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  • Day4


    October 31, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Óbidos ist ein kleines verträumtes Örtchen mit Stadtmauerumrandung, welche man entlang“klettern“ kann. Ohne Handlauf u keinen Meter breit aber tief abwärts beim falschen Schritt war das genau das richtige für mich 🙈 na nützt ja nix, der Blick war toll. Innerhalb der Mauern süße Gassen, immer wieder kleine Läden, die für 1€ zum Likörtesten aus nem Schokobecher einladen... 🙂 hätte nur noch bei Sonne schöner sein können, aber sehr sehenswert. Da bisschen viel Programm auf dem Plan stand, haben wir kurzerhand die letzten 2 ursprünglich geplanten Stopps gecancelt, weil wir irgendwie schon wussten, was uns in Lissabon erwarten würde... 🙈🙈Read more

  • Day4

    Ankunft in Lissabon

    October 31, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Nachdem wir über eine Stunde IN Lissabon im Stau gestanden haben bei fürchterlichem Verkehrschaos für eine Strecke von eigentlich nur 10min, lagen meine Nerven definitiv blank und ich bin noch nicht mal gefahren 🙈 ich brauchte trotzdem erstmal ein bisschen zum runterkommen. Unser kleines aber feines Zimmer, recht zentral liegend, bezogen, kurze Einweisung von unserem B&B-Papa José bekommen, sind wir auf sein Anraten hin in seinem Lieblingsimbiss gelandet, ein Laden, den ich so von außen betrachtetest nicht in Erwägung gezogen hätte, ihn zu betreten. Aber meistens sind das ja sei besten Lokale. was soll ich sagen, super lecker gegessen/getrunken u dann noch motiviert durch das abendliche Lissabon geschlendert. Eine Stadt, die offenbar nicht schläft. Zumal auch hier kräftig Halloween 🎃 zelebriert wird.. wir haben uns kurz nen „Überblick“ verschafft für den bevorstehenden Tag und freuen uns drauf 👀😎🙂Read more

  • Day15

    Lisbon's Many Sites and Tastes

    April 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅

    On Thursday we completed our cycling trip across the Algarve with a triumphant arrival at the very windy Capo St. Vincent, the most western point of Portugal and mainland Europe. After a look at the beautiful vistas and a celebratory beer, we were transported by van to the lovely hillside town of Loule. We enjoyed another excellent Portuguese meal where Helen and I had cuttlefish done in lots of olive oil and garlic. Can’t go wrong with that. We all really enjoyed Loule the next morning. It felt much more like a real working town and not simply one that was overrun with visitors. It seems that the secret is to get away from the coast a bit.

    Friday afternoon we arrived at one of Lisbon’s many rail stations. The entrance to the city was quite impressive over a bridge like San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge . Lisbon sits by a large, natural harbour that is at the mouth of the Tagus River. Much of what happens in the city is centred around the waterfront.

    Helen has been in charge of our Lisbon visit and she has kept us going at a very fast clip. She even wrote notes for the blogs- she took her job of Lisbon convener very seriously indeed. She rented us a large and well appointed 2 br apartment in the Estrela area which sits on one of Lisbon’s 7hills. Wéve been walking up and down cobbled roads for the past 2 days. Thank goodness we decided not to bike this. Would have been impossible!

    Helen writes: We arrived Friday a bit north of our rental flat and, after a bit of argy bargy, found the cab stand. More argy bargy while the cabbie discussed our address with his fellow cabbies - pointedly avoiding us or our gps - and we set off and shortly were settled in a very stylish flat overlooking the old town.

    By the time we headed out for dinner it was late so we were modest in our ambitions. But we had found a promisingly well reviewed restaurant in the neighbourhood so set off down the hill to explore. we found the restaurant but it was fully booked, sigh, so we repaired to a wine bar next door. Only to discover that at the wine bar we could not only sample the best regional wine but order anything we wanted from the restaurant (too full to accomodate us) next door. Private party! Great food and an absolutely brilliant bottle of Douro red.
    The young server also gave us some interesting incites into lofe in Portugal these days.

    Saturday we had a leisurely start at the well appointed flat and then set out to explore old Lisbon. We started at the Basilica nearby - v grand- then caught one of the old trams towards the old fort. The little wooden tram was a great way to chug through the twisting and narrow old streets. We then worked our way on foot through several alleys and, pausing for coffee and portugese pastries, to emerge at the gate of the fort...rebuilt on similar lines by all the armies that occupied lisbon over centuries.

    Despite the historic importance of the site, we were put off by the VERY long ticket line, and decided to just walk through the district up to one of the viewing points on one of the seven hills of Lisbon. We ambled through the flea market, took in the Pantheon, and enjoyed the view. We also entertained ourselves watching a freshman pickpocket trying to work the crowd without skill or success. Poor chap - we nearly asked him to pose for a photo under a sign that warned tourists about pickpockets.

    Time to tackle more transit....quite a bit of head scratching and we finally cracked the metro tickets and headed north to the site of the 1998 Exposition to indulge in a little modern architecture. ( ps Heather immediately recognized the architect as Santiago Caletrava). We managed to dash into a restaurant for lunch as the heavens opened. But rain was to be our fate for a bit. We hopped into a cable car to get an impressive if watery view of the longest bridge in europe - the Vasco da Gama bridge. There are a lot of significant things named after Vasco Da Gama.

    A bus ride back towards town and we ended the cultural part of the day with the National Tile Museum. This may sound dry but was absolutely stunning - a beautiful old monastery adorned with Portugese tiles in the most imaginative of expressions.

    Our feet were cold and sore by this point so we headed home to dry out/warm up. A bit later we headed out to eat simply in a nearby place. Our first choice - a convivial Italian - was full. Or so we thought. Turns out they were happy to accommodate us in another room across the street! We finished off with a limoncello and headed ´homé. Belem and Baixa await tomorrow

    Update from Sunday. Helen had another full day (23000 steps worth) for us today and we walked around a couple more of the interesting barrios in the city and made a quick stop to sample the Regional cherry liqueur known as Ginjinha. 10 am was A bit early to be sampling liqueurs but we were too pooped to go out last night and Helen and Laura are purists and insisted that we go to THE little shop for a tasting. It was actually not unpleasant. Next we were off for more squares, statues and then made a stop at Time Out Market which is a food market set up in an old market building. There are a number throughout world and the idea is for people to sample excellent regional food and drink. We tasted some delicious fish cakes made with salt cod and potatoes. Kind of like a croquette. After that, we were off to the Belem area which had been the Centre of Portugal’s former maritime glory. It is now a residential district but has a few good things to visit including an ancient tower guarding the harbour and the beautiful monastery built to celebrate - yup you guessed it - Vasco da Gama’s successful journeys to other parts of the world, including India, He is buried in the church there.
    We have only touched on the many things to see (and eat) in Lisbon. It is an interesting city with nooks and back alleys to explore as well as some significant museums and sites. The food is wonderful, the weather is normally better than the rain we’ve had and we’ve had no problems getting around. It feels like a safe city with the obvious cautions. They could do a better job on the dog dirt front and also get the graffiti under control. Certainly worth another visit.
    Tomorrow we set sail north. We pick up a rental car at the airport and will overnight at a Pousada in Obidos. We are expecting luxury for one night in the castle. ( Mike thinks for what we paid that he’s actually bought the place)

    That’s all for now. Boa-noite for now,
    Love Mom/Heather
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  • Day1

    Lisbon Layover

    March 6, 2017 in Portugal ⋅

    Day 1... From London to Lisbon, my journey started in the Portugese capital. Nice city that doesn't feel like one. Old colourful buildings and charming cobbled streets. Also my second 'Couchsurfing' experience with a cool American - Vincent. Had a great evening and great hospitality. Off to the airport in the morning for a 10hr flight to Venezuela!Read more

  • Day50


    October 19, 2015 in Portugal ⋅

    Well, I've been a little lazy in posting our adventures in Lisbon, but as you read on you'll understand why.

    First, let's talk about our accommodations. We booked this two bedroom apartment through Air BnB that described it as "quirky". Indeed. Walking through the front door looking up the first of four flights of stairs, one is taken aback by how decrepit the walls appeared to be. Up and up we climbed with the carpeting on the stairs changing from storey to storey and the stair widths doing likewise. The walls went from bare plaster to wallpaper, to patchwork wood panels. The apartment was extremely spacious with two bedrooms and bathrooms, a full kitchen and a sitting area. More than we needed, but it all came with the package. The floor in the hallway sloped so much that any excess alcohol consumption would have us literally bouncing off the walls. Good thing we rarely overindulge. The entire apartment was furnished with flea market antiques and artwork that perfectly blended into the rest of the apartment. We had access to a separate laundry area that was fiercely guarded by Godzilla in a birdcage. It was great!

    It's funny, Lisbon has never really been on my list of must-see places in the world, yet I was blown away by the beauty and charm of this city. As we explored, we were astounded by the size of the buildings and the effort that went into the stonemasons' work on many of them. Several buildings were so vast I had to use the panoramic setting on my camera to fit them into the picture. Rarely do you see travel shows extolling its virtues, but it truly should receive better press. It's a vibrant place, filled with history, beautiful architecture, including at least two palaces, a castle and a Roman aqueduct, an antique tram system and warm, charming people. I suppose its intense topography may put off a lot of people, but it's still quite manageable if you take it at a reasonable pace.

    That is, of course, if you're not recovering from a serious bike accident.

    After a couple of days of climbing Lisbon's hills, we had stopped at a shop to have some copies made while we were on our way to lunch. While we were waiting, Brenda said to me, "I don't feel very well." Within no time, she was sitting on the floor and going in and out of consciousness. An ambulance was called to the scene and she was transported to hospital where a battery of tests were performed. In the end, it was confirmed that not only had she suffered a mild concussion in the accident, but she was extremely anemic and needed a blood transfusion! She spent the night in hospital receiving the urgent care she required, including one unit of blood, and was released the following morning. The doctors prescribed some medication, cautioned her to take it easy and to consult with her family doctor when she gets home, the sooner the better.

    So we followed the doctor's orders and took it very easy from then on. We took the tram out to Belem, a suburb about 10 kms west of Lisbon and sampled their scrumptiously delicious Pasteis de Belem, a puff pastry pie shell filled with a creamy vanilla custard. We saw the ornately adorned monastery and the famous (?) Tour de Belem. Best of all, the terrain was pancake flat.

    In her current condition, there's no way she can get back on her bike. Alas, we decided that we would take an extra couple of days here in Lisbon then bus down to Malaga, in the south of Spain for two weeks. Betty, Gordo, Zenna and Anna will join us in Seville on November 11 for a four day visit before we embark on our cruise to Brazil on the 15th. We'll spend a month in Brazil, primarily in Salvador and Rio before flying home to Ottawa on Christmas morning.

    As much as we wanted to continue our journey as originally planned, Brenda's health is way more important than stubbornly pursuing it. On the plus side, it'll be nice to spend Xmas with family, but I'm not looking forward to the cold. We plan to stay in Ottawa for about a month and then fly out to Vancouver for several months. That way, we'll at least miss the worst winter months in Ottawa.

    So, with only 188 kms logged on our bikes, our cycling trip is interrupted, but will certainly be taken up again at some time in the future.
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  • Day4

    Mit 1001 Nerven weniger nach Lissabon

    October 31, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Also ich hab ja schon einiges an Verkehrschaos erlebt und ein paar Mietwagen auf dieser Welt bewegt, aber rein verkehrstechnisch ist Lissabon schon jetzt eine Katastrophe. 3spurige Kreisverkehre ohne Ende, Stau bis der Arzt kommt, jeder drängelt und keiner mag auch nur einen Millimeter nachgeben, Reißverschlussverfahren gänzlich unbekannt, aber im Hupen sind sie Weltmeister👍🏼 Morgen ist hier Feiertag und anscheinend ist jeder unterwegs, Autoscooter lässt quasi grüßen. Aber naja, Dsnk kompetenter Kopilotin und Navigatorin haben wir unser Ziel und Hotel mitten in der City ohne Blechschaden erreicht👍🏼
    Den Wagen lassen wir die nächsten Tage definitiv stehen, auf Parkplatzsuche in den Gassen haben wir 0,000 Lust.
    Dafür waren wir gut und günstig im typischen Lokal „an der Ecke“ essen... nicht besonders chic, aber dafür lecker und gut👍🏼
    Den Abendspaziergang zur ersten Erkundung gab‘s natürlich auch noch, morgen aber wird dann richtig geguckt und gelatscht👍🏼
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  • Day6

    Assembleia de Republica lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    also called the Palacio de Sao Bento. Massive neoclassical building is the seat of Portuguese parliament.

    Started in the 1500's as a Benedictine Monastery of Sao Bento. after the dissolution of the religious orders in 1834 the building became the seat of Parliament known as the Palacio das Cortes.

    The guards outside actually changed position while we were there.

    Great view from the top, and barricades set up at the foot of the stairs, probably to prevent anyone trying to rush the doors.

    I like the huge light in the doorway.
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  • Day6

    calcada da estrela - lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Wandering up from the government building up to this Basilica Da Estrela.

    Beautiful Jacarda trees contrast with the blue building.

    I like there drainage ditches, nicely tiled.

    a hard ware store......nothing like our local canadian tires, just a small petite store.

    the basilica was next to a turnaround for the trams.

    Basil plants: this from a website. they are part of the festival as St Anthony is the matchmaker saint. and males are suppose to give these to their female partners.....

    "Starting June 12, Lisbon honors the city’s patron saint with a 3-day festival. The 12th is the feast day of St. Anthony, who is also known as the matchmaker saint.

    Lisbon’s festival begins with a feast of sardines, a tradition that dates back to 13th century Italy. When locals didn’t care to listen to St. Anthony’s sermons, he took to the sea and delivered them to the fish.

    The festival is also a time to celebrate love and marriage prospects. Single women stand small statues of St. Anthony upside down, awaiting the day that he delivers a viable husband (which is when the statue will be placed upright). Men partake by delivering basil plants to loved ones with poems attached. Throughout the city, balconies can be seen with basil–and pot plants, with affectionate messages to St. Anthony or the recipient."
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  • Day6

    Basilica de Estrela lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Basilica De Estrela - Maria I daughter of Jose I vowed she would build a church if she bore a male son. She did so she built this church in 1779, unfortunately her son died of small pox just before it was completed. 1790.

    The huge domed basilica set on a hill in the west of the city is a landmark in Lisbon. The church was built by architects from the Mafra schooling Late Baroque and Neoclassical style.

    the facade is flanked by twin bell towers and decorated with an array of statues of saints and allegorical figures.

    the spacious interior (no photos inside) where light streams down from the pierced dome is clad in grey, pink and yellow marble.

    The elaborate empire style tomb of Queen Maria 1 lies in the right transept. Locked in a room nearby is Machado de Castros extraordinary Nativity scene, composed of over 500 cork and terracotta figures (we skipped this it was 2 euoros)

    There is a tomb of Maria inside the Basilica. She died at age 81 in Brazil, during the napoleanic wars when the royal family had fled to Brazil. They brought her body back to bury her in her basilica.

    -the piedmont has one of those symbols that appears on the american money.
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  • Day6

    Basilica da Estrela -lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    we climbed up to the top of the basilica 2 euros each.

    232 stairs up, circular staircase like those in scotland's castles.

    there was a nice little courtyard garden at the bottom of the stair case.

    the cross on top of the piedmont is Iron as are the weather vanes.

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