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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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Venice, Italy ~ Water Taxi, San Marco, Doge Palace, Gondolas and Cannoli

Saturday May 10th ~ Venice, Italy (Mother’s Day Weekend) Venice is made up of 118 small islands and linked by bridges and canals.  We had booked a hotel on Lido Island which is about a 10-15 minute ride via water … Continue reading

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