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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon January 16th 2023

We arrive in Lisbon at just before 8am. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, it is also the westernmost large city in Europe. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating London, Paris and Rome. A traditional form of transport in Lisbon is the tram, they were introduced in the 19th century and imported from the USA. The distinctive yellow trams are one of the tourist icons of modern Lisbon. They are well suited to the steep hills and narrow streets. We are going on an organised trip to Obidos a picturesque village about 90 minutes away. We board the coach and make our way there. The guide tells us that she will be taking us to a little shop where we will be given a cherry liqueur in a chocolate cup. ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon November 7th 2022

Having been here once before, I can tell you that Portugal is a very underrated place to visit. The weather is great, the food is both hearty and interesting, the wines are inventive, and the people are friendly. Portugal is pricier than a super cheap getaway to the Southern United States, but compared to the rest of Europe, it's very economical, which is one reason why so many Americans are retiring here. With the dollar about even to the euro, you can expect to pay around $75 for a mid-range hotel and $20 for a three-course meal with drinks. That's quite a bargain for some of the world's best cuisine. One fact I did not know: Portugal has the oldest (1139) borders in Europe. Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes ... read more
Just beautiful
Big city view
Want to bike Lisboa?

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon July 21st 2022

Day 2! We were all a bit tired and jet lagged and slept in a bit. I woke up at 9am and went to a local coffee roaster Torra Roaster, owned by a Brazilian (who said everyone grows up drinking coffee, with family in the Industry and they ship out the good stuff leaving them Arabica). I got an Americano for Anne and I, very good coffee but wanted more, and Anne thought it was a bit strong. Anne and kids rolled out of bed and we all showered and got ready for another day. Cameron slept in the longest asking us what the rush was! The plan was to head downtown and start with Sao Jorge Castle, so we stocked up on water and found passes and jumped on a tram. A nice man who ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon July 21st 2022

Day 3: a bit slower, I think we are all a bit tired from walking around in the 30 degree heat all day. We woke up a bit later and to be honest we were struggling to figure out what to go and see. We went to the local LX market and finally found the library that looked so much cooler in pictures. We were desperate for a good coffee and found a cute chocolate cafe, sat for a coffee (which means espresso to Portugese) and Anne had an iced coffee. We set out to go to the Torre de Belem, which was the one thing we didn't make it to in the first night. The neighborhood around the tower was super impressive with large white washed houses owned by foreign embassies. It was interesting ... read more
A meal without wine is B-fast
Air bnb
steep stairway to our apartment..

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 30th 2022

We started out our day, after a delicious breakfast of course, with a tour of Lisbon. Our local guide Leonore was great! The first portion of the tour was just a bus ride through Lisbon, pointing out some of the squares and a little of the local history. Lisbon proper isd about 800,000 people. But it has a traditional suburban community outside the city of about another 2 million people, many of whom work in the city and commute at the end of the day. The city has been a major city for a very long time. It is the second oldest city in Europe – only Athens is older. It’s early days included about 500 years of of rule by the Moors. The heyday of Lisbon is in the 15th and 16th centuries when world ... read more
Jeronimos Monastary
Discoveries Monument
Discoveries Monument

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 29th 2022

After a couple of quick, one night stands in Salamanca and Porto, it’s time to relax for a couple of days in the capital city of Lisbon. But first, there are a couple of stops along the way. The first is the famous Catholic pilgrimage city of Fatima. The nuns at St-Margaret's would be proud that I remember most of the story of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, and the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917. I remember as a child that the 2 places we should want to go, other than Rome and the Vatican of course, were Lourdes and Fatima, pilgrimage sites and modern miracles, with Fatima being the most recent. There were evidently 3 secrets of Fatima, not that I remembered the details, but I did remember it had something to do ... read more
Fatima Walk on the Knees
Fatima Abstract Crucifix
Obidos Entrance

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 3rd 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – FRI, 03 JUN 2022 – Day 4: "Visit Lisbon. Evening transfer. In the morning we will have a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We will visit the tra­ditional neighbourhoods including the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century. We will have a look around the Monument of the Discoveries, Belem Tower, and the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the free afternoon when you are free to explore the city at your own leisure. In the late afternoon, we will have a transfer to the Restauradores Square, a public square with plenty of restaurants and cafes. We suggest you ride the Elevador Da Gloria funicular that takes you to the viewpoint of San ... read more
Lisbon, Portugal City Tour
Lisbon, Portugal City Tour
Lisbon, Portugal City Tour

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 2nd 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – THU, 02 JUN 2022 – Day 3: Mediaeval Cáceres. Chapel of bones of Evora. We leave Madrid and travel towards Extremadura. In CACERES you can have lunch and stroll in the historic centre, one of the best preserved mediaeval and Renaissance open complexes in the world. Once in Portugal, we will stop in EVORA, a World Heritage city with its white streets, its Renaissance palaces and its cathedral. We will include entry to the impressive chapel of bones, built using 5,000 skeletons! LISBON, arrival at the end of the afternoon.... read more
Jerez de Los Caballeros, Spain
Jerez de Los Caballeros, Spain
Jerez de Los Caballeros, Spain

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 28th 2022

Lisbon, Portugal Monday, March 28, 2022 LAND. This is the longest we’ve ever gone without disembarking the ship. We were hesitant as far as our walking capabilities, but we prevailed. Just one foot in front of the other, without tripping. Well….we had a few trips! We took our time exiting the ship because the line was QUITE LONG for those flying home. LONG. Only about 300 stayed on board for Barcelona – where we shall arrive next week (I think). I can’t even remember what day or time it is. I know we lose another hour tonight. This may be the last one, but don’t quote me. Like I said – I’m out of it. First things first. We have to find a FedEx so we can send out “wet signatures” to our broker. High Finance, ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 18th 2022

Maggie had a wonderful time in Portugal! She adored all the brightly colored buildings, got to see a bright yellow castle, and had fun climbing thousands of stairs on the Paiva Walkways. She definitely wants to go back to Portugal someday. Life on the ship has also been more positive, thankfully. Now that the weather is warming, she and her friends are able to spend more time on deck soaking in the sun. As a thank you to her friends for all the great care they took of her in Spain, we treated them all to pedicures at the ship's spa, after which they splurged on "fancy dinner" in the ship's fancy dining restaurant. It was a fun, memorable night - and exactly the kind of experience Maggie's been craving for over two years. It's incredibly ... read more
Maggie at Lisbon yellow castle
Maggie at Paiva walkways
Paiva Walkways 1

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