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Graça

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  • Day44

    Day 41

    July 11, 2017 in Portugal

    A bit of sightseeing in the morning of Porto and then on the bus again to Lisbon and then an eventful mission to find dinner and then once we found a place they were out of chicken and I was going to get the chicken parmi😞

    Then we had to resort to getting pizza probably not the best thing to eat right as you are just going to bed😏

  • Day11

    Lisbon, Portugal

    May 16 in Portugal

    Jackson was suppose to have the day off but once again it got cancelled. The ship has a scenic sail away today which is something passengers pay to attend well the ship is setting sail from a particular port each cruise, there are officers there plus free drinks and canapés. So Jackson had to go and help that set up before we could go out. He did get to sleep in a bit and then we went out at our usual time, just after 12pm. We went to Doner Kebab House for some lunch which you can walk to from the ship without having to take the shuttle. I had a shawarma which was good but Jackson had to finish it for me like usual. After that we just headed back to the ship for some relaxing in the cabin before he had to head back to work. I’m now sitting outside at the bar Jackson works at waiting for the Great British sail away to start. A special sail away which is usually the last one when we are headed back to Southampton. Where they give out flags and everyone from the UK gets very patriotic and jumps in front of your camera waving their flags and everyone else waves the flag and has fun until you show up with a camera and then they get grumpy and refuse photos saying they’re not from there. It’s going to be nice to be able to just sit and watch. Not having to work the sail away this time.

    I’ll post some pictures of the sail away in a bit.
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  • Day4

    Igreja da Graca lisbon

    June 9 in Portugal

    Wandered up the hill to this church, also a good view were were told and indeed it was. lots of street festivals. we had our dinner here and the fellow who served us told us that all the neighbourhoods have their own parties so everywhere you go there are these tents set up for cooking and tables and mostly the menu is sardines, pork, cal do verde (green broth), sometimes bata (potato), and lots of beer and sangria.

    Look at the way that car is parked on a slope of 3 stairs.

    View of the Casle from this next church. the castle has the flags waving in the wind.
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  • Day4

    Now we wandered from the square next to the church, down Veronica street over to the Panteao nacional. the building with a cupola on it.

    there had been a flea market there and the city workers were cleaning up after it. quite a mess.

    across the street was another garden - jar dine mach ado Lisbon- where they have this circuit set up for exercise. We saw that in another park too. Colin exercising his arm!

    There was Pittosporum in the park, red pomegranate, a date palm (i think).

    I like the decoration on this apartment building across the street.
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  • Day4

    This is the big church we saw from the first lookout in the afternoon from the sun gate. it was off on the horizon.

    It is quite close to the Panteao Nacional. There is an arch that you go under to access it. there was a big truck trying to get up the narrow street with cars coming the opposite direction and other cars behind the trucks, quite the traffic snarl. I couldn't believe that this huge truck was actually negotiating those narrow streets, but it did. The passenger got out and had to get some of the drivers of the cars to move before he could advance. Considering how narrow these streets are the Portugeues are very good drivers.

    There was a street party in front of the church, many tents, one of them labelled Dolores....my middle name! means sorrow in spanish I think.

    You can see a very small Colin in the bottom of one of those pictures, it gives you a sense of the scale.

    there were lots of statues in the small niches, one of them may have been st george, but not sure. one of the cherubs seemed to have a lot of arrows in him.

    the pergola with the fountain (and a pigeon in the fountain) was next to the church, it had a sign inviting you in, but not at this time of night. it was closed and locked!
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  • Day36

    Lissabon - Campo de Santa Clara

    April 29, 2017 in Portugal

    Wir nehmen die Metro, um zum Campo de Santa Clara zu kommen. Dort soll heute der Feira da Ladra - der Markt der Diebe - stattfinden, ein riesengroßer Trödelmarkt.
    Wir lassen uns treiben und genießen bei schönem Wetter den Markt und die wunderschöne Altstadt. Unterwegs werden Jonathan und ich auf einer Bahnhofsbank gestillt und gewickelt und später nochmal in einem Park am Campo de Santa Clara.
    Allmählich macht sich Erschöpfung bei uns allen breit. Ein Tag in dieser beeindruckenden Stadt ist einfach viel zu wenig. Obwohl wir nur einen Bruchteil von Lissabon gesehen haben, nehmen wir den Bus zurück nach Belém. Mama macht noch schnell ein Foto von der Ponte de 25 Abril. Dann fahren wir zurück Richtung Ericeira.
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  • Day4

    We made our way back up to the Grace church square.

    En route we passed a beautiful building calle the Oporina? they were having some sort of celebration there. All these young girls were dressed in these big wide flaring skirts and the boys were dressed like matadors.

    Also saw more loquat trees, norfolk island pines.

    I thought someone was following behind me a bit too close so I stepped out in between the parked cars to allow him to pass, then he was following a bit too close to colin. You have to watch it here as there are pickpockets everywhere the tourists congregate. Lots of signs out too warning you of the pickpockets.

    we got back up to the church square where there was a stage set up. Got a couple of shots of the sun on the church, but that is on the other camera so will have to wait till we get back home!

    my phone ran out of battery.....I think I took about 300 pics today.

    The concert started at 830 and went to around 10. Very good singer, with a fellow on a beat box and another with a guitar. They played a mixture of English and Portuguese pop music. The crowd was bouncing and singing along. Guns and roses, Clapton, they even played Bryan Adams summer of 69!

    We took the tram #28 back to our neighbourhood, although we were not entirely sure it was running as we were waiting, but they have little signs giving you the estimated time of arrival, and sure enough it showed up! a group of French tourists came to the stop late and then tried to be first on. I pushed in front....we were there first and we didn't want to miss getting a seat if possible. We didn't want to wait again in case the tram stopped running.
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  • Day17

    Day 17 | Lisbon, Portugal

    July 21, 2015 in Portugal

    Surprise, surprise...we actually got up this morning and had the "free" breakfast at the hotel. That is definitely a major accomplishment for Team Overbay. Haha.

    We went back to the room to get some sort of [Overbay] plan for the day, which usually never gets finalized. Haha. Anyway, we started our walk and ended up on Rua Nova do Carvalho (the Pink Street), a pedestrian street located in the neighbourhood of Cais do Sodré. For decades, it has been considered Lisbon’s Red Light District: sailors, thieves, drifters, guys looking for problems, and of course… prostitutes. Now with the efforts of the urban rehabilitation “Pink Street” project in 2011, everything has changed for good. The edginess and decadence on which Lisbon thrives still remains and is highlighted by dominant pink pavement, used on the entire street. Live music venues, burlesque clubs and tapas bars began to pop up with astonishing frequency, and soon thereafter, Cais do Sodré had upstaged Bairro Alto as Lisbon's most happening nightlife district.

    We finally arrived at our place for lunch: Macado De Ribeira. The now indoor food market's roots can be traced back to the 13th century, and it was once one of the most famous fish markets in Europe. Many of its traders have been selling fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and flowers there for decades and now brings together some of the city’s most loved names in food and drink. I picked Café de São Bento: generally acknowledged to have the city’s best sirloin steak. It was delicious!

    After lunch, we hopped on a train and headed down to the Belem area of Lisbon. Here we walked along the avenue and go to see the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Statue built in 1940 to mark 500 years since Henry the Navigator's death); the Belem Tower (Landmark medieval fortified tower on tiny river island with rooftop terrace offering estuary views); and Jerónimos Monastery (Late Gothic Manueline-style monastery housing an archaeology & maritime museums in its wings).

    Finally...arriving at our dessert destination: Pastéis de Belém: the only true 'Pasteis de Belém' contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the time-honored "secret recipe" Portuguese sweetmaking. The natas (Portuguese custard tart) were lip-smacking good!! Learn more: www.pasteisdebelem.pt/history_EN.pdf

    PS: We're gonna weight 300 pounds when we return from this trip!!!!

    Afterwards, being too full of food and dessert to walk, we took a cab up to Rossio Square: created in the Middle Ages, it is the most lively and beautiul square in Lisbon. It is adorned by the Statue of Dom Pedro IV, two monumental Baroque fountains ( In 1889) , National Theater, and Rossio Station (Lisbon's central railway built in 1887).

    And did I mention the Portuguese Pavement in Lisbon!?!?! It's incredible! I can't describe the whole thing, but you should definitely read about it here:
    http://www.thebarefootnomad.com/europe/portuguese-pavement-lisbons-unique-street-tiles/
    You can see it in alot of my pictures. Just amazing...and it's EVERYWHERE!

    It's been a long day...Goodnight Lisbon.

    Temp: Hi 82 / Lo 68
    Pedometer: 6.5 miles
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