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

The train down from Porto was very comfortable. Halway towards Lisbon it clouded over and by the time we arrived at Oriente station it was raining. We negotiated the metro down to Cais de Sodré where we were able to store our bags while we waited for our friend to finish work. We got there a bit early so we popped over the road and had a quick drink in Hennesey's, an ex-pat Irish style pub with very expensive beer! The after work buzz was good though, and it's not something we often get the chance to do. Once we met up with Kev, he took us (via the Metro) to a traditional chicken grill restaurant, Restaurante Primavera. It was cheap and cheerful but an authentic Lisboa experience - just go easy on the fiery piri ... read more
Cristo Rei
Cristo Rei
The view from Cristo Rei

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 21st 2018

After (easily) waking up at 4:15 am, since we both fell asleep so early last night, we rode in an Uber from our hotel in Madrid to the airport. The one major difference between our travels domestically and internationally is the fact that you have to board a bus to take you to the airplane. It's nice, though, because you have to load the plane up a flight of stairs making you feel like a local celebrity! Our flight arrived to Lisbon at 7:30 am Portugal time (Portugal is an hour ahead of Spain). We were not able to drop our bags off at our Airbnb until 11:30 am, so we took an Uber to a nearby spot to burn some time. Our Uber driver took us through the narrow hilly streets of Lisbon. Unfortunately, there ... read more
Rain to Breakfast
Breakfast Cafe
More Wine and Beer!

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 14th 2018

Saturday: Pouring rain in the morning, so we might as well use the time for Yoga, laundry, and organization of our digs. We found a laundromat to dry our wet clothes and a restaurant with take-away sandwiches. So far, quite a useful day. The rain can't last forever, can it? By 2p or so, the clouds start to break and the sun peeped out. Time to explore! Since our start was so delayed, today, Mike and I decided to go see three of my fave places: churches, parks, and cemeteries. When we arrived at the Estrela Basilica, there was a wedding exiting the church. As much as we wanted to be a part of the festivities, it would just be rude. Instead, we strolled through the lovely park across the street. Estrela Park is surrounded by ... read more
Memorial to the mosaic makers
Glen throwing caution to the wind
Basilica Estrela Park

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 14th 2018

It's hard to believe its four years since we last visited Lisbon. We fell in love with the city then, so the chance to go and spend a few days with friends and then travel around the country a little was too much to resist. Imagine then, being able to sit out on a rooftop terrace and drink a glass of wine as the sun went down. We fell in love with Lisbon all over again! Having done most of the walking around and main tourist sights last time, we had a very specific list on this visit. It began with a trip to the fabulous tile museum. Now, this may not sound like the most incredible experience but it was. Inside we learned all about the history of tile making in Portugal. It came from ... read more
Lovely streets
Tiles!
Tiles!

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 11th 2018

Lisbon Day 3 - today's walking tour will be an endurance test. More hills than San Francisco (at least it seems that way). We left the hotel and headed for THE square to meet out tour. You must be very specific not only about which square but which statue in the Square. Every other block has a square and they all have statues and sometimes more than one. We started the tour with a climb ( as it turns out the same climb as the one we had going to dinner last night) this brought us to the top of the elevator with spectacular views of Lisbon. Timed perfectly in between bursts of rain, we walked back down through newer area to head over to the old part of the city. The difference between old and ... read more
The elevator
At the top
Seaside view

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 10th 2018

Portugal Day 2 - Knights Templar (Order of Christ) Castle & Church A little back ground story is necessary.... The Knights Templar as we know them today were an army created, jointly by the Kings of Europe and the Pope to protect pilgrims that were travelling to the Holy Land . They evolved into THE elite fighting force of that period. They also acquired many riches and artifacts (allegedly such as the Holy Grail and The Ark of the Covenant) which is part of the reason for their demise. The Pope(s) and King of France did not like that they had become so powerful so on October 13, 1307 (this is where the bad luck of Friday the 13th comes from) they were declared to be Heretics and were all arrested to end the Knights Templar.... ... read more
Almourol
Castle
Convent of Christ

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon November 16th 2017

Monday November 13, Lisbon The short drive from Sintra to Lisbon had us arriving at the Hotel Mundial by 11am. It was a large, modern hotel in the center of town. We were too early to get into our rooms, but we dropped off our luggage after parking in the hotel's underground lot and off we went on our walkabout. Dawn and I visited here briefly 8 years ago while on a cruise, but my memory of the city was quite vague. We do remember the incredible history and atmosphere here in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal since 1255, and one of the smallest European capitals...vibrant and multicultural. There are many beautiful squares with fountains and statues, one after the other, between our hotel and the promenade on the River Tagus. We walked through the Praca ... read more
Holding up the symbolic gateway arch to the city
Saude!...on Rua Augusta pedestrian street
Dawn always photos the interesting corner building signs

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon November 10th 2017

It’s Friday. We only know because they change the brass inlay nameplate on the elevator floors each morning so cruisers can keep track of what day it is. If it’s Friday, it must be Lisbon. It is not only the capital, it’s the largest city in Portugal and we have all of 7 hours to check it out! This is why we are not Cruise people. We opt for the shuttle into the city center and are dropped off along with 2,000+ other tourists at the same time with literally the worst map ever printed. Relying on Google and Peter’s Spanish, we manage to find a visitors center where we get the skinny for travel options to the Maritime Museum. Pete & Nancy join us mostly to see the church and Jeronimos Monastery that houses it, ... read more
Lisbon ship crest
Lisbon docks
Downtown Lisbon

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon November 8th 2017

We're on our way at last and hope to keep you all updated with a few photos every now and then ! After a long debate about how early we needed to be at the airport, Olivia won and we had to wait n hour for the check in desk to open... Abdel has finally finished moaning and we're waiting in Lisbon before heading off to Accra ! Ça y est on est enfin partis et on espère pouvoir vous tenir au courant en partageant quelques photos de temps à autre ! Après un long débat sur l'heure a laquelle être a l'aeroport, Olivia a gagné et on a attendu une heure avant de pouvoir déposer nos bagages... Abdel a enfin fini de s'en plaindre et nous attendons à Lisbonne avant de définitivement entrer dans notre ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon October 26th 2017

Okay, kids, you can stop worrying. it’s your parents reporting. Sorry we haven’t posted. Our internet connection has not always been good and/or we’ve just been too tired at night to write. It’s also taken me a while to figure out this new blog site and especially how to include photos. This will be a pretty unsophisticated blog – not a travelogue. It’s primarily for our family and friends and also to help us remember our walk. For those of you following from American Pilgrims on the Camino you may get bored! But you may indeed learn something new about the Portuguese Camino. If you’ve followed us before our posts may be much shorter. Maybe then we can post something every day. But now we will catch up on the last 10 9 days. We landed ... read more
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