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  • Day4

    Unser Auto für heute - Mercedes A-Klasse

    October 3, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Für den heutigen Tag hatten wir uns Online bei Sixt einen Mietwagen gebucht und einiges vor. Um 09:00 Uhr durften wir den Wagen abholen. Um Parkgebühren zu vermeiden, mussten wir ihn heute Abend um 19:30 Uhr wieder abgeben. Ingesamt haben wir dafür knapp 70€ bezahlt. Um 7 hieß es Aufstehen, schnell frühstücken und los. Der Hauptgrund dafür war, dass die Autovermietung gut 45 Minuten weg von unserer Wohnung ist. Somit ging es dann früh morgens entlang der Avenida da Liberdade in Richtung Autovermietung. Die Straße ist nicht nur wunderschön bepflanzt, sondern ist auch mit den wunderschönen Gebäuden und Luxus Boutiquen ein Hingucker. Zeit hatten wir aber nicht sonderlich und das Geld für Louis Vuitton und Prada sowieso nicht. Bei Sixt angekommen haben wir schnell den Schlüssel bekommen und somit konnten wir zeitnah aufbrechen. Unseres erstes Ziel, Ponte und Christo Rei.Read more

  • Day22

    Postcard from Portugal - Pt 1

    October 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    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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  • Day3

    Breakfast, gym, and a long walk

    April 22, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Lisbon sits on many hills, so there are lots of “miradouros” (scenic look-out plazas is my awkward translation). We decided to head for two located on hills near the castle— these are not the most popular but the views are great—Nossa Senhora da Monte and Graca. Lunch in a little pastelaria where we sat outside in old Lisbon and had a homemade lunch for 9 € for the two of us!

    Back to the hotel for a total of 19,752 steps according to my phone. While Joe rested, I went on my first oil-scouting expedition. Making good headway!

    Tomorrow it’s down to work for two days. Then Thursday is The national holiday commemorating the Carnation Revolution-saying goodbye to fascism without firing a shot.
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    Lee Tolman

    You are one busy woman! San Juan with buddies and now back to Lisbon. On my way home now via Vigo and blabla car to Madrid as all the trains and buses to Madrid are completo. The Primitivo is my all time favorite. Write more when home. Un abrazo fuerte amiga

  • Day14

    Last day in Lisbon

    May 3, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Normal routine the last couple of days, different today in that instead of a post-gym café-and-plaza seeking expedition, it was a trip to the laundromat. Two loads to wash and dry was over 20 €, but five years ago these modern inventions were unknown in Portugal. So I am not complaining!!

    Tomorrow we leave on an early morning flight to Pico Island, where the weather forecast is for six days of rain. We’ve seen these kinds of forecasts in the Azores before, and I think/hope we’ll get some sun every now and then. Fingers crossed, goodbye Lisbon. We will be back on May 14 and leave for the US the next day.

    I’ve already reserved a reservation for our last night at a highly touted restaurant near our hotel where we have repeatedly failed to get reservations even a day or two in advance. Bistro4, here we come.
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    Tina Colombo

    It’s been raining constantly here, so you may as well stay where you’re at! 😉

  • Day4


    October 9, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Als wir nach Lissabon reingefahren sind waren wir zunächst baff von der Größe. Merkwürdig das hier grade mal eine halbe Million Menschen wohnen sollen, die Stadt wir einfach nur sehr groß und weitläufig. Die Hängebrücke Ponte 25 de Abril und die Jesus die einen an das Vorbild in Rio de Janeiro erinnert prägen die Skyline. Die Innenstadt/ Altstadt selbst ist grandios und lädt zum verweilen und erkunden ein.Read more

  • Day3

    Touris sind wohl auch hier ...

    October 17, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Aussichtsplattformen sind für die Aussicht da!

    Das haben sich viele überlegt und erstmal einen Zaun angeschaut, auch schön.
    Ui, ne Tür in Grün!

    Wir nehmen uns ein Bock auf die Hand und blockieren ne Bank, werden fotografiert und machen das was wir am besten können:

    „Nichts zu tun und leicht einen sitzen!“
    (sowohl im Kopf als auf der Bank - versteht sich!)

    Prost auf uns!
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  • Day10

    Grande Guerra (1914 - 1918)

    July 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Full title is: Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra (Monument to the Dead of the Great War)

    A monument erected in memory of those killed in World War I, and also the glorification of the living combatants, inaugurated in the early 1930's. The inscription carved on the stone: 'At the service of the Motherland, the effort of the grey.'

    The figure of the Fatherland appears to crown the Soldier, a laurel wreath. The two large figures to the sides, in stone, represent two men bent under the weight of the upper part of the monument, who strive to keep the country upright, the reason for the monument.

    Stopped for a Sagres and a ‘Pastieis de Nata’ at the Ribadouro where they, allegedly, serve the best Tiger Prawns in Lisboa!
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  • Day10

    Monumento aos Restauradores

    July 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The Monument to the Restorers (Monumento aos Restauradores) is a monument located in Restauradores Square in Lisbon, Portugal.

    The monument memorializes the victory of the Portuguese Restoration War. The war, which saw the end of the House of Habsburg and the rise of the House of Braganza, lasted from 1640 to 1668.

    The monument was designed by António Tomás da Fonseca and erected in 1886.
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  • Day4

    Payback time -- time to teach

    April 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    First day of Introduction to US Property Law. 38 students, a mix of Portuguese, other Europeans, and a group from Macao (former colony, which is still governed by the19th century Portuguese Civil Code). I always enjoy teaching here because the students are undergrads unlike US law students—which makes them less jaded and more “innocent.”

    Though a cab to the school from our hotel would be under 10 € and take 1/3 the time, I just can’t bring myself to abandon the lovely Lisbon metro. It’s a great sociological observation— so many different people, all going somewhere.

    After a few torrential downpours, all of which I missed while in class, the sun came out in late afternoon, and we took a walk through another favorite part of downtown.

    Last night we had a traditional Portuguese meal ( not fish— no Lisboeta eats fish on Monday because fish markets are closed on Saturday and Sunday, so it can’t be fresh). Tonight we went for Indian—Tamarind Restaurant near our hotel — Excellent!!
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São Mamede, Sao Mamede, Сан-Мамеде