Pombaline Downtown

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  • Day134


    January 15, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Departed at 10:30 from Lagos to Lisbon today. The bus was almost 4 hrs but a great and comfortable ride. I didn't book s hostel because there were so many choices and thought I'd wait. I had picked one out in my head. It took me 2.5 hours to find it because the hostels are not marked and I couldn't get free wifi anywhere. Lisbon is huge and by the time I did a circle and finally did find the hostel i was tired and had walked 10 km. The hostel is fabulous and way better than the last two dumps I've been in. My bed actually has a curtain around it for privacy. Huge racial mix of people in this city. I walked through the black, Chinese, Turkish, Muslim and Jewish section on my way to the hostel. The United Nations! Im in bed early because I have a lot to see tomorrow. Breakfast us included here so I am looking forward to that.Read more

  • Day136

    Walking Tour yesterday

    January 17, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Set out yesterday on a guided walking tour from the hostel. It wasn't as informative as I hoped. Once the tour was over Joni and I set out to the Almalfa area on our own. This is the the oldest town area in Lisbon. Lisbon was flattened by a 9.4 earthquake on all saints day in 1775 and 10000 people died. The king and his son were also assassinated in the town square.Read more

  • Day14

    Day 14. Lisbon.

    August 22, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Bus trip to Lisbon was uneventful, passing through an huge area of cork trees. No evidence of bushfires that were on the news.
    We are accommodated in the Baixa area of Lisbon and on arrival there was a noticeable difference in temp. Cooler. The hot weather is going to follow us for the next few weeks with no change in sight.
    Passed the afternoon strolling around the area with lots of other tourists.
    Tomorrow we hope to take a trip to Sintra and Cabo da Roca the most western point of Europe.
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  • Day15

    Day 15. Sintra and beyond

    August 23, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    A guide took us to Sintra first thing in the morning where we saw first hand "tourist pollution ". There were thousands of them fighting for parking spaces etc.
    Our first destination was the Palace of Pena a former home of Portugal's royal family. We were taken to a small entrance, away from the maddening crowds, to purchase our tickets. Only for the gardens and Palace terrace. Buying Palace tickets depended on the queue.
    On our arrival at the main entrance it was quite obvious we were not visiting the Palace. The waiting time in the queue was estimated at 1 hr30 mins. In the heat we would have become boiled lobsters. Not on.
    From the Palace terrace we headed to the high cross. The highest point with great views all around. From there in the shade of the garden, quite extensive, we headed down through the Valley of the lakes to meet our guide Nunu.
    The Quinta da Regaleira was our next port of call. An exhuberant collection by some of Portugal's best artists. The ceiling panelling were fantastic.
    The gardens were a labyrinth and despite being discombobulated several times we managed to see all the highlights, which included the following;
    The Iniciatic Wall. A submarine tower that sinks 27 metres into the earth by a spiral stairway and the exit was through a tunnel.
    The Regaleira Tower, the Grotto, the Balnearium Fountain and the Chapel.
    Weary and dusty we then drove to the most Western point in mainland Europe. The Cabo da Roca. Very dramatic coastline.
    I might add we manage lunch amongst all the activities.
    A walk round Cascais with an ice-cream and we were ready to return to Lisbon. Tired, dusty but very satisfied.
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  • Day15

    Day 16. Judgement Day

    August 23, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Our visit to the Sao Joao Hospital was successful but expensive. The Drs removed Shirl's bandage and declared it no longer needed covering or the sling. They prescribed some cream to be applied twice a day and we left very relieved. Shirl celebrated by buying a new long sleeved shirt. Necessary for protecting her arm from the sun.
    Coffee and Pasteis followed with a visit to the Se (The Cathedral). Not impressed.
    We strolled along the waterfront admiring the views with the intention of visiting the Basilica. Got lost and ended up in the Market instead. We like markets.
    Lunch at a Brazilian Cafe and an interest conversation with a young, Bangladesh , man about cricket. He fancies their chance against us next week. To be honest so do I.
    The afternoon was spent blogging and writing diaries as well ad planning what to do tomorrow.
    TAP have advised a Border Force strike tomorrow and Friday. Fortunately at this stage Schengen countries are not affected. Don't fancy fronting up at the airport at 4 am for a 8-45 flight.
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  • Day107

    Rua Augusta

    December 30, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Wir gehen bis hinunter ans Meer und von dort aus durch das ... und anschließend die Rua Augusta, eine Einkaufsstraße und Fußgängerzone entlang. Unterwegs gibt es noch einen „Kuchen“ aus Stockfisch und einen Madeira als kleine Stärkung, bevor wir uns auf dem Weg zum Elevador de Santa Justa machen.

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