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  • Day61


    November 2, 2016 in Portugal

    We were ok with the idea of needing to make a quick pit stop in Lisbon to catch a flight to Morocco since it meant spending a night in a city we enjoyed last time!

    The 24 hour visit left us enough time to enjoy 2 delicious meals and a few custard tarts, the popular Portuguese treat. Although we wish we had more time in Lisbon, I know we'll be back to explore more of Portugal one day!

  • Day21

    Douglas Dices with Disaster

    October 8 in Portugal

    Our two days in Porto came to an end all too quickly. We had developed an affinity for the place and would have loved to have spent a little more time enjoying all that it had to offer.

    We had arranged to be collected by taxi at 10.30 for the short drive to the Porto Campanha Train Station. Allan and I were ready early and decided to go for a short final walk to fill in some time. When we found a small coffee shop it seemed like an appropriate place to grab a coffee before the long train ride to Lisbon.

    "Did you realise that no one has lost anything so far on this trip ?", I asked Allan. Even the two small batteries and fitness bracelet that had gone missing in my luggage had somehow reappeared a coupe of days ago. When you are changing hotels so regularly it is very easy to misplace small items such as plugs and chargers. But so far we had not lost a thing. Well done us.

    We managed to find and board the train without mishap and soon we were smoothly and silently gliding towards Lisbon at over 200 kph. Although it was not as fast as the 300 kph Grand Vitesse trains of France, it was a far cry from the 80 kph shaking and lurching rattletraps that we call trains in Australia. I wondered why we are so incapable of building this type of train at home.

    The kilometres quickly ticked by and I couldn't help but be glad that it was so much more comfortable than the 5 hour bus trip we had endured two days earlier. We were even served food and drinks by two stewards. The country that flashed by was green and picturesque and the sky had once again reverted to a cloudless blue.

    The train first stopped on the outskirts of Lisbon and a number of passengers got off. I checked the GPS and it told me that we were still 7 km from our hotel, so I assumed that we had not reached the final stop yet. About 5 km further on the train reached the end of the line and our journey was over.

    Douglas and I had been seated in carriage number one, while another 5 members of our group had been seated further back in the train. After Douglas and I managed to exit the train station there was no sign of the other 5 passengers. It became obvious that they had mistakenly jumped off at the earlier station. At least they knew the name of the hotel, so we knew they would be OK.

    Douglas and I climbed into a waiting taxi and made the short trip to our hotel, right in the centre of Lisbon. Just as our taxi pulled up, we were joined by the others who arrived in a couple of other taxis. We all walked the short distance to our hotel, congratulating ourselves on how smoothly the arrangements had gone.

    It was only when we reached the hotel foyer that Douglas's face went white. He had just realised that he had left his backpack on the back seat of the taxi. He immediately ran back to where we had been dropped, but the taxi had disappeared into the Lisbon traffic with his backpack inside. We had no idea of which taxi we had just been in. The only thing we knew was that the driver spoke good English.

    It had only been a few hours earlier that I had been gloating that on one had lost anything on the trip and now Douglas had seemingly lost his entire backpack and contents.

    The only thing we could think of was to ask the hotel for help in tracking down the taxi, but we knew it would be areal "needle in a haystack" search. Douglas decided to try once more and disappeared back up the street. A few minutes later he reappeared with a smile on his face and a backpack in his hand. Apparently the driver had seen the backpack and had come back looking for him. It really was a miracle that could restore our faith in human nature.

    With our items missing tally thus restored to zero, we all checked in to the hotel and then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Lisbon. My initial impressions were very positive and the reasonably priced lunch I enjoyed at 4.30 pm was excellent.

    Later I met Mary and Pam outside the hotel and we were all able to catch up on the events of the past few days. They are the final two group members to arrive from Melbourne and it was good to see that they had already checked into the hotel the previous afternoon.

    It had been a long and eventful day and I was ready for bed.
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  • Day2

    Castel St George

    October 16 in Portugal

    Sunny morning and we decided, after scrambled eggs and nut-packed muesli to venture to a mercado in the nearby Figueira square, down steps! What a treat! We found local cheese, white port and some red bream and veg to cook for tea.
    Nipping back up the stairs to return to the fridge, we then headed out to catch tram 28. Well, the queue was amazing for such a little old vehicle, so we quickly decided to walk, starting with an amazing escalator. Turned into a fine walk, with some excellent views. However when we reached the entrance there was about a 40 minute queue to get in . So we dissed that plan and found a church tower which gave great views for just 2euro. There was a bit of a queue inside as the top only handled ten people but better than waiting for ages.
    On our way down we found a gorgeous little cafe for light lunch of tomato soup with pesto and a couple of beers. There was a guitarist playing well known tunes in classical style. He was brilliant and a really great guy. Turned out he was from Brazil and he recommended a trip to Sintra.
    After lunch we descended towards Sé, the cathedral built in 1147. A port and fig gelato on the way. Then we just about boarded a 28 tram to take us back to Duque. The bream with courgette and tomato was v tasty.
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  • Day22

    Postcard from Portugal - Pt 1

    October 9 in Portugal

    When I was putting this trip together, almost 2 years ago, I have to admit that I had no idea what to expect in Lisbon. In fact, if I am being totally honest, I would have to say that my expectations were pretty low. The only recent news I had received from Portugal suggested that the whole country was struggling with a huge debt problem and was in danger of going bankrupt. Now that we have been here for a day and a half, it is worth mentioning how my opinion has changed.

    Many people would already know that, when I arrive in a city for the first time, I love to just wander the streets and observe how the city really works. Rightly or wrongly, my opinion is often formed within the first few hours of my arrival. Our arrival in Lisbon yesterday was dramatically punctuated by Douglas leaving his backpack on our taxi. Although this could have easily been a minor disaster, we were amazed when the taxi driver had turned his car around and then came looking for us in the crowd. My opinion of this city immediately took a quantum leap upwards.

    After breakfast this morning, Mary, Pam and I walked in the direction of the Sao Jorge Castle. This structure is situated on the highest point of the city and can be seen from just about anywhere. Yesterday the girl at reception had warned that it was a very hard walk up to the castle and went on to add that "even for young people" it is a struggle. Obviously she didn't realise that the Ghostriders are made of stronger stuff.

    Although most tourists resort to jumping on one of the continual stream of tuk tuks that convey visitors to the castle, we made our way through a series of narrow back streets. On either side were graffiti covered old houses - the sort of places that the normal visitors never get to see. We actually found it fascinating and the walk itself was not that hard at all.

    Soon we were at the entrance and found ourselves embedded in a heaving mass of tourists that had been disgorged from the three huge cruise ships that we could see docked in the harbour. I always think these monstrosities look like live sheep transports and I could not imagine anything worse than being imprisoned in a floating sarcophagus with 5,000 other people.

    Once we got through the entrance it was possible to have a little more space (but not a lot). At least the views down to Lisbon were spectacular and the morning air was fresh and cool. We spent several hours wandering the battlements and looking through the museum, before making our way back down to the waterfront.

    Lisbon is a modest sized city of some 500,000 inhabitants and we soon felt that it would not take too long to find your way around the place. It certainly has a lovely combination of architecture, seaside location, great climate and lively nightlife. The main city streets have numerous buskers who add vitality and interest to the place.

    I have just returned to the hotel after having a slow stroll back through the city. My GPS tells me that I have walked over 20 km today, no wonder my legs are tired. These so called "rest days" are starting to wear me out.

    So what is my final score for the city of Lisbon ? I think I would happily score it an 8 out of 10. If it had not been for the excessive number of cruise boat tourists, I would have actually given it a 9. It would have been good to have an extra day or two here, but tomorrow we must move on to begin our cycling adventure.
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  • Day65

    Lissabon I

    July 12 in Portugal

    Gestern ging es weiter nach Lissabon. Und wir haben es Mal wieder geschafft - es ist ein großes Festival und unser Campingplatz ist der kooperierende Platz, wie bereits in Barcelona. Also ist hier alles voll mit Zelten und es sind viele junge Leute da. Heute geht es für uns mit dem Bus vom Campingplatz aus in die Stadt. Es ist bewölkt, worüber wir aber Recht dankbar sind. Wir starten die Tour am "Praca do Commercio" in Richtung Strand, den wir aber nicht sehr einladend finden. Danach geht es zur "Sè", die Kathedrale von Lissabon. Nachdem in Spanien wirklich jede Kirche Eintritt gekostet hat, sind wir froh, dass hier der Eintritt umsonst ist. Drinnen kann man die Kachelkunst bewundern. Nachdem wir am Aussichtspunkt "Santa Luzia" waren gehen wir hoch zur Burg. Da die Schlange für die Tickets sehr lang ist, entscheiden wir sie aber nicht von innen anzusehen. Dafür waren aber die Pfauen, die sich in der Klimaanlage eines Cafés gekühlt haben, eine echte Sehenswürdigkeit. Danach geht es in die "Igreja de São Domingos". Diese Kirche hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Sie ist eigentlich in einem schlechten Zustand, weil sie nicht restauriert ist, aber das ist auch mal interessant zu sehen. Nachdem wir noch den Aufzug "Elevador de Santa Justa" von außen betrachtet haben, schlendern wir noch durch die Shops im Viertel "Chiado". Da wir heute unendlich viele alte Trams gesehen, wollten wir auch noch mit einer fahren. Wir fahren mit der Tram bis zum Park "Jardim da Estrela". Die Tram ist super überfüllt, aber es war trotzdem lustig. Die Fahrer müssen sogar aussteigen um die Weichen zu verstellen. Der Park ist schön und hier sind kaum Touristen. Wir besichtigen noch die Kirche neben dem Park "Basilica da Estrela" und machen uns dann auf dem Heimweg.
    Lissabon gefällt uns sehr gut. Die Kachel geschmückten Häuser sind ein Traum.
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  • Day332

    Die Dächer der Stadt

    July 8 in Portugal

    Lissabon ist die Landeshauptstadt Portugals und wurde an einer Flussmüdung sowie sieben Hügeln erbaut. Ob am Ufer des Tejo den Stadtteil Belém zu erkunden, oder sich einen Ausblick im Altstadtteil Alfama zu verschaffen - der 'Wow-Effekt' ist vorprogrammiert.

    Wer im ersten Bild denkt: "Die Statur habe ich doch schon mal irgendwo gesehen.", liegt damit goldrichtig: in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien! Die Kirche hatte entschieden, sollte Gott das Land vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg beschützen, einen Christo zu erbauen.Read more

  • Day29

    Last night in Portugal

    October 2 in Portugal

    We woke up from the much needed nap, after the exhausting hike we've done all day around the city. We had nice dinner in Jamie Oliver's restaurant, walked in the neighbourhood, avoiding any problematic streets and hills. We finally came back to the apartment, got Yam to sleep, and went to sleep ourselves before the long ride that is expected tomorrow back to Madrid.

  • Day29

    Free walking tour

    October 2 in Portugal

    We got to the meeting point in the main square of Lisbon, and met the guide and the group. Today was very hot, and with the combination of Lisbon's steep streets and the bumpy sidewalks, it was pretty difficult to keep up with the guide. For some reason he didn't stoped at all. The only stop he did take was to taste this cherry liquer and even this was only for 5 minutes. So after about 4 hours of carrying Yam's stroller around Lisbon, we splited from the group and went to rest a bit with beer and cold water.Read more

  • Day331

    Die letzte Station vor meiner Heimkehr (nach 12 Monaten im Ausland) soll Portugal sein. Mit einer Stunde Zeitverschiebung ist das ja immeroch etwas exotisch :-)

    Der Flughafen von Lissabon ist direkt in der Stadt, sodass man sich nicht über sehr tief fliegende Flugzeuge wundern muss. 'Lisboa' ist eine wunderschöne, bunte und alt-junge Stadt, in der man unglaublich viel beim schlendern durch die Straßen entdecken kann...Read more

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