São Sebastião da Pedreira

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  • Day29

    Spy Tour

    October 2, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We met our tour guide, Ines, at 6pm at the Marques De Pombal. Ines is a passionate school teacher who really enjoys telling the story of the triple agent Duško Popov, who worked for the British, the Germans and the Serbians during World War 2, and who was supposedly the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character. Portugal was neutral during WW2, and the British, Americans and Germans could all live there. Ian Fleming spent time there, working as a British spy, apparently with the code name “Goldeneye”.

    As we strolled down Avenida da Liberdade - the poshest shopping street in Lisbon, which leads off Marquês de Pombal - Ines told us the story and pointed out the hotels used by the spies, the close proximity of the British, German and American embassies, and the secret exits into the main train station from a particular hotel. She also filled us in on the real spy’s back story and activities.

    Dušan "Duško" Popov, OBE, was a Yugoslavian / Serbian triple agent who served as part of the MI6, and Abwehr (German intelligence) during World War II, and passed off disinformation to Germany as part of the Double-Cross System. He was also working as an agent for the government of Serbian King Karađorđević in London.

    Popov was born into a wealthy family, and was a practicing lawyer at the start of the war. He held a great aversion to Nazism and, in 1940, infiltrated the Abwehr, Germany's military intelligence service, which considered him a valuable asset due to his business connections in France and the United Kingdom. Popov provided the Germans with misleading and inaccurate information for much of the war.

    Deceptions in which he participated included Operation Fortitude, which sought to convince German military planners that the Allied invasion of Europe would take place in Calais, not Normandy, thereby diverting hundreds of thousands of German troops, and increasing the likelihood that Operation Overlord would succeed. He also claimed to have informed the FBI of the impending Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, but was ignored.

    Popov was known for his promiscuous lifestyle, and courted women during his missions, including the French actress Simone Simon. He liked to gamble, and spent a fair bit of time at the casino in Cascais, located just out of Lisbon, and this was the inspiration for Casino Royale. Apart from MI6 and the Abwehr, he also reported to the Yugoslav intelligence service, which assigned him the codename Duško. His German handlers referred to him by the codename Ivan. He was codenamed Tricycle by the British MI5, apparently (Wikipedia) because he was the head of a group of three double agents. (Although Ines told us it was because he always had a woman on each arm).

    We also heard from Ines about how the Jews were treated during the war in Lisbon. As Lisbon had remained neutral it was a safe haven for many during WW2, but they were confined to certain areas of the city - mainly the area we walked through - and were not allowed to work.

    One other interesting thing that Ines pointed out was an old cinema, which is currently being restored. During WW2, this was where many Hollywood movies had their European premiere, and so many American actors and actresses visited the city during this time. Apparently “Gone With the Wind” premiered there.
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  • Day1

    Flight out

    February 9, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Flying with Ryanair
    Always leads to some issues
    Bags to big,
    Bags to small
    All relived with bags of cash.

    We read the small print
    And were clear what to bring.

    Once on broad
    Stupid women with scowling face
    Sit down beside me
    I had to contain my annoyance
    At her behaviour
    I was poilte and nice
    And told her what she believed was
    Dumb as f**k.

    We arrived
    Taxi trip later

    Art hotel was just my speed
    vintage phone in repection
    And bamboo seats

    Need food
    But not this food
    Salad minus the meat, fish and creamy sauce.
    Meant few salad leaves with fruit on top
    To tired to go anywhere else
    I drank the free wine
    And eat mains and dessert in one mouthful.

    To bed
    Feeling not quite
    So right.
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  • Day1

    Day 1 in Lisbon

    February 15, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    So our first day in Lisbon started off very early from London. 3am! Got a little list trying to find the long stay carpark at Heathrow but we got there eventually.
    Arrived in Lisbon after 10am and took an Uber to the Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon. Nice hotel but very old school and chintzy.
    Had lunch in their Japanese restaurant - fresh sushi made right in front of you. They were accomodating for Serena and made some cucumber and carrot Maki rolls for her.
    Then we had a 2 hour tour of Lisbon in a tuktuk which was great. The guide also stopped for me to pop in and get some Portuguese tarts which were divine.
    I came back and slept for an hour but Michael and Serena popped over to the swimming across the street as the hotel one was closed.
    In evening we went for dinner at the Time Out Market which has around 25 food and drink stalls to choose from. Definitely recommend it. Good value for money. Bit tourist but it's expected in a place like this.
    Early to bed tonight and then tomorrow we're off to the botanical garden as the weather looks nice.
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  • Day1

    Urban Garden Hostel

    August 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Megérkeztünk, fél óra busz a reptérről és már meg is van a szállás. Kívülről kicsit merész volt elsőre, de belül nagyon jó :) ráadásul a recepción egy magyar csaj volt, szóval még egyszerűbb volt a becsekkolás.
    Körbe mutatták utána, lepakoltunk, és irány lassan az éjszakai Lisszabon :)

    A szállás két estére 60 eur, kártyával lehet fizetni, meg van 10 eur deposit a beléptető kártyára, az készpénzes, de vissza, adják.
    A sör (Cristal) 2 eur, de 19-21 óra között happy hour van és, csak 1.5 eur :D megkóstoltuk, jófajta 👍
    Akik itt laknak első látásra szimpatikusak, sok hátizsákos turista mindenfelől. Bár az első hostel az életünkben, de egyelőre egyáltalán nem kényelmetlen, sőt, tök hangulatos az egész :)
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  • Day50

    Portugal / Lisbon

    September 5, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    04th September 2017
    This morning we left Oporto by train and arrived in Lisbon at about 2pm.
    Very different to the other places we have been to. This is like a big cosmopolitan city. Not sure I like Lisbon.
    So many people....mainly tourists. And traffic everywhere. We stayed at Turim Hotel. Very nice. On the main street leading into the heart of the city. Had enough of walking on cobblestones.
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São Sebastião da Pedreira, Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, Сан-Себаштиан-да-Педрейра