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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 30th 2017

It is AFL Grand Final day back home, so I get up at 5am to watch the game on a streaming service that I have bought on my iPad. I start to feel homesick. If I was in Melbourne right now I would be at the game. The sentimental favourite Richmond wins. I get very emotional. I am very happy for Issy's brother Tony who has waited patiently for 37 years to see his beloved Tigers win the premiership. I had too much Port, Ginja, Sangria and beer last night, and not much sleep, so I am now feeling a bit ordinary. Mark and Mandy have organised for the four of us to go sailing on the Tagus River this morning, with a company called "Sailing with Nigel". I wasn't aware that Nigel was a traditional ... read more
Ponte 25 de Abril
Sailing with Nigel
Enjoying a cruise on the Tagus River

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 29th 2017

We decide that this morning we will go up the Santa Justa lift, which from the distance looks to us like a very modern structure near the centre of city. When we get nearer to it we find that it is a fair bit older than it looks. We read that it was opened in 1901, and was one of two similar structures built to make it easier for people to get up and down the steep hills on either side of the city. The other lift has since been demolished. There is a very long queue to go up the lift, and we remember the man from the apartment rental company telling us that we could climb the streets behind it and get almost the same view, so we decide to do that instead. We ... read more
Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Time Out Market, Lisbon

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 28th 2017

Issy decides to have a day off from touring so I set off on my own. First stop is the Lisbon Pantheon. This was originally a sixteenth century church which has now been converted into a monument where famous Portuguese people are buried. They include various Portuguese presidents, Vasco da Gama, Henry the Navigator, and Eusebio. The building is spectacular, and I climb stairs to exhibits on several levels, and then the roof. I catch the train to the waterfront suburb of Belem which is about five kilometres west of Lisbon. It seems that I owe the people from the Lisbon Metro Authority an apology. The card that I loaded up with money yesterday, and which I thought the ticket machine told me expired at the end of yesterday with lots of unused money still on ... read more
Alfama district, Lisbon
Tomb of Vasco de Gama, Lisbon Pantheon
Lisbon Pantheon

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 27th 2017

Lisbon is a lovely city. My plan was to taxi to the Saint George Castle and follow Rick Steeves guide. Instead there was a Hop on Hop off bus right outside the pier so I hopped on…….and never hopped off. Didn’t realize that it’s route was in the “modern” part of the city. Lisbon suffered a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The city was virtually destroyed and 30,000 people died. It was rebuilt in the baroque style and it is now a wonderful blend of old and new architecture. At every place the bus stopped there were large crowds waiting to get on and very few of us got off. The plan was to ride the circuit and then return to a great jumping off place. The traffic was awful, the crowds were awful and the bus ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 25th 2017

Like most things in the apartment other than the terrace, the bedroom is very small. The bed fills just about the whole room. There is no space between the sides of the bed and the walls, so we can only get in and out by crawling over the end of it. Our apartment is in a very hilly neighbourhood called Alfama. Based on what our taxi driver told us yesterday this must be an Arabic name. We read that it means "the baths" in Arabic. It‘s apparently the very oldest part of Lisbon, and in Moorish times it was the whole of Lisbon. Unlike other parts of the city it apparently fared quite well in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, and wasn't destroyed. Based on the look of our apartment building and the those around ... read more
Praca do Comercio
Cloisters, Lisbon Cathedral
Castelo de Sao Jorge

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 24th 2017

We decide that we will break up today’s drive back to Lisbon by visiting the town of Beja. As we get into the car a map suddenly flashes up on the dashboard. It seems that the car has a GPS. It might have been handy to have discovered this a week ago rather than today when we have to return the car. We type "Beja" into the GPS and set off. To get there we have to take a long detour off the main motorway. The country around Beja looks like rich agricultural land with lots of vineyards and olive trees set in low hills. We head for the historic town centre and park in one of the main squares. It‘s Sunday and the town looks like it‘s still asleep; there is hardly anyone around and ... read more
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel, Albufeira
Seagulls, Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel, Albufeira
Santa Eulalia Beach, Albufeira

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon September 13th 2017

Tengo suerte de que en mi reciente viaje a Portugal, llegué a visitar Lisboa en tres ocasiones distintas. Cada una de ellas fue corta pero dulce. Como siempre, quería ver en qué medida era fácil practicar un viaje responsable, esta vez en Lisboa. Comenzó con mi llegada en el tren nocturno de Lisboa desde Amsterdam-usted puede leer sobre eso en este post aquí . Pasé la noche en un albergue con increíbles vistas sobre el río Tajo, el puente del 25 de abril, y sobre Cacilhas. La segunda vez que visité por una noche con el Surfcamp me alojaba en el sur de la ciudad, se puede leer sobre mi experiencia surf aquí . La tercera y última vez estaba en mi camino fuera del país, cuando me detuve para una última noche y algunos pasteles ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 7th 2017

Lisbon has trams like Melbourne had a half century ago and so we have trammed up and down the hills of this beautiful city seeing all the sights. They provide a great way to get around the city and are very popular with the tourists. The screeching of the wheels and rattling around brought back memories of the old w class trams I used to catch each day to school. Though these ones are a lot smaller and less comfortable​. But a lot of fun. Mentioning tourists though, Lisbon is a seething mass of tourists from all over Portugal, the rest of Europe and the world generally. They fill the cafes and restaurants, the trams, streets and bars. If the tourists were all to suddenly go away this place would grind to a halt and unemployment ... read more
Funicular Plus Graffiti
Street Art near the funicular.
Portugal is famous for its tiles.

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon June 6th 2017

We decided to break up the trip from Cadiz to Lisbon with an overnight stop at the seaside town of Lagos. It is a pretty little town where the wind seems to blow a gale most of the time. A really nice intro to Portugal with some great beaches, wonderful old town atmosphere of narrow streets and outdoor restaurants and some coastal geographical features. Oh and a number of almost obligatory Roman fort ruins. It wasn't till the following day we found we had gained an hour with not knowing Portugal's time zone. A quick check on a world globe reveals why this would be although apparently Portugal struggled with this for a while and only settled on the same time zone as the UK in the 1990's. Now the drive into Lisbon was fraught with ... read more
Streets of Lagos, Portugal 2
Lagos area Ponta de Piedade
Lagos area Ponta de Piedade 2

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon May 31st 2017

Up early as today we are off to the town of Sintra. Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town that is set amidst the pine-covered hills of the Serra de Sintra. This hilly and slightly cooler climate enticed the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. We boarded a train for the 45 minute journey. Once in Sintra town we caught a bus to our first destination, Quinta da Regaleira palace, which is a decorative stately home but for us the main attraction was the elaborate grounds. The gardens are filled with mystic symbolism and hidden features which include secret tunnels, Gothic towers and stone fortified walls. Our first objective was to get to the Initiation Well before it got to busy with other tourists. The well is 27 metres ... read more
From the top of the Initiation Well

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