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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 30th 2016

We were up before the sun after a too, too short a stay in Jerez. The weather was absolutely perfect last evening as we ate dinner on the street about 2 blocks from our hotel. Nothing fancy, just beers and tapas of spicy potatoes, and something called Teta's Meatloaf that turned our to be mostly potato with little bits of ham. That wasn't enough but the weather and street scene was so great to just watch, we ordered a second beer and split a mini-hamburger, which was ridiculously small that I halved it with a fork. LC wanted to walk and stretch our his back and I went back to the hotel to pack us up for a 7:30 AM Private Transfer to the Seville Airport. Antonio was our driver. We had about a 1:15 ride ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon December 15th 2015

Lisbon is our starting point for a cruise along the west coast of Africa. We arrived 3 days early so that we would have the opportunity to enjoy some of the sites in and around Lisbon. Our hotel was the Lapa Palace Hotel, it is truly a 5 star hotel and if you ever have the opportunity to stay there, take advantage of it. On day two the city called and so we were off to try to take in some of the sites. Our travels included Belem, a historic suburb and sampling some traditional Portuguese pastries. Next on our list was a visit to the Castle of St George which provides an excellent overview of the city. No visit to Portugal would possible without some Port Wine tasting and a Portuguese dinner at a Fado ... read more
Castle of St George

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon November 5th 2015

Today the group headed out to the Belem district of Lisbon. Our first stop was the Belem Tower. Rising out of the Tagus River, the Belem Tower is one of the greatest symbols of Portugal’s Age of Discovery. Apparently there is a statue of a rhinoceros coming out of the Belem tower, commemorating the Rhinoceros given as a gift to the King of Portugal. The rhinoceros was used for entertainment and when the King got bored with it he tried to ship it to Pope Leo X as a gift. Unfortunately, the ship carrying the rhinoceros sunk off the coast of northern Italy. The rhinoceros and crew died in the wreckage. After the Belem tower, we headed over to the nearby Discoveries Monument. The monument romanticizes the Portuguese exploration movement. On either side of the ramp ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon October 27th 2015

The tiny room is only slightly lit by the pre-dawn sky. Outside the window, two cruise ships have moored in these last few minutes before dawn. The ships are lit like giant Christmas trees against the grey Rio Tejo. The sky to the east of the river begins to develop a faint orange band along the horizon. The bright white buildings that flow down the hillside to the river reflect the early light and begin to glow with the warmth of the early morning. The red terra cotta roofs, the tiles still wet from the mist of last night, begin to shine. With the growing light of day the maze of tiny alleys and interlinked stairways become visible. The river begins to glow red now as the scattered clouds reflect the first rays of the rising ... read more
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Torre de Belem
Lisbon Nights

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon August 28th 2015

At the western end of Lisbon's waterfront, near the 25thof April suspension bridge, is an area of great historic and cultural significance called Belém. That is where ships departed for their great voyages of discovery, where defences against pirates were built, and where some of Lisbon’s most important historic and cultural sites and museums are located. They are all near the huge Empire Square, whose fountain contains coats of arms of the various colonies that once formed Portugal’s empire. Belém has three of Portugal's most important sites, the modern Discoverers Monument , the exquisitely-adorned Belém Tower, and the massive Jerónimos Monastery. These last two, built in the 16th century, are outstanding examples of “manueline” (filigreed stone-carving) trimmings; as of 1983 both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our tour only gave Margo and me t... read more
The Empire Square is one of Europe's largest. The massive Jeronimos Monastery stands along its north side
Empire Square fountain showing coats of arms of former colonies
This concrete structure, 54 m (177 ft)  tall has an observation deck at the top, giving a good overall view of the Belém site.

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon July 6th 2015

Hi Everyone, This weekend was Lisbon, Capital city of Portugal. Bottom Line Up Front: Go There. It is absolutely fantastic. When I set out on this weird European tour, Lisbon wasn't even on the list. If it weren't for my stay in the Netherlands getting extended to August 1st, then I never would have even gone. I'm so glad I stayed the extra month now :-) I described it earlier today as 90% the best of everything, at 1/3 the price and crowds. Barcelona's architecture and ocean, San Francisco's wandering hills and clanging trams, Rome's grand squares and narrow alleyways, etc... Heck, they even threw in copies of the Golden Gate Bridge and Christ the Redeemer! So if you're out to "see Europe", go to Paris and start checking stuff off a list. If you're out ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon April 19th 2015

You all know those cliched rom-com moments? The one where the male lead - think Matthew McCona... I can't be bothered thinking of the spelling of his name, is bewailing his impending marriage to the female lead - think Kate Hudson - who at least has a spell-able name - usually with the phrase 'I'll never know the feeling of meeting another girl. The excitement of getting to know them, of learning all about them etc, etc'? You know those moments? Why does the man he is saying this to never say to him - 'Shut up - whenever you travel, whenever you discover a new city, you can have this feeling all over again, and you can have the joy of sharing it with Kate'. Because that's what happened to me this morning in Lisbon. ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon March 29th 2015

We arrived in Portugal and made our way to the city by train then bus through these crazy tiny one way streets. Our hotel is a little boutique place right next to Castello / Castle. The first day we made our way by train to Sintra and walked to the Quinta do Regaleira which was a palace with a massive grounds that took around two hours to explore. We explored the rest of the town and made our way back to hotel before getting dinner and going out for drinks. Today we took the train to Cascais, which is a beach town and walked along the beach. After a few hours we took the train back to the city centre and walked around for a few hours trying to find an ATM that would accept my ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon January 29th 2015

Thursday 29th January, 2015. Lisbon, Portugal We awoke really early so we could get a phone signal to see where and when we had to meet our friend Eva. After several exchanges of texts we arranged to meet Eva at the Casa dos Bicos - our only instructions being to be there at 11 am and to look out for a grey Renault Clio. We found the Casa dos Bicos easily and were early so went into a cafe next door to post our really boring blogs from the first few days at sea. Trena - I have now added some photos! Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal. It lies on the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean in the Western Iberian Peninsula. The city is globally recognised because of its importance in ... read more
16. Eva in  Nosolo Italia Restaurant
23. Eva and D in the Park in Front of the Monastery
3. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos Facade

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon January 28th 2015

When I lived in France my ex son in law came to visit me nearly every year. Although he is no longer married to my daughter we still have a cordial relationship up to this day. On each of his visits we would travel to another European country by air, rail and car. The following blog is about one of our trips, this time to Portugal. The month of March is still quite cold in many parts of Europe. However, when Jesse came to visit that year we were having spring-like weather and decided to go to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal for a couple of days. It was too far to drive so we booked on TAP Air which is the national carrier of Portugal. Bourg en Bresse the city where I lived at that ... read more
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Lisbon, Portugal
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