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  • Day2

    Havne mesto Funchal je presne ake som si ho nepredstavoval. Krasne stare budovy historickeho centra z kolonialnych cias Portugalska s modernym pristavom a sirokou promenadou. Od mora sa mesto taha hore do hor az do 500 m.n.m. Z promenady uzasny pohlad. Vsetci tu miluju vianoce. Svetialka na kazdom strome, palme, ulici. Betlehemy a vianocne stromceky.

    Na uvodny den sme mali jasne ulohy. Nerobit nic zlozite, najst sprievodcu turistickych cesticiek po ostrove a dobre sa najest. Vsetky ulohy splnene.

    Dokonca sme nasli najlepsi bar s ponchou (citaj ponča https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poncha). Je to ich lokalny drink, silny alkohol s ovocnou stavou.

    Vecera bola dokonala:
    M: Scabbard fish s bananom
    D: Grilovane sardinky
    a mlade vinko.

    Zajtra sa presuvame severozaadne na 3 dnovy vylet na ostrov Porto Santo nerobit uplne nic.
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  • Day13

    More narrow streets and cobblestones today. The weather has been perfect with cool evenings and mornings and very warm afternoons. A band was playing in front of this church about 8:00 this morning with 3 to 5 minutes of loud fireworks then the hurriedly got in a van and were gone. I have no idea why. I came across a facade that looked like a church but there is only vacant land behind it. Very strange. The goats and sheep were coming right down the Camino path the goats gave me a quizzical look but I made sure to stick with the sheep just incase they were being separated with the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.Read more

  • Day5

    We slept in s bit then packed up and went to do some last minute exploring of Lisbon. We went one last time to the lookout near our apartment to see the view of Lisbon .We started walking towards the train station and discovered a huge outdoor flea market where we wandered around a little bit. We ended up in the Amalfa neighbourhood a part which we had not seen yet. We arrived at Santa Apolonia train station which is right next to where all the cruise ships dock . We sat in the sun and people watched until it was time to get out train. Other than witnessing a pigeon being run over right in front of our faces it was a nice way to spend some time ! 😂. We took our train to Porto and our air bnb was a short 10 min walk from there. Our studio apartment is so amazing. Literally smack in the middle of city centre ! We met our host , got some info from her then we headed out to get groceries for breakfast and then had the best pork sandwiches for supper! Back at the studio , nice tea and ate our last pasteis de Belem. Up early to book a boat tour and see some of the Porto wineries.Read more

  • Day8

    Checked out of our fantastic air bnb around noon and took one last look around. We went back into Sao Bento train station, easily the most gorgeous train station ever. Beautiful tile mosaics on the walls and high arched ceilings. We bought a sandwich and some fruit and walked back over the bridge to Gaia and sat in the park overlooking the Douro river with Porto on the other side. Such a beautiful sunny day. We brought along our 2 unfinished bottles of wine and ate our lunch in the park. Drinking wine right out of the bottle is perfectly acceptable and we were hardly alone . 😊 What a fantastic way to end our stay in Portugal. Sadly we made our way to the airport by metro and are awaiting our plane to our next stop ... Madrid Spain 🇪🇸Read more

  • Day59

    After nine days in Madrid it was time to move onto Lisbon (Lisboa), flying budget, bargain basement EasyJet. At least with budget airlines you don’t have people in first or business class taunting you with their special meals and drinks, their oversized seating and extensive leg space. On budget airlines, or Socialist airlines as we like to call it, we’re all equal, we’re all cramped like battery chickens, we all have to purchase everything as an extra. What we didn’t pay for was a plane full of sniffling, sick people. Anyone got some Glen 20 disinfectant.

    Lisbon, famous for its hilly terrain and pastel coloured buildings, was our home for a brief stay of three days. The three days involved a lot of mountain climbing, probably more than was required, due to Google Maps. With Lisbon’s narrow streets and Google Maps inability to locate us accurately on the GPS, we ended up in places we didn’t want to be and to get back on track often meant backtracking down Mountain Everest to take the correct path and ascend the mountain again.

    Our accommodation was situated high up on one of the mountains, about a 30 minute walk from the historic city centre. There was no need to go to the gym (except everyday was leg day).While you can take it easier and take public transport, it isn't as integrated as it needs to be, and in some areas the streets are so narrow you have no other option but to walk. Apparently previous governments neglected the public transport system, but in more recent times there have been some improvements. We did wonder whether the mountainous terrain was responsible for the mobility problems of many of the residents who walked the streets with walking sticks. Mountain climbing sticks would do a great trade in Lisbon.

    All the climbing was briefly forgotten over a good meal and a drink. On our first day, we had lunch in the historic city centre, near the shore. It was a rustic place down a narrow street, hosted by a Portuguese woman who spoke no English and we spoke only a few words of Portuguese (olá, obrigado). While not an old woman, she was hunched over, presumably from having to walk up the cliffs of Lisbon her whole life: the hunchback of Notre Lisboa.

    At first, we thought we might be able to understand a little Portuguese; it looks like Spanish and we could understand bits and pieces of the signs. But no. Portuguese sounds nothing like Spanish, other than a couple of words: olá. Luckily our Air B&B host spoke perfect English and we could easily converse with him.

    Within the three days that we were in Lisbon we managed to traverse most of the city, much of it on foot (and up hills). After getting our bearings, we took off to visit some of the popular tourist attractions, such as: Belém Tower, the old medieval fortress; Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument dedicated to the famous explorers that left from Lisbon to discover distant parts of the globe; São Jorge Castle; and Jerónimos monastery, where the famous Portuguese custard egg tarts originated (although Jason refuses to believe that they weren’t invented by the Chinese). According to Jasonpedia, like Wikipedia but information sourced from Jason’s world, the Chinese invented the custard egg tart thousands of years ago [citation required]. We also explored the many squares, churches and monuments of the city, taking a trip in one of the old trams.

    It seemed every other tourist had the same idea, as we all squashed on to a rickety tram that weaved its way up and down the steep hills of Lisbon and the congested city centre, narrowly missing parked cars. In the end, we didn’t end up getting to experience the scenic views and instead only got views of tourists armpits or heads. At the end of the day, anything is better than staying at home doing the same mundane routine each day.

    Next stop: Berlin

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  • Day100

    I'm very slow to finish my journey as a long time has passed ,but I will continue.We continued our adventure by visiting Averio,the Venice of Portugal. Named that for the amazing system of canals throughout the city. Years ago it was the salt capital of Portugal.The salt being used to make fertilizer for the farms.But with technology and chemicals the need for salt deminished. The salt flats now are a tourist attraction.The boats they used to farm the salt are now used to ferry tourists through the canal system. We did both a tuktuk and boat tour to see the sights and get the history of the city.We had a lovely lunch ended again with chocolate ganache with a big serving of Maceirra.
    The next day we stayed home and rested if you call a long walk with the doggies a rest.
    Pauli and I then left to visit Porto for a couple of days What a beautiful city and such fun to explore.With magnificent churches,castles,museums,cobblestone streets,shops full of cork items and chocolate shops and Port tasting,Porto has lots to offer. The waterfront is so interesting. Homes are tall and narrow ,colorful and famous for the laundry hanging out the windows. We climbed up 232 steps from the waterfront to the top of Luis 1 bridge to cross over the river to far side.Our Port tasting was great with 3 ports to taste with fruit,nuts and chocolate -we were snicker doodled. Dinner was at a great restaurant we had discovered earlier in the day and actually sat with the owners for over 2 hours drinking wine and learning more about this city and country.It was a great 2 days in Porto.We left Porto from the Bento train station - a must see for it's architecture and ancient tile designs.
    Taking the train back to Averio to meet Nicola and Steve we had more adventures.Who knew your train ticket actually tells you what car to be in for your designated seat - it was all in Portuguese. Thank goodness we had carry on bags.There were 3 ladies ahead of us with huge suitcases and it was no fun bumping through 5 rail cars going in the wrong direction while the train moved along to get to our seats.And that train went at 210 km/hr.
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  • Day20

    What a tough day walking up mountains on trails full of boulders, then no beds so we slept on the tile floor in the reception area, then no internet. It was good to have a warm dry place to sleep though as it was getting cold outside by 1:00pm. As we were eating dinner, about a kilometer away from the albergue, we started talking with the German lady sitting alone at the next table who was also staying in the albergue. She introduced herself as sybile and when she heard I was from Utah asked if I was Mormon. I responded that I was Catholic and walking for religious reasons as many people who walk are just on holiday. She said she was Anglican and also walking for religious reasons. She sure was shocked when I said Sybile Yates? I know her from the Camino forum and her husband is an Anglican priest. She lives in Santiago de Compostela and has two rooms for Pilgrims. I had no idea she was walking the Camino and was already planning to stay with her in Santiago. It turns out that she is leading a group of Pilgrims on their Camino to Santiago for two weeks and will be there the day before us.Read more

  • Day6

    What a perfect day! Our feet are exhausted from all our walking today 😂. We started our day strolling around at palacio de cristal a huge and beautiful garden a little north of city centre. From there we walked along the water and stopped in the historic centre of Porto and took a river cruise past the 6 bridges on the Douro River. The river separates Porto from Vila de Gaia the area where porto is produced. The cruise was awesome! We then walked along the waterfront and crossed over the Douro River on the Dom Luis bridge. We walked along the lower level first then on the other side in Porto we climbed the hill and walked back to Gaia on the upper level of the bridge. The bridge is 279 feet over the river. On the upper level pedestrians can walk along even as the trains are passing about 5 feet away from you 😲. Once back on solid ground in Vila de Gaia we went for lunch at this charming restaurant where they sat us on the second floor by our own little balcony overlooking the Douro River. The food was great and the Portuguese wine was wonderful. 🍷. After lunch we walked to the Calem port cellars and did a guided tour with a port tasting at the end. We tasted a white and a tawny port. Good but a little too strong for my taste 😜. We then walked back over the upper level of the bridge and explored more of Porto and found a great place with a fantastic view of the city. After a full day of walking we decided to call it a night and headed back to our studio to rest our feet ! Now relaxing and planning our day tomorrow 💕Read more

  • Day158

    OK so after our first day in Portuguese waters being rough the second was calm but it was also foggy from when we got up until we entered the River Douro estuary nesr Porto , we could see no more than 100m max in any direction, añd it was often less than this. But after 5.5hours of nothing except the occasional lobster pot marker we arrived at Marina Douro on the south bank of the river with Porto on the north. Staff were great very helpful as has been everyone we have met so far and their English is excellent, the fog lifted as we arrived so by the time we were moored we could see the city whichnisca little tired but there is a lot ofvrenovation work being done. Today we have been doing the sights and took a Port tour,as you should in Porto. We have also been trying to pay lighthouse tax, but marinas appear to know nothing about it, we did manage to find a 'harbour office/tax office' in Porto but as we didnt have all the documents we couldnt pay the 2euros!
    photo 1 Town Hall! Not bad eh
    Photo 2 inside train station
    Photo 3 cathedral Se
    Photo 4 looking south accross river to Gaia and port houses
    Photo 5 port house boats that are raced up and down river
    Photo 6 looking north accross river to Porto
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  • Day162

    These photos show the view leaving Viana do Castelo arriving in Porto and the fog clearing, we were out for 5.5hours and had to steer by compass the entire time, it is really eery especially as we were approaching Porto because we now know there is an airport but we could just hear disembodied noise as we got nearer.

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