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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 12th 2019

Lisbon 11th April Our final port of call and we were arriving a good couple of hours late due to fighting head winds all day yesterday as we came out of the Mediterranean Sea, through the straits of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic Ocean. Normally we approach quite early in the morning so it gave us a chance to see the coastline in the daylight as we sailed up the river Tagus to our berth. We berthed at the newest terminal prow to prow with the Aurora, our next cruise ship which will take us to the Caribbean in January 2020. Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 of April suspension bridge. Since our visit last year they ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon February 9th 2019

-8 in Chilliwack this morning , a good day to be travelling. Our friends Kathie and Bill picked us up, we turned the rear seat heaters on and started our adventure. Air Canada’s Dreamliner is taking us to almost the Big Apple, we will connect to our destination just across the river in Newark. The checkin , security , customs all was easy peasy ,Kathy did have to stand in the Starbucks lineup for 20 minutes so she could reward herself with a $5 coffee drink. I guess they are cutting back on washroom paper products and only providing a small square of paper towel per mechanical request. Not quite enough to fulfill the task. She just took multiple squares , doesn’t make any sense. Good flight, we missed out on any upgrades but had bulkhead ... read more
Lisbon was funky

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon October 3rd 2018

Hello from Lisbon Portugal. Wait! We are getting ahead of ourselves. Last night we left you with the adventure on the high seas as our ship swooped in and rescued another ship in distress in the Straits of Gibraltar. It turned out there were about 50 people on that small boat and apparently they were refugees trying to make it to Europe. Unfortunately for them, it appeared to be the Moroccan rescue service which came to help them, so they probably went back where they started. Anyway, our captain announced that we would probably be 2 hours late arriving in Lisbon and they would have to try to keep as many tours as possible, but to wait for morning. In any case they would not sail until midnight instead of the planned departure of 10:00 PM. ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon August 17th 2018

This year I decided I wanted to see some different landscape for my annual European trip, so I decided to start in Lisbon. I had read Portugal was a beautiful country, and this was a good opportunity for me to see it first hand. Unfortunately for me, I only had a day to spend, but wanted to just see what I could see. I was very eager, and when I arrive, I make my way to my hostel. My hostel name was We Love F'n Tourists. And they did. This hostel was very hospitable to me. I couldn't check in yet, so I left my bags there, and off I went on my new adventure. I wanted to see the ocean, so I make my way to beach side. After a short walk, I arrive at ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 18th 2018

What today offered was a deeper insight into the cultural history of the people of Lisbon. We joined a small walking tour for 2.5 hours and in that time walked many a kilometre, climbed and descended hundreds of steps, wound our way through narrow lanes and alleys, viewed and listened to the local people going about their daily lives as well as absorbing what our guide was telling us about the suburbs of Mouraria, the most multiethnic neighbourhood in the city and still very authentically, Lisbon, and also the birthplace of Fado, and Alfama, meaning ‘hot fountains‘ or ‘hot baths’ and is the oldest district of Lisbon spreading on the slope of between the Sao Jorge Castle and the Tagus River the part of the old city we toured through. These suburbs are definitely poor but ... read more
In the Mouraria District.

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 18th 2018

Strolling the Avenida da Liberdade.... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 17th 2018

At 12pm the 50% mark of our trip ticked over. We celebrated in a park with a large, cold glass of StrongBow Cider. Later, Jane added to the celebrations with a wine from a vendor, “Wine with a View”. Today was about exploring Lisbon by using the Hop On Off bus which we did numerous times so as to walk to see the places of interest for us. We definitely put the kilometres into our legs today. Again, the sun shone strong and with the light coloured cobblestones, predominantly white walls of buildings the heat was definitely felt. The numerous parks with their large foliaged trees are many and not only do they add beauty to the city but give relief from the sun. From the “Parque Eduarde VII” we had a superb view to the ... read more
Revelers leave their mark!

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 17th 2018

What a sensational one it was. Sat at a table to have dinner and Jane says, "I don't want to talk to anyone so don't interact with anyone." Going to be difficult me thinks as sitting next to us separated only by a chair are two gorgeous young women. Jane gets up to get her 2nd helping and one of the young women, now known as Kristin, from Germany, asks me a question. (Lee is from South Korea). Mmmmmm! Being polite and sociable and with Jane's warning... at the forefront of my mind, what else could I do but respond. Both speak numerous languages but not to be outdone we hold our own in English!! 2 hours later we conclude our conversation and exchange of vital communication mediums. We leave on a high and come across ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 16th 2018

Today was all about travelling to Lisbon. Waiting for the train we engaged in an informative dialogue with a café (small business) owner about the state of affairs in Portugal (not happy Jan). Not only was he a well-educated person but he had worked for the government and financial institutions in Portugal as well as the US. We were able to learn a few things as well as have a few affirmed. Australia, don’t complain. The first half of the train journey saw us in conversation with a young NZ couple heading to Canada on a 2 year working visa; he a journalist and she a nurse. We observe and engage with local people (travel = people, sights, food) to really try and find out about their culture/country. An observation that doesn’t require interaction is seeing ... read more
Departing as we arrive
Lisbon Oriente

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 22nd 2018

Today we had quite the eventful day! Our start was "early" rising at 10:00 am - no alarm style to begin our day. Completely integrated to Spanish/Portuguese time zones, we found a nice breakfast/lunch at Ti Camilia. We both had "cafe's" per Cody's order (AKA straight espresso, thanks Cody), and split a ham and cheese sandwich. Cody mentioned that Portugal is the dark horse of sandwiches. He did not expect such a "strong showing," but we are not disappointed! Although, the best European sandwich to date is Antico Vinao in Florence, Italy, thanks for the recommendation there Joe Buss! However, this sandwich was delectable, and a close second to Florence. :) Our first museum stop of the day was to the Museo de Fado (The Fado Museum). Albertina's husband (our new friends from yesterday), works there, ... read more
Fado Guitars
Fado Musicians

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