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    • Day 50

      Visit to Lisbon

      October 24, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      It’s hard to believe that this great adventure that we began on September 5th is coming to an end tomorrow. We can’t begin to express how incredible this experience has been for us. So many amazing places and interesting people we have met along the way. We had our share of down days but overall this experience was so much better than we ever imagined.
      As sad as we are to have this come to an end we are excited to return home and see our family, friends and of course, Ginger and Luna.
      Our last couple of days in Lisbon have been wonderful. It’s a beautiful city!!! It was a nice way to end our journey.
      Thanks to everyone who followed us and encouraged us along the way.
      Now to finish packing up one last time …..🥲
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    • Day 11

      Breakfast at Restaurante o Adriano

      September 22, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 66 °F

      》Eggs scrambled with ham
      》Toast with jelly
      》Orange juice with, what I can only assume is a whole orange (fresh squeezed)

      》View of Praça Dom Pedro IV

      Rossio Square or Praça do Rossio, officially called Praça de D. Pedro IV, is Lisbon’s nerve centre. The square is situated in the city’s Baixa 
      neighbourhood, on the northern end of Rua Augusta, very close to Restauradores Square.

      The square houses various  monuments and landmarks:

      ^Column of Pedro IV

      In the center of Rossio Square sits the Column of Pedro IV of Portugal, known as “the Soldier King”. At the base of the pillar are four female figures that represent the King’s various qualities: Justice, Wisdom, Strength, and Moderation.

      ^D. Maria II National Theatre

      The National Theatre D. Maria II was founded in 1842. It replaced the old Estaus Palace, the headquarters of the Portuguese Inquisition since the mid-fifteenth century. On top of the Theatre’s façade is a statue of Gil Vicente, a Portuguese playwright, and father of the country’s theatre.

      ^Rossio Railway Station

      On the left-hand side of the National Theatre is the Rossio Railway Station, built in 1887. Its façade is striking with an unusual entrance. The trains to Sintra depart from this train station.
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    • Day 2

      Der Rossio - Praça dom Pedro IV

      October 1, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Unser nächstes Ziel war dann ein sehr großer und bekannter Platz der Stadt, der Rossio. Offiziell Praça dom Pedro IV genannt. Der Platz befindet sich im Stadteil Baixa und ist seit dem Mittelalter das Zentrum der Innenstadt. Er war in der Vergangenheit Schauplatz zahlreicher Feiern und Revolutionen. Heute ist er vornehmlich beliebter Treffpunkt sowohl der Lissabonner Einwohner, als auch der Touristen. Der aktuelle offizielle Name Praça dom Pedro IV erinnert an den portugiesischen König Pedro IV., welcher später brasilianischer Kaiser Pedro I wurde. Eine Bronzestatue des Königs befindet sich auf einer Säule in der Mitte des Platzes. Das wunderschöne Gebäude am Ende des Platzes mit den großen Säulen ist das Nationaltheater. Nachdem wir uns am Platz etwas umgesehen hatten ging es weiter, allmählich in Richtung Tejo, dem Fluss an dem Lissabon liegt.Read more

    • Day 2

      Brunch & Hafen

      August 20, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Wir starten mir einem tollen Brunch in einem Lokal mit Blick auf den Praça Dom Pedro IV.

      Danach geht es gemütlich durch die Einkaufsstraßen in Richtung Hafen. Es gibt viele tolle Cafés und Geschäfte zu entdecken und auszuprobieren.
      Außerdem sehen wir den ältesten Fahrstuhl, der das Arbeiterviertel mit der Innenstadt verbindet und lernen, dass dieser früher von Pferden betrieben wurde.
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    • Day 4

      Lissabon Tag vier

      June 10, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Thomas war Sonnenaufgang fötele und bringt einen Geburtstagsmuffin mit.
      Ab zum Torre de Belém etwas ausserhalb und dann zur Streetart Führung. Drei interessante, aber lange Stunden, die Füsse spüre ich.
      Noch ein kleines Pastel de Nata als Absacker!
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    • Day 47

      Figueira to Lisbon

      October 16, 2015 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      We rented a car to make the roughly 200 km ride to our home for the next 7 days, Lisbon. I got a nasty surprise when I dropped the little Fiat off to the Europcar concession in Lisbon as the one-way charge cost more than the actual rental charge. I had booked the car through a third party provider, AutoEurope, for what I thought was an all inclusive price that had the drop off fee built in. I apparently didn't read the fine print. Oh well, I won't make that mistake again.

      In any event, we took the slow scenic route down the coast and were treated to incredible vistas as we drove south. We stopped for lunch at about the half way point in the resort town of Nazare, and to check out their highly reputed scenery. We were not disappointed. When we drove into town, the Google Maps app brought us straight to the scenic lookout that towers over the town 360 meters below. Unlike Figueiro, the beach here had plenty of people strolling along the sand and even a few brave souls paddleboarding in the frigid water.

      After taking in the views from above, we drove down to sea level and were equally as impressed by the beauty of the cliff we had just been standing upon. We followed some locals into a cafeteria style restaurant and had (what else ?) a delicious bowl of vegetable soup and some rice and beans for lunch.

      The rest of the journey was less spectacular as we used the highway to bring us in to Lisbon. Once we arrived, after a week in sleepy Figueira, I was unprepared for the narrow one way streets crowded with pedestrians and autos alike. Fortunately, the Portuguese are, for the most part, very courteous drivers, so my hesitant, and sometimes bad driving was tolerated.

      We arrived at our apartment a little after 3:00 and were greeted by the owner, Tomas, who is a most gracious and helpful host.

      After we settled in, I wanted to drop Brenda's bike off to a local Dahon dealer to repair the damage caused by the accident and then return the rental car. Of course, by this time we were approaching rush hour and traffic was a nightmare. Add in the hilly, winding, narrow one-way streets, traffic cops forbidding me to turn left at certain intersections and, after 45 minutes of utter frustration, I cried Uncle, gave up on the bike shop and headed straight to the rental agency to get rid of the car.

      We walked back to the bike shop to have the repairs done and from there wandered the streets of Lisbon to scope out the territory.

      It's a beautiful city and we're looking forward to exploring it thoroughly. I must say that I didn't think anywhere could be hillier than Porto, but I couldn't have been more wrong. With all this climbing I have a feeling that we'll be leaving Portugal with buns of steel.
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    • Day 2

      Lagos, Portugal.

      February 18, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Finally arrived after 27 hours on the road. The trip was pretty uneventful. Arrived Lisbon around 6:15 am, huge lineup at passport control, but our bags arrived without delay and we caught a cab to the train station without any problem. Caught the train and 3 1/2 hours later, we arrived in Lagos. Literally planes, trains and automobiles! Rental car was waiting at the train station. A real plain jane, but meets our needs. Gorgeous weather awaited us. Sunny, warm and a fabulous sea breeze. The apartment we rented way exceeds expectations. Nothing fancy, but everything we need and very clean. 2 bed 2 bath with large terrace, a sea view (and a washing machine)! Now, were off for a trip to the grocery for supplies then I imagine sitting on the terrace with our feet up and adult beverages in hand. Stay tuned.Read more

    • Day 4

      Jet lag day!

      February 20, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Not much happening today...jet lag! Beautiful, sunny day. Had our breakfast on the patio listening to the seagulls down in the swimming pool. Quick trip to the store and a nice, long nap. Isn't life great? The photo was taken 2 years ago. There are wonderful rock formations and grottos where you can take a boat trip within walking distance from our apartment.. On our list of things to do!Read more

    • Day 7

      Good bye to Portugal , next stop Madrid

      September 22, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      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

    • Day 7

      Rossio Square - lisbon

      June 12, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Rossio Square, lots of interesting views from the square. You can see the ruins of the Convento de Carmello up in the Bario Alta on the hill, and the castle on the other side in the Alfama.

      I loved the purple hotel that was renovated on the one side of the square, SW corner? Some buildins were renovated, others tiled and others in disrepear with the roofs growing things out of them..... much like Havana, but not so much actually crumbling.

      We continued up the R. Augusta till it meets with Rossio square. A big open square with 2 fountains and a large statue in the centre. Lots of wave tilings.
      • Because of its elongated shape, and long use it is believed this was a roman racetrack 2,000 years ago. These days it is cars
      • The colonnaded national theater is at the far end. American fast food chains (colin went to the MacDonalds to use the bathroom)
      • The column in the square honors Pedro IV king of Portugal and emperor of Brazil
      • The square once held a palace that functioned as the headquarters of the inquisition. It was demolished and in an attempt to erase its memory, the national theatre was built in its place.
      • You can see the Convento de Carmo
      • And the Elevador de Santa Justa
      • You can also catch glimpses of the castle on the other side of the valley
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Platz Rossio, Rossio, Rossio Square, Praça Rossio

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