August - October 2017
  • Day33

    Portugal 22 sept - 2 oct.

    October 1, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We flew into and out of Lisbon, stayed in alcochete, coimbra and Lisbon.
    We had a lovely time in alcochete staying in an apartment owned by a guy called Riz. It was lovely weather and we went birding with a South African girl called Betty. Had some lovely days out along the estuary and some relaxing evenings around alcochete.
    Coimbra is a lovely hilly city in the north and has a huge university. It was freshers time and this meant that gangs of black tied and cloaked men and women wandered the streets night and day, chanting and singing. Paul was working so we were booked into a hotel just up near the university and walked up and down to get into the city. I did some exploring on my own and enjoyed the city, it felt very safe.
    Finally we spent three nights in an apartment in Lisbon. We absolutely love Lisbon and will come back in a heartbeat.
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    Port townsend

    August 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We arrived at the ravenscroft bed and breakfast at around 3 and booked into our lovely room. We had lunch at Quench and then went for a walk around the nearby port. We were really excited to find a barred owl perched on a tree.
    We ate a disappointing meal in the Alchemy wine bar and bistro.
    The following day after the best breakfast,(Friday) we booked to go whale watching. Had a fantastic time on the puget sound express and saw a hump back and a pod of transient orcas also saw loads of birds. We had lunch in San Juan Island supper at silver water cafe.
    On Saturday we wandered round port Townsend and did some shopping. We had a quiet afternoon processing our pictures. Sunday we went to Dungeness spit for a walk out to the lighthouse there. It was just beautiful, about four miles each way and really quiet with lots of wild life to see.
    Monday we took the ferry to Whidney island and did some lovely walking in another Fort and saw pelicans.
    Tuesday we got up early and drove to Seattle airport having breakfast by a long lake on the way. We travelled back with an elvis convention.
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    Seattle 19-29august.

    August 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    We went to Seattle for five days, stayed at the vintage park hotel in a lovely quiet room on the tenth floor.we had fun exploring Seattle on the Sunday, tasting some hideous breakfast that got sent back at the space pinnacle, and wandering down to near pike market for a much better version of events at a little French place that did a fab brunch. Then supper at macmillans.
    On Monday paul was working and after watching the underwhelming eclipse he went to the conference and I met up with Carole's friend Patty, who took me to show me the Seattle skyline, the docks and her house plus a little Swedish dock area where I bought a board for cooking fish.
    On Tuesday we had a wander around again and paul had to work in the afternoon and I did a bit of light shopping.
    Wednesday we had a cruise around Seattle harbour and later ate in the Brooklyn.
    We had another wander round pike market and enjoyed a local brewery.
    On Thursday picked up our car and headed off to port Townsend.
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