made many stops on our way down the coast to pickup others that were going on the tour. We dozed on and off while enjoying the views of the Spanish and African Coast. Our ferry left from Tarifa, Spain and we had an hour ride on a hydrofoil ferry. The immigration process was smooth and we quickly found a seat on the crowded ferry. Rick Steve's gave us an idea that even thought we traveled 8 hours to Spain, we would see the biggest cultural difference as soon as ... read more
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