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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais March 9th 2008

Forgive my not having blogged for nearly two weeks. My adventures will have to be condensed until I get back on track. I´ll pick up in Madrid, our first stop on our five-day sojourn back into Spain. I was not prepared for Madrid´s charm. It is a beautiful city with a vibrant street life and exceptional culture (what little we were able to see of it). Fortunately, our hotel turned out to be very well situated for reaching what we wanted to see in the three days we were there. We were able to walk everywhere, allowing us to enjoy the numerous street musicians (all excellent), wonderful mimes, and exquisite architecture. It reminded me very much of Paris. We were able to visit two excellent museums: the Museo Thyssen-Barnemisza and the Prado. Both had extensive collections ... read more

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

Along the road to Lisbon. After Cabo da Roca, and the drive along the beaches, we come to Cascais. A small fishing town. We were here just long enough to walk along the harbor, and through the little tourist shopping street. Danny took the car to the other side of town so we could walk through the shopping area. Here Abdul, finds us. We're not hard to mistake for Tourist. He's the guy that has his own entry in the guidebooks: be aware of bracelet 'salesmen'. If you decline purchasing the bracelet that he tries to slip over your wrist, then he'll get annoyed when you won't go with him to the fantastic bar to buy him a drink. Especially if you have allowed his picture to be taken, evidently he thought we owed him money ... read more
mending the lines
window along the waterfront
just for looks

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais October 6th 2007

Bom Dia Bo & Dud, Apart from obrigado (thank you) - this is the full extent of my Portuguese, and I’m not sure that the people understand even then what I am saying. Any road up, where were we? Thank goodness I keep a diary or I think we would have forgotten more than we remember. Before leaving Porto we decided that an outing was in order to follow the route of the Douro River - the Douro Valley is where the grapes are grown for the Port and Wine of the region. Again it was one of those ‘this is not what we expected’ experiences. We had a vision of mile upon mile of hand constructed, terraced vines - to infinity and beyond. No, not at all, the river valley is very steep, and the ... read more
Cascais
Torre de Belem
Monument to Portugese Servicemen & Women

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais September 8th 2007

Again, Cascais is a day trip you can do from Lisbon but I am glad I spent 3 days here. The hostel I have stayed in is unrteal and I would rank it amongst my top hostels in Europe. Along with having a room with ensuite, a great lounge room with DVD and cable telly (telly in English is such a bonus when travelling!), great kitchen and eating area and a pool complete with sun lounges, the mix of people there is really nice. I have thoroughly enjoyed staying there, altho I have been in a mixed dorm and last night it was me with 4 boys!! A bit stinky but thank goodness there was no snoring. As I have realised I am running out of money also I have been cooking (yes, I have manged ... read more
The fort, a palm tree and view to the port
One of the many lighthouses along the coast
Beach in Cascais near the port




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