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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon February 17th 2021 17th February - A ride on tram 28 - Lisbon Lisbon’s trams are an integral part of the public transport network, and cover many of the areas of the city where there is no access to the metro. There are two distinct types of trams, the historic “Remodelado” trams or the modern Siemens “Articulado” trams. The delightful Remodelado trams date from the 1930s, and in any other city they would be housed in a museum, but not here in Lisbon as we take Tram 28 with Igor, our virtual guide today. The entire route of Tram 28 is from Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique / Prazeres & takes approximately one hour. Today we travelled with the locals for about 20 minutes. So all aboard ! The tram rattled along, it was difficult to remember ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon January 20th 2021

15th December 2020 Chiado district Lisbon Home to the theatres, the cafés and the oldest bookstore still active in the world, Chiado is the location for today’s tour with Ines our guide. We travelled back in time to the 19th century Chiado district. The district is named after, António Ribeiro, a Franciscan monk who left the order to become a satirical poet and actor. António’s distinctive style was his shrill and high voice, which gave him the nickname Screech (Chiado in Portuguese). The statue of Fernando Pessoa depicts him drinking coffee outside the Café A Brasileira. The Art Deco interior of the Cafe a Brasileira has remained unchanged since opening in 1905, with wooden booths, mirrored walls, brass fittings, and a long oak bar. The Elevador de Santa Justa is one of the truly unique tourist ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon December 31st 2020

November 8, 2019 Today was our second, and last day in Lisbon. I woke early to be able to photograph the city and learn more about its history. Yesterday’s long day of touring made Dave too tired to join me in the three hour morning walking tour of Lisbon. Fellow passengers Rosemary and Dick, who ironically live less than five miles from our home, were going to accompany me on this tour, also decided they were too worn out. No problem, I left the ship alone at 9:30am to find a tuk tuk (a three seated, covered motorbike-taxi) to take me to Rossio Square at the Dom Pedro IV statue where at 10am, I met Ricardo, today’s tour guide from Viator. We were a friendly, small group of eight who were assembled and eager to learn ... read more
Base of the statue of Pedro IV in Rossio Square one of four marble allegorical female figures representing Justice, Wisdom, Strength and Constraint, qualities attributed to Dom Pedro IV
Bell tower of the 12th century Lisbon Cathedral
Sao Jorge Castle

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 1st 2020

Having completed the Kumano Kodo last year and learned that by completing both the Camino de Santiago and Kumano Kodo you became a Dual Pilgrim, I decided to tackle the Camino de Santiago. In researching the many Caminos, I decided that my decision of which path to take would be decided on two things. Firstly, I wanted a path less travelled and secondly I wanted to complete the hike earlier in the year, again when less Pilgrims would be there. In going earlier in the year, it counted out the Way of St James or the French Way, as the route over the Pyrenees would be closed. I had not been to Portugal before and with the route there being open, decided I would tackle the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon to Santiago, via Porto, a ... read more
Camino Portugues
Camino Portugues
Camino Portugues

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 8th 2020

What a wonderful city ! Brenda and I arrived @3 30 pm and were happy to find our hostel is in a wondeřul .location . We are just around the corner from the St Justus Elevator a block and a half from a major square where the buses trams and hop on hop off buses depart . That distance is filled with side walk (and in door) restaurants that feature Portugese foods. I have bee eating a fair amount of fish here as well as in Sri Lanka and will miss that freshness when I get home . Our first day i remembered Susan telling me the free way to go up the elevator and avoid the 6€ fee. And up we went . What a great view of our part of the city ! . ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 14th 2019

Overview This was my first visit to Europe in ten years. I had forgotten how many tourists come to Europe. It might be another ten years until I return... I can appreciate even better now how recent terrorist attacks in cities like Paris can have such a significant impact on a city's economy. I was also interested in getting a first-hand view of the impact of the Financial Crisis from ten years ago. That event is still raw for many Lisboetas. With a minimum wage of €700/mth and rents running the same, more and more Portuguese struggle to get ahead. There was certainly animosity towards the EU when talking to the locals. Two things struck me by surprise. One was the amount of English spoken by the Portuguese. However, in Europe, it is pretty tough to ... read more
Sintra - The Land of Palaces
The Fairytale Town of Sintra
National Sanctuary of Christ the King

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 6th 2019

Today is an opportunity to visit the couple of things that still seem important to see. Tomorrow we catch a train to Porto at 11.30am, and we’ll rattle our poor luggage down the narrow cobblestone footpaths to the station and settle back for the 3 hour trip. Last night we had dinner at a House Of Fado. Fado is a traditional style of music, believed to be born here in Alfama. It dates back to the 1820s but it’s thought to be much older. Fado has a reputation for being sad, serious, soulful music, but from what we saw it does have more upbeat moments. It’s difficult to describe without sounding an arthouse theatre going, coffee sipping, left wing wanker, but basically that’s what I am, so I’ve nothing to lose. Sue and I - notice ... read more
House of Fado
12String Portugués Guitar

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 5th 2019

Good God, what a place. I’m writing this, looking out at the early evening sky over the River. It’s pink fading to a soft blue, and I think it may have dropped to low 30°’s. The breeze coming off the river conceals the heat, and on most hot nights, sleeping is not a problem. At the moment, a thin line of sparkling orange and white lights form the horizon, and split the dark sea from the light blue sky. Sometimes I’m really not sure where this apartment is located. On google maps, you need to walk 20 metres and turn left or right into our street. The staircase twists and turns at every level, and I know our window faces the river, but where exactly I couldn’t say. We do not step outside without some effort. ... read more
It’s 34°c.
Jerónimos Monastery
Busloads On The Line, Jerónimos Monastery

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 4th 2019

We woke up to the sound of the neighbors playing with their children, laughing, and enjoying life. Their apartment is just offset from ours, but a little lower, so you can experience their life, whether you choose to or not. Without much of a plan, I looked up a tourist information place, or so I thought, and we started climbing west. As we turned the first corner, the tiniest cafe, on a corner at the foot of some steps, was the obvious breakfast stop. An almond cream tart and a cappuccino gave Sue the energy to continue, and we were soon following the tram line to the top of this hill called Alfama. The vivid colourful ceramic shops, and the working artists inside, drained the purse a bit, and as we stood discussing life and the ... read more
Heading next door for dinner.
Mini trams.
Tiled Building

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 3rd 2019

Currently high in the sky above Spain, the next part of our trip is about to start. Mission - Marry The Couple And Make Natalia A Sherry - was a success and she thinks she might have a movie career now with her new exotic name. Well, it’s exotic if you pronounce it the way it sounds in Polish. This morning I was forced out of bed by the incessant beeping of my phone, with all the early bird travellers communicating and making announcements via our whatsapp group, with no consideration for those of us who could sleep in; at 6am I don’t care where you are or if the train is late. Tim and Natalia are registering their marriage this morning and then meeting us for breakfast at Charlottes, a popular cafe in the old ... read more
Lisbon Harbour
Our Bright, Warm Coloured Loft.

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