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  • Day36

    Phils time fill in philosophy

    January 17, 2017 in Portugal

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    1. How to combat obesity epidemic. ..have signs telling kids they have to run not walk
    2. Urinal on street corner near Castell for those desperate to go.
    3. Knowledge is power....We have seen so much abuse of this from the destroying of Muslim libraries by the Catholic monarchs....to the witholding or distortion of the truth in the Inquisition.
    4. Not quite so deep this painting...though the water is.
    5. A theme on this trip...graffiti everywhere though some quite artistic.
    6. The sunset on what has been an awesome trip.
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  • Day34

    Phils rephilections

    January 15, 2017 in Portugal

    Ad in magazine...interesting reflection on workplace relations.
    Another beautiful sunrise.
    Going clothing shopping...that's a misstake.
    Green wall at a BP station
    Almost saw a 911 twin towers......
    Stunning views on a stunning day
    Yesterday visited some Roman ruins recently uncovered in a building renovation and incorporated into the building. Well they found some artefacts from a Roman household...plates etc. They surmised that it was a wealthy Roman household because some of these artefacts were.....made in China!! How times have changed.Read more

  • Day33

    Phils highlights

    January 14, 2017 in Portugal

    Just when you thought you had seen it all...Evora produced some gems. The bone chapel...A Roman aqua duct. ..even remains of a Roman bathhouse in the foyer of the Ministry of Education building just recently found during renovations. Did a circumnavigation of the old wall around the old part of the city. But the find of serious cultural significance was the exhibition of nativity scenes from around the globe including some interesting African ones...and one with Jesus sucking a pacifier....and one of the obesity epidemic that hit Palestine about 2000 years ago....probably too much full cream from the friesan cow. Finally the picture of the hippie Jesus descending with the peace symbol. No wonder Evora has just gained UNESCO status.Read more

  • Day31

    MM+MM with M

    January 12, 2017 in Portugal

    Monuments, museums, and monastery marathon with Manda.
    Yes 8 hours on the go visiting lots of the above in a place called Belem. ..along the coast from Lisbon central. Despite many M's already on this trip these ones still amazed. A great way to spend a foggy day which only lifted late afternoon.
    In one museum saw an old version of a stand up paddle board with a video demo of the technique...All happened decades before the modern equivalent. Also bought a tea shirt with a Portuguese poem inscribed....The translation was quite beautiful.Read more

  • Day30

    Phil's wanderings.

    January 11, 2017 in Portugal

    Awesome day in Lisboa. The city built on hills which of course means great viewpoints. We are staying in Alfama which being on solid rock survived the 1755 earthquake so has kept the charm of narrow cobbled streets and alleyways. Much of the rest of the city was rebuilt with wider streets so has a different feel. Massive cruise ship in town so Amanda and I played 'spot the cruise shipper'. A few elevators to take tourists and locals up and down...I preferred the exercise and walked! Had lunch in a lovely spot by a beautiful pond in a park. Beautiful sunset.Read more

  • Day28

    Bus journey Granada to Seville

    January 9, 2017 in Spain

    Enjoyable 3 hours watching the arid looking landscape go past...olive trees....more olive trees...white washed Spanish villages....more olive trees....and industrial pollution coupled with clean green power generation. And some interesting road signs.

  • Day24

    Cruising cave houses

    January 5, 2017 in Spain

    Has been fascinating wandering the streets in a few towns looking at cave dwellings...Most with a big chunk of the house sitting underground. Amazing variety and some well kept...others in ruin. A neat experience sleeping in one overnight...quiet and constant temperature...and no wifi! !!!

  • Day24

    Alpine villages

    January 5, 2017 in Spain

    Made the most of our last day with the hire car. Tiki toured through alpine villages nestled at the foot of the Sierra mountains, as we wound our way to Granada. The dramatic contrast of virtually no cars till hitting the motorways of Granada.

  • Day21

    Phils few photos

    January 2, 2017 in Spain

    Started with a lovely sunrise....Our first cloud for a while. Then getting used to driving on the rhs of the road....on narrow mountain roads...Amanda encouraging me to drive more in the middle of the road away from the big drops....me veering from the oncoming traffic away from the centre of the road!!!! Then trying to follow our Google lady through a myriad of narrow one way cobbled streets....missing turns into streets that didn't look like streets....But we got there.
    Karst landscape was amazing.
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