Portugal
São Sebastião da Pedreira

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40 travelers at this place:

  • Day1

    Flight out

    February 9 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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  • 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.Read more

  • Day52

    Portugal/ Lisbon

    September 7, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    More photos of Lisbon. Walking up to the top of the hill you come across all the back street with run down buildings and graffiti. Some houses have lovely tiles attached to their homes. Saves painting the outside as sea air quickly deteriorates the outside of the buildings.. even ruin sites get graffitied.Read more

  • Day52

    Portugal / Lisbon

    September 7, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    More photos of Lisbon. We must have a real thing going with Tuk Tuk as we rode another one to the top of the highest hill to see this famous church. Not such a hair raising ride this time. They also have markets here every Tuesday and Thursday. Graham was like a pig in shit. He loves markets. Tuk Tuks everywhere up here as too narrow for tour buses.Read more

  • Day8

    Damp

    June 7, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    After much debate we decided that given the weather we would go and look at some art. The Gulbenkian seemed like a good choice, a good chronological stretch and some interesting stuff. Hmmmm
    We got off the metro and the Gulbenkian was discreetly hidden away but we found it thanks to Google maps. When we arrived it was 10e and no student discount. We were a bit miffed at the price, but it had such a good write up in Lonely Planet that we coughed up.
    Pah... It just didn't do it for us, no free range wandering, there was a set order. We were looking forward to the Mesopotamian pots we'd been promised. Nope, one panel and that was it. We hit the cafe as consolation, which also felt unsatisfactory in a nebulous fashion. After a restorative tea and scone we tried again but it didn't feel good. We grumped off to the metro and headed for the Mosterio at Belem. A busy tram and the rain was more serious but we arrived just in time for last entry and no queue unlike earlier in the week. It is an impressive space with some informative displays, especially the time line that layered work events, Portuguese history and the monastery history into a single display. Afterwards we emerged into the by now fairly persistent rain and headed to the tram stop. It was rammed. We had to stand all the way back to the centre and mostly there wasn't enough room to fall over, the crush of bodies held you upright even as the tram lurched.
    Finally we made it back, a quick sit down and we headed back around the corner to Taberna Baixa for dinner. Very good and Mandy came away with the little thimble that the cherry brandy was served in.
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  • Day18

    Lissabon Day 1

    July 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Der Tag beginnt mit einem atemberaubenden Ausblick auf Lissabon vom Memmo Principe Real und einem tollen Frühstück im Zenith. Ausreichend satt ist kein Ausdruck. Da wir alle ziemlich platt sind, beschließen wir eine schnöde Doppeldecker Bustour zu machen. Die erste Tour geht nach Belem, dann steigen wir am Plaça Comercio aus und gehen ein bisschen shoppen... Im Spirituosen Geschäft. Die 2. Fahrt durch das neue Lissabon Richtung Flughafen verläuft lustig\ entspannt bis tiefgründig. Vero genießt Musik und schöne Aussicht. Diyan und ich reden über den Sinn des Lebens und Lissabon zieht an uns vorbei. Danach waren wir wie schon im Oktober im Madame Piscad essen. Danach ging es ins Airbnb und wir standen vor der Herausforderung alles Flughafen konform zu packen.Read more

  • Day72

    Lisboa - Alfama District

    March 12, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The hotel we are staying at is a 15 minute downhill walk to the centre of historic Lisbon. Although I would have preferred staying in an apartment, they were more expensive than this 4* hotel that came with a full breakfast buffet. Metropolitan Lisbon has a population of nearly 3 million people, which is about 27% of the country’s population. The city centre is surprisingly easy to navigate and very compact. Around every corner is another treed plaza and monument. In 1755 the Great Lisbon earthquake occurred, equivalent to an 8.5-9 on today’s Richter scale. The city was almost totally destroyed by the quake and the subsequent fires and tsunami. We did a self-guided walking tour using Rick Steve’s travel book, exploring the Alfama District that suffered very little damage. Lisbon is extremely hilly but the guide book directed us to an elevator that took us partially up one very steep hill. There are park-like viewpoints at the top that overlook the city. Then we gradually weaved our way down very narrow streets and stairways back to the river front.

    After 14 consecutive days of rain we were very happy to have a beautiful, 17 degree, mostly sunny day. We ate lunch at a patio restaurant, sipped on wine, and watched all the people. It’s unfortunate that there are so many smokers in Portugal, mostly young people, that interfered with our enjoyment of the outdoor patio.
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  • Day80

    Steps and Hills

    March 20, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Each day we walked an average of 8 km, with much of it going up and down hills or stairs. There was so much to see everywhere we went as Porto was spared from the 1755 earthquake that caused major damage in Lisbon. We did our old persons version of a pub crawl, all within one block. First we stopped at the Wines of Portugal Tasting Room. For €3 you could try about 30 ml of 2 different wines. They use an automated system which seemed a bit impersonal. Next stop was the Port and Douro Wine Institute that had a small museum explaining the industry, followed by another automated tasting. I passed on this one but John tried 3 or 4 samples and found a new, expensive liquor to love. Our 3rd tasting was at Oliva & Company where we got to taste 5 different olive oils. The shopkeeper had a wealth of knowledge about olive oil which he was excited to share with us. He was very interesting and the oils were tasty.Read more

  • Day71

    Travel Day - Evora to Lisbon

    March 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    We stored our luggage at the hotel and went to explore the walled town, which was a 5 minute walk. The historic centre of Evora is a Unesco World Heritage site. It was a Roman town in the 2nd to 4th centuries and there are still some well preserved Roman ruins. It only took us an hour to do a self-guided walking tour of the town. The most bizarre thing we saw was the Church of St. Francis and the Chapel of Bones. The church itself was very ornate but the adjoining Chapel was eerie. Three monks decided to unearth bodies from Evora churchyards and cemented the bones and skulls to the walls of the Chapel. Evora was a wealthy town in the 16th century so the Franciscan monks thought this would provide a place to meditate about material things in the presence of death. I wondered if this macabre place really had an effect on the townsfolk shopping habits. The other thing that was odd was the professional photographer who stood at the entrance and offered to take your photo in the Chapel. I don’t know what she was charging but everyone but us was getting a souvenir photo taken.

    The weather today was very unusual. We started out with sunshine which quickly turned to heavy rain and strong winds. Ten minutes later there would be blue skies again. The clouds were just flying by and we could almost predict when the next downpour would happen. Eventually we just had continuous showers.

    John’s mood soured and he refused to walk another step on cobble stoned streets so we had to take a taxi to the train station less than a km away from the hotel. The train to Lisbon was an older train and not one of the high speed ones we were used to in Spain. In 1 1/2 hours we arrived in Lisbon. Just as I was about to step off the train onto the platform, the train started moving. I was the last one to get off and fortunately the conductor was nearby so I yelled at him to stop the train, avoiding disaster. After a bit of confusion we walked a short distance to find the Lisbon Metro station and when we surfaced we were relieved to see our hotel, the Turim Av Liberdade, across the street. The most difficulty we had was the several flights of steps in the Metro station. I heard a lot of foul words from the sourpuss bouncing his 46 pound luggage first down, then up the steps!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

São Sebastião da Pedreira, Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, Сан-Себаштиан-да-Педрейра

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