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  • Finally arrived. Flight was about 30 minutes late, but all was good. Very smooth flight but man did we come in hot on that runway! I thought the plane was going to shake apart when he slammed those brakes. Temps were mid 70's and quite the contrast from Munich a few hours before. Headed for the exit and found a tourism office - bought some tickets on the AeroBus for 3.60 Euros each which took us downtown and dropped us 3 minutes away from our AirBnb. Hiked up a hill to the address (thank you Google maps!) and faced an apt building with about 7 different buzzer buttons. Of course I didn't know the right one! So after some digging through various apps,emails,etc I stumbled across it! She buzzed us in and we came in on the ground floor looking for 1D. No signs -so we climbed a flight of stairs to the next landing to face 3 doors, none of which had numbers. So we discussed that for a moment (or is cussed the right word?) when she must have heard us and opened the door.

    Lovely young girl who was very pleasant. She got a map out and showed us some things around the city and pointed out a few good restaurants she knew of, so tonite we are headed there! Will post some photos later. Hope we stay awake!

    So as you can see we made it to Quermesse - http://quermesse-restaurante.com/en/. Casual place - I had mad a reservation on line so when I came , I was greeted by a Welcome Mr. Mark and a smile - (probably not that many idiot foreigners reserve over the web! :). Casual place - maybe 8 tables or so - filled up quickly. Had a nice waitress who spoke excellent English - helpful! This was like a block from where we are staying so that made it even better. Afterwards took a walk around town - went over to the train station and bumped into people dancing at 10pm! See video. Finally back at apt and crashing.
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    Got a bit of a late start after last night but made it down to the train station and using our preloaded Viagem zap tickets, we hopped the 9:41 train ro Sintra. Mostly boring landscape on the 30 minute ride. Once off the train, we bought 5,50€ r/t tickets to take a loop around to the major attractions. Decided to start at Pena Palace at the top which is the major attraction. Spent over 5 hours exploring. Very cool Palace and the grounds are even more amazing. http://www.sintra-portugal.com/Attractions/palacio-pena-palace-sintra.htmlRead more

  • So, each day gets tougher to get out of bed, but by God we did it! Hiked up a few small hills to a Farmer's Market, where we bought some bread and cheese and then ate at a small restaurant in this pretty little park next to the market. Afterwards, we headed out for a 10 minute walk to a metro stop, where we jumped the metro for two stops to a train station where we were going to catch a bus to the Tile Museum (Tiles are definitely a big time Portgugese thing). After waiting around for a bit, it suddenly dawned on me that perhaps we were on the wrong side of the station! Sure enough, whipping out Google Maps and studying that little arrow which shows which direction.the Tile Museum lies revealed our error! So we went to the other side and after about a 20 minute wait , the bus showed up and we jumped on it for the mile ride to the museum.

    Got off, explored - = actually petty good! Had some ham and cheese sandwiches and then the plan was to head towards Belem where the Jerónimos Monastery
    https://goo.gl/maps/6fc5g56vcYS2 lies along with those world famous custard pastries (ok, so you haven't heard of them, but you should - scrumptious - we had already had a few, but these were warm and served with powdered sugar and cinammon! But I digress! First of all we decided we didn't want to wait for an hour for a bus to come by, so I whipped out my Uber app, requested a driver and within 2 minutes he pulled up. 10 minutes later we were at our destination. Great guy - nice Mercedes. We then jumped on the 15E tram using our Zap cards which we had just refilled (refillable Metro cards). Note - zap cards can't be refilled in the Metro in Lisbon with Visa cards - won't take them. We kept using cards and wondering what the hell was going wrong - well, had it confirmed later by a shop clerk.

    Waited on the tram for Belem - the sign said it would show up in 25 minutes - everybody is standing in the sun. It gets down to 4 minutes and then suddenly it jumps back up to 23 minutes. People were getting a bit crazy by then. It finally shows up and we pack on like little sardines (a Portuguese thing) . Totally smashed for the 30 minute ride. Fiinally make it to the monastery - impressive! Sprawls over about 3 blocks. Interior is amazing as is the church. Definitely a must see in Lisbon. Headed over afterwards to see the monument "Age of Discoveries" (built in 1960) on the water dedicated to Vasco de Gama and his explorers - Awesome memorial - starting to wear out, backtrack to the pastry shop we had heard so much about - world famous custard tarts - oh boy , were they good - warm - slightly crunchy crust - dang - consumed 4 between us and took 6 to go. Back to the tram, we caught one of the old fashioned ones - again packed - nice thing about this one was that it didn't stop at any of the 14 stops on the way back to Lisbon - too full. So we got back fairly quickly. Spent a 1/2 hour in a Lisbon souvenir shop, then took a 10 minute stroll north towards our apt with a sidetrack to a Rick Steves recommended little hole in the wall where I had a Bifana sandwich (marinated pork - another Portuguese speciality) and Janet had Monkfish stew with rice. Oh , did I say I had a half bottle of Portugal red wine? Do you know how hard it is to type this at 10:45 after a half bottle?

    So tomorrow - we're heading to the airport on the metro bright and early where we are going to pick up our little ECAR to head south to the southern coast of Portugal and 2 nights in Lagos. Should be interesting adventure.!
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  • Lissabon ist schön und aus dem kalten Deutschland in die Sonne macht es gleich noch viel schöner. Es ist auch die Lebensart, welche einen begeistert, so vieles spielt sich draußen ab. Es gibt einiges Interessantes zu sehen, besonders schön sind die vielen Aussichtspunkte über die Stadt. Ein Lissabonbesuch stellt anspruchsvolle Erwartungen an die Kondition, es ist zum Teil sehr bergig und man will ja nicht nur an der Promenade am Tejo flanieren. Der Ausblick entschädigt.
    Die Besten sind vom Castelo de Saõ Jorge und vom Miradoura Sāo Pedro de Alcântaravom.
    Es gibt in der Stadt natürlich auch Ecken, die nicht so schön sind. Auffällig war, du hast top sanierte Gebäude mit richtig schicker Fassade und daneben stehen Häuser, die richtig böse und baufällig aussehen und das nicht etwa in Ecken wo sich kein Tourist hin verirrt. Auch die Sauberkeit in den Straßen ist typisch für südliche Länder und hat Potenzial für Verbesserungen.
    Bei einem Besuch in Lissabon, sollte man unbedingt Sintra mit seinen Schlössern und Burgen einplanen. Uns hat dieser Trip sehr gefallen. Wir haben nur zwei der vier besucht. Spannend ist sicher auch die Burgruine Castelo dos Mouros. Die Mauer um die Ruine sieht ein wenig aus wie die chinesische Mauer.
    Super fanden wir auch unsere kleine Wohnung mit Terrasse. So konnten wir selbst für ein Frühstück sorgen, haben jeden Morgen draußen gefrühstückt und wir mussten nicht unbedingt ausgehfertig gestylt am Tisch sitzen.
    Für mich war es entspannt, dass ich einen mehrsprachig Übersetzer auf zwei Beinen dabei hatte.
    Und auch sonst hatten wir Mädels viel Spaß.
    Die Menschen, die wir hier getroffen haben, waren alle sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, wenn auch manchmal etwas schweigsam, wenn sie kein Wort englisch sprachen und manchmal auch zu sehr gechillt und tiefenentspannt. Wenn wir mal suchend in unser Smartphone geschaut haben, hat uns oft jemand angesprochen, ob er/sie helfen kann.
    Was ich nicht wieder tun würde, so einen Trip an einem Feiertagswochenende. Das biete sich zwar an, spart Urlaub, die Idee haben aber einfach zu viele Menschen, es ist alles mega voll und macht es u.U. auch teurer.
    Preislich ist Portugal etwa wie Deutschland, öffentliche Verkehrsmittel sind recht günstig, aber zum Teil schlecht organisiert.
    Ich werde auf jeden Fall Portugal noch mal einen Besuch abstatten. Es gibt da noch zwei interessante Städte und die Küste ist auch wunderschön.
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  • Als ich am 02.01. diesen Jahres von meinem Barcelona Trip zurück war, hatte ich so frühe Flüge für mich abgewählt.
    Der Rückflug von Lissabon war ursprünglich für 9:30 Uhr heute morgen gebucht. Da hätte man noch entspannt Frühstücken können und wäre bequem mit dem Airport Shuttle zum Flug gekommen. Ryanair hat unseren Flug mal einfach auf 6:00 Uhr vorverlegt, mit der Option den Flug zu stornieren, falls mir das nicht gefällt 🙄. Witzig... ich muss leider zurück.
    Um 4:00 Uhr fährt in dieser Stadt auch kein öffentliches Verkehrsmittel oder Shuttle zum Airport.
    Wir brauchten also ein Taxi. Dafür haben wir die App "MyTaxi" getestet. App geladen, registriert und Taxi vorbestellt für heute Morgen 4:00 Uhr. Man bekommt erst mal nur eine Bestätigung der Buchung, mit dem Hinweis, das man informiert wird, wenn ein Fahrer die Fahrt angenommen hat. Keine halbe Stunde später hatten wir diese. Trotzdem blieb erstmal ein klein wenig Zweifel, ob das funktioniert. Wir hatten für den worst case noch eine Option mit dem Bus, das wäre aber ein harter Sprint zum Flieger geworden.
    Mit absolut deutscher Pünktlichkeit stand unser Taxi zehn Minuten vor 4:00 Uhr an unserer Tür. Man erhält dann eine SMS, dass das Taxi da ist 😃👍🏻.
    Hat also super geklappt und war absolut easy. Kann ich nur empfehlen, funktioniert in 45 europäischen Städten.
    Unser letzter Tag heute war ein "Jetsettag"...
    Frühstück in Portugal (am Flughafen Lissabon)
    Mittagessen in Deutschland (in Flensburg, kurzer Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg nach Esbjerg, Julia hatte hier etwas zu erledigen)
    Abendessen in Dänemark (in Esbjerg, ich habe Julia nach Hause gefahren).
    Verrückt und anstrengend und dann dieses Winterwetter...

    Kleiner Nachtrag zu unserem gestrigen Ausflug nach Cascais. Auf dem Weg zum Strand haben wir Delphine beobachtet. Erst haben wir uns gewundert, wieso die Menschen alle stehen bleiben und auf's Meer starren, war kein Hotspot weit und breit zu erkennen. Und dann haben wir sie auch entdeckt. Eine kleine Gruppe Delphine, mit unserer Kameraausrüstung aber nicht im Bild festzuhalten. Zu weit entfernt und zu beweglich das Ziel.
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  • Nice sunny Sunday, what else to do but get out of the city and head for the beach! Cascais (pronounced Kash-Kaysh) is about 30 minutes train ride to the west of the city, and has long been the hangout for Lisbon's wealthy elite. Apparently it's one of the richest areas of Portugal. We figured we'd check it out.

    Getting there was fairly easy as there was a train station only 10 minutes walk from our apartment, though the walk was quicker than usual as the Lisbon Marathon was happening today, and it ran up and down the waterfront right next to the train line. Lots of streets blocked off, sweaty people with pinned bibs, that kind of thing. But we battled through and made it to the train, which wound its way along the coast westward from Lisbon, through some fairly grungy looking suburbs. Reminded me a bit of Alexandria in Egypt - faded waterfront glory facing the Med.

    Cascais was very different though, once we alighted from the train and walked into town. Loads of tourist restaurants and souvenir shops, buskers and street performers, and of course thousands upon thousands of tourists. Lots of Portuguese though, so I guess a trip out to the beach on a sunny Sunday is a good idea for locals too! The whole thing had a very Manly vibe to it.

    Shandos wanted fish & chips for lunch so we found a suitable place and sat down. We both had a decent-enough meal and carafe of wine, though the restaurant itself was quite touristy (called John Bull and decorated in black & white mock Tudor style, ugh). Walked down to the beach and dipped a toe in the water - freezing cold! Probably about 15 degrees, though a couple of hardier souls than me were swimming.

    Walked along the coastline to a fortress which wasn't super interesting, then further around to a place called Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell). It's a series of large caves where the waves crash violently, roar loudly into caves and cliffs, and sometimes spray water high in the air. I think it was an English Romatic poet who coined the name, maybe Lord Byron? Wikipedia will know. Unfortunately for us the sea was quite flat, and the Mouth of Hell was more like the Mouth of a Placid River.

    Wandered back into the main area of town, past all the gigantic houses peeping out from behind high hedges. Some nice views and it feels like a nice area, but I wouldn't want to live here and be surrounded by the swarm all the time. Grabbed an icecream and headed back into town.

    We were back at our stop by 4pm, so decided to visit inside the Monastery we'd been to a couple of days previously, mainly because today we didn't have Schnitzel with us and of course dogs aren't permitted inside. The church we'd been to the other day was free (and not overly interesting), but we bought our tickets for the inner cloister and headed in.

    Happy to report it was beautiful inside, though perhaps not worth the 10 euros per head. Although I have no problem with paying governments to view attractions, I'm not real keen on the idea of paying one of the world's richest organisations (the Catholic Church) money to see their buildings. It's not like they need the money while the Pope sits on a solid gold throne.

    The best part though, was that the monastery closes at 5pm and there didn't seem to be any security guards herding people out the exits. So we took our time and managed to get some pretty good photos & videos once most of the crowds had departed.

    On the walk back to our apartment we stopped by Pastries de Belem, the original Portuguese egg tart stall. Apparently they sell 20,000 of these per day!! Very delicious though, and the reason they exist is because the monks used egg whites to starch their robes, leaving excess egg yolks behind. Rather than toss them, someone mixed the yolks with sugar and water, put it in a crispy pastry and the egg tart was born! They're very common everywhere in Portugal, but this store has been selling them since the early 19th century and is very famous. Queue was out the door and probably 50 metres down the street, but it actually moved quite quickly and we were served fairly quickly. Interesting use of pricing too - you can buy a single tart for 1.10, a box of 6 for 5.50, or a box of 50 for 50 euros. And it didn't look like they did other size combinations! Very delicious though, delicate flaky pastry and warm egg custard filling. Glad we bought six!

    Back to our apartment where we crashed pretty hard again. For dinner I cooked spaghetti with chorizo and tomato puree - nothing fancy! We're in a slightly odd spot here without many restaurants around, hence why we haven't really headed out in the evenings for dinner (that and it's not fair on Schnitzel for him to be alone all day and then alone in the evening as well).
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  • Time to move on again! We weren't due to arrive at our Airbnb in Lisbon until 2pm or so, and it wasn't a long drive away, so we decided to spend a bit more time wandering around Evora after some pastries for breakfast. We had a good wander, took some more photos and did some more filming, then headed back to the car just after midday.

    Lisbon was about 150km away, so about 1 1/2 hours drive on the freeway, though it had an unexpectedly high toll - 9 euros! Lucky we could pay with card, as I didn't have any cash on me. Crossed into the city from the south via an enormous bridge, identical in appearance to the Golden Gate, and found our way to our Airbnb. It's a nice little apartment with a big backyard - a nice change from having to get dressed properly to take Schnitzel outside! Bedroom a little on the small side but the living area is really nice.

    Had a late lunch of soup and a savoury pastry in a coffee shop adjacent, then set out for a wander! We headed down to the waterfront and walked west, checking out the sites. First stop was of course the UNESCO-listed Monastery of the Heironymites, one of the few buildings in this area to survive the gigantic earthquake of 1755. It's also where Portuguese egg tarts were invented!

    We took turns looking at the interior, though we couldn't go right into the cloister as it was ticketed and late in the day for a proper look around. Stopped at an outdoor bar for a drink, then walked further west to the Tower of Belem, which again is a rare pre-1755 building. It was a guard tower set up at the entrance to the harbour, intended to shore up the defence of the city, though the first time it was used in anger it surrendered within a couple of hours! Very picturesque though, and lovely late afternoon sun.

    Schnitzel was getting near constant attention in a way that he hadn't in Spain - I guess dogs or at least dachshunds are less common here? At one point a crowd of 7-8 people were huddled around him, patting and cooing. He just takes it all in stride, though I'm not sure how interested he is in everything.

    Given that it'd been a long afternoon of walking to reach this point (probably 3km away from our apartment), we ended up getting a taxi back for the princely sum of 4 euros. Relaxed in the apartment for a bit before heading to a local restaurant we'd seen earlier in the day. Had a great meal of nachos and roast pork with couscous and a couple of wines. Also had a good chat with the owner who spoke excellent English and had been to Sydney a couple of times!

    I've noticed as well that English seems more widely spoken here than in Spain - I guess there's a lot of places in the world where Spanish is very useful, but outside of here and Brazil the same isn't true of Portuguese! So maybe they put more effort into learning some English. I haven't made headway into learning any Portuguese, it's similar enough to Spanish to confuse me, but with some very different sounds included too which I just can't imitate.
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  • See photos
    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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