Category Archives: Portugal

2016 – Another Year Gets Wrapped Up!

December 2016 ~ At home in Southern California Whew, I feel like I am sliding into home plate after a ninth inning Grand Slam. Our year was once again filled to the brim with exciting travel and memorable moments. We managed … Continue reading

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One of our worst travel days EVER

May 24th ~ Getting from Lisbon Portugal to Santiago de Compostela (Santiago) Spain Our Gate 1 tour had come to an end and we still had 10 days left in Europe before our scheduled flight home on June 2nd from … Continue reading

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Portugal ~ The Queen That Was Crowned After Death

May 23rd ~ A Visit to Medieval Villages Outside of Lisbon, Portugal This was an optional full day excursion to explore the countryside around Lisbon. The theme seemed to be medieval towns with cobblestoned streets and whitewashed buildings. Once again it … Continue reading

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Portugal ~ Lisbon and Sintra

May 22nd – Lisbon and Sintra, Spain Today’s tour of Lisbon highlighted the variety of heritage and styles that makes this one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Starting with a walk through the cobbled alleys of Alfama, the seaman’s quarter and  a … Continue reading

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Portugal – Evora City Tour, Kissing Stones, and a Lot of Bones

May 21st – Evora, Portugal This morning we appreciated a guided tour of Evora, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. I got a kick out of our guide calling the cross walks zebras… The black and white stones are so common in the … Continue reading

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Portugal ~ A Photographers Worst Nightmare, Convent of Christ, Castelo de Vide and Wildflowers

May 20th – Convent of Christ and Castelo de Vide, Portugal We started the day in Tomar with a visit to the hilltop Convent of Christ with its famous Manueline window. The convent was founded by the Knights Templar in 1118. Following the dissolution of … Continue reading

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Portugal ~ Coimbra and Surprising Fatima

May 19th – Coimbra and Fatima, Portugal Convento de Santa Cruz do Buçaco is a former Carmelite monastery in the Mata Nacional do Buçaco (Buçaco forest). Built in 1628, it was closed in 1834 at the end of the Portuguese Civil War when all … Continue reading

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Stairway to Heaven

May 18th ~ Medieval Portugal Tour Editors note: In “Real Time” I am now recovered from my cold and a week has passed by in the blink of an eye. I simply needed to conserve my energy, go to bed early, enjoy … Continue reading

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Under the weather, so just a brief Porto city tour

May 17th – Porto, Portugal Today’s post is short. I have fallen victim to a cold. Tim has made several trips out to local pharmacies to get something to dry up my runny nose and watery eyes. I’m not completely miserable, … Continue reading

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Start of Gate 1 Portugal Trip in Porto

Mon, 16 May 2016 ~ Porto, Portugal We have enjoyed four days of R&R in a small apartment that we rented through Airbnb. This allowed us a chance to get caught up on some rest, sort through hundreds of photos, … Continue reading

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