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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais April 23rd 2010

Spring Trip - April 20 - May 18 This spring I decided to take a month before summer polo starts in Toronto, to travel to Europe. My plan is to depart April 30 and return May 18. The first part of the trip is a motorcycle trip through Spain and Portugal for 10 days, and then I'll figure it out from there. Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Toronto Canada I had a bit of a shaky start. My original flight was to depart April 20, from Toronto to London, and then on to Lisbon. Due to the volcano in Iceland, my flight was cancelled on April 19. I phoned my travel agent, Lisa, and she re-booked me through Munich. I arrived at the airport, only to find that the Munich flight had been cancelled. The agent ... read more
Slumming it in Cascais
Beautiful Shoreline in Cascais

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais February 5th 2010

Hey all!! We just landed in Lisbon this morning & are hanging out at our hotel in Estoril overlooking the beautiful ocean! We had a great cruise, with some hiccups, but were able to see sights we only dreamed we'd see!! Here's a quick recap. Upon boarding, we were handed a health notification stating that people had gotten sick with gastro enteritis the cruise prior to ours. Cruise staff sanitized our hands EVERYWHERE. We were getting sprayed left and right with the stuff, and there were sanitizer stands set up all over the ship & in every elevator. Even the buffet was sanitized regularly & staff was onhand to give your food to you at the buffet instead of serving ourselves. It was a pain but we got over it because we figured it'd keep us ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais December 30th 2009

The weather is amazing here. One minute it can be warm and sunny, the next unprepared travelers can find themselves in the middle of a torrential downpour. We wore layers today and still were occasionally caught off-guard by sudden changes. But all in all we had a lovely day exploring Estoril and Cascais. The day dawned bright and beautiful. “It looks like it's going to be sunny!” Matthew announced while I was getting ready. By the time we switched places, I looked outside and said “Um, honey? It's pouring rain outside.” What to do? We went to have breakfast - and I finally broke down and paid the hotel clerk the euro to use the internet for a half-hour to post photos on the blog - and by the time we were done the rain passed ... read more
Fishing boats

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais August 4th 2009

So, out of necessity we picked our first hotel in Lisbon on the basis of in-suite laundry. NO ONE PANIC, it was still a nice hotel. After a couple weeks without laundry, it was very welcome. We spent our first night in the hotel doing a load an hour and hanging it from every possible chair, table and balcony thing we could. The next day we grabbed some breakfast and headed for Cascais, a nearby beach town. It was quite nice, although the walking was slow due to some “dodgy tummyness”. I went for a quick swim in the ocean and it was surprisingly cold. Now having travelled a lot, I am not usually given to whining about ocean temperatures. On this occasion my legs actually started to ache from the cold, it was a short ... read more
One of many beaches at Cascais
Cascais town
Shane posing

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais May 31st 2009

We got to Lisbon late at night and luckily got a taxi to the hostel... it turns out we were in the worst part of town where people were with knifes and stuff with gangs on each street. On the corner of our hostel was two cops making sure noone was dying.... The city itself was not what we expected, the beach was not there and the water stunk... So after 1 day we left and went to Cascais which was awesome! We were in a cabin at a tent place, the beach was nice and the weather was usually hot. The town was nice and quiet too. We saw Night at the Museum 2 in subtitles and we were the only people in the movies who got the jokes. We also saw this really cool ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais July 30th 2008

well we lost one of our crew of three in gibralter, but gained one there as well. jason made it to cascais but just jumped ship with out so much as a by or leave. so now we are a crew of 2 which isn't really a safe way to sail. so we stay in cascais for the near future. from here ill be able to see lisbon so its not all bad. everything else is going well. learning alot. having alot of fun. need to pee so im off.... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais May 16th 2008

The weather was so much better today! No rain, partly cloudy 68 degrees! We had our all day tour today. Our first tour wasnt all that great. The tour guide spoke so fast i couldnt understand her and we barely had enough time to get off the bus and take pictures. We took a ride over the famous lisbon bridge, passed Fatima. We went to the Bellum Tower, a very nice church, then headed to a coach museum!? So random... we also passed old town lisbon and the monument of discoveries. We then went back to central Lisbon for lunch. Two hours later was our 2 nd tour of the day. This one was much better. The tour guide spoke nice and slow.. and we were able to get out and stroll around the towns. Our ... read more
fatima overlookin portugal
the bellem tower
houses in portugal

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais March 14th 2008

Picking up a car at the aiport in Lisbon, we drove west along what is known as the Estoril Coast. Development along the coast started the same way it did in the Algarve: tiny fishing villages around coves where fishing boats could safely be anchored. Those fishing villages along the Estoril Coast have by now grown to the point that it is just one long town! The neat thing about it is that trains run every fifteen minutes in and out of Lisbon, stopping at every town along the way. The first three nights of our stay in the area was in an old hotel in the town of Carcavelos. The hotel was a block from the beach and our room had a balcony facing the sea. However, the first day we were there, Sunday, we ... read more
Sintra Village
Belem Pastry

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