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Dec 8, 2019 - Day two - LisbonThe Portuguese

Not sure why we persist in Anglicizing the name of a city - but here we are in Lisboa (pronounced Lish bo ah) calling it Lisbon. It was about 40 minutes to get to Lisboa and surprisingly good infrastructure with lots of traffic moving smoothly the absolute contradiction to the beautiful but treacherous cobblestone streets! We turn onto Avenida da Liberdade, constructed after the massive 9.0 earthquake destroyed much of Lisboa in 1750. The avenue is meant to be the Portuguese answer to the Champs-Élysées. A stroll down the Ave, with modern...

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Dec 7, 2019 - First day-Cascais, Portugal

First day, long walk to old town Cascais (pronounced Kash-Ki-sssh), lovely port city. The Citadel has been reimagined as an art center with some galleries and art installations throughout. The cobblestone streets are treacherous and slowed my roll a bit - but when I was able to look up it was beautiful. I stopped for lunch at a nice little bakery, established in 1906 (old recipes...). It is hard not to taste everything,

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Oct 1, 2019 - What has 8 legs and rides on a train?

We had a slow start for our last day in Lisbon. C had a broken night due to eating too much, so she had a sleep in. It was decided to save the cereal and yoghurt for tomorrow’s breakfast, so we went down to the Giant Croissant for breakfast. Scrambled eggs on toast, juice and coffee. Then we were set for the day. We saw the street washers at work. The streets are washed every morning to clean away the residue from the previous nights bar life! We rode the Bica funicular tram down the hill, and then walked through the market to the railway...

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Sep 30, 2019 - Not much legume

Today was our Sintra day. A 40 minute train ride into the hills north west of Lisbon. We woke early to be sure we wouldn’t miss an early train ( or a seat!). Without much panic, and also doing a load of washing, we were out the door at about 8 am. We walked across to Rossio station, and there was a train waiting. The security man said “yes, it is going to Sintra”. C asked a couple standing nearby, and they said ( with Irish accents, “no”). J and C chatted with the couple and in a few minutes a train arrived, and this was the one. We got on...

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Sep 29, 2019 - Ducks and Spiders

We had a relaxed start today - leaving about 11 from the apartment and walking through the Bairro Alto backstreets and down to the Metro. We quickly mastered the system - each line is a colour ( and you can work them out even if you don’t know Portuguese). On the train, they show the next stop, and if it connects to another coloured line. The only problem for J and C are the steps - lots of them. Sometimes there are escalators, and sometimes they aren’t working. We went via the green and red lines to the Oriente station - this is where the...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Ask an optometrist, not a Policeman

Up at 7:30 today - things to do! First breakfast in our apartment - so we had some of the cereal purchased on arrival. It was all we could find, and J reckoned it was baby food. We opened the packet - sure enough it was powdered cereal. Definitely baby food. Anyway, with Greek yoghurt, a banana, and some milk it was quite edible. Later, after talking to our guide, we were advised that was the way they eat it here. maybe they don’t have good teeth J thought to himself. First item was to find the tourist office, and get some maps and other...

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Sep 27, 2019 - Portuguese tarts

First day in Lisbon. It was cooler and comfortable last night with low humidity. We had heard voices from revellers and boozers in the street, but with double glazing there was no problem. When J woke at about 8, it was deathly quiet. Hardly anyone about, and a complete lack of that big city hum. We gradually got ourselves up, showered and dressed, then made our way down our street - Rue da Rosa - to the Calcado do Combro which is the main road through the district. The famous No.28 tram runs along here. We walked along, past the Funicular...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Lisbon

We arrived in Lisbon after a 3 hr flight. J didn’t think Air Malta was a budget carrier, but no food or refreshments unless you bought them! C spent the whole trip (off and on) talking to a Portuguese lady in the next seat. she didn’t speak English (C doesn’t speak Portuguese!) so a few French words helped. Arrived 10:15 pm local time - bus from plane to terminal. Transfer girl was waiting and she took us out and called up the mini van. Very nice friendly driver - spoke good English, and told us all about Lisbon and Portugal. About 20 mins...

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Sep 21, 2019 - Last day in Lisbon

Today we slept in and then Nancy and I had a shopping day while Jim went to Belem and saw the Carriage Museum and Monastery. It was a wet and rainy day so we decided to take the bus and Metro. Amazingly enough we did not get lost! We went to the lovely Principe Real which is a high end shopping centre built in a refurbished Castle. Later we toured Pink Street - the old Red Light District which now serves as the nightclub district. Then met Jim at the Time Out Market- a new trendy market where you can try gourmet food from some of the top...

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Sep 20, 2019 - Sintra

Today we took a private tour to the lovely little community of Sintra. Juan (our guide) picked us up in the morning and drove us up the steep and winding road to Pena Palace. A quirky, eclectic castle built by German born Prince Ferninand, it mixes elements of German and Portugese style. Unfortunately the crowds were so bad, we did not want to wait to tour the inside, so only saw the exterior of the castle. Instead we went into the town of Cintra and toured the National Palace where the cruise ship crowds had not yet landed. Afterwards we...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Day 2 in Lisbon

Day 2 Nancy, Jim and I explored the city on foot today using Rick Steves guide as our compass. We did 15000 steps according to Nancys step counter :) - much of it up and down the cobblestone streets. Lisbon is similar to other European cities like Prague and has many hills similar to San Francisco. Streets are narrow- with streetcars, cars and pedestrians all sharing them. We tried out the Metro today and also used a few well placed street elevators.

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Sep 18, 2019 - Day 1 in Lisbon

Left Edmonton Tuesday afternoon (Sept 17) and then picked up Nancy in Toronto and headed to Lisbon on the 1130pm Air Portugal flight. Arrived here around noon today (Sept 18). The overnight flight was fine but we are all dragging our butts now. Our AirBnB apartment is lovely, spacious and very central and our host was very helpful in orienting us to the neighbourhood. We strolled around, picked up some groceries and found the local restaurant recommended by our host. A good first day but we will be in bed early tonight.

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