Tag Archives: Portugal

What we chose to do in Lisbon

The lists of the best things to do in Lisbon stretch on and on and on. We couldn’t do everything, and actually we could do very little since we had decided to limit our Lisbon outings to a total of … Continue reading

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The beach quiets down

We’ve been in Cascais for a month, and every day we walk a short block to the beach to observe the busy life of a beach resort. Cascais has been full to overflowing with tourists from Portugal and all over … Continue reading

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Something we could all use

So many things in life can bring us down. One thing we have found that adds a touch of sheer joy is turning a corner and discovering a grand work of art. Cascais is a beach resort town on the … Continue reading

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Camera exercise – stretch your skills

Sometimes when we are lucky, we visit a place where it seems almost impossible to take a bad photo: dawn in the Florida Keys, the red rocks in Utah’s national parks, the canals in Venice. Most of the time though, … Continue reading

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No amount of planning could have prepared us for this day

Oh, how we wanted to visit Sintra! Who wouldn’t with the many historical sites that included a palace that looked like it was the set for a Disney movie. We wanted to get the most from our visit so we … Continue reading

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Sintra: were our expectations too high?

Sometimes a sightseeing trip falls way below our expectations. We’re glad to say that it rarely happens, but our much-anticipated trip to Sintra took a turn for the worse soon after it started. We’ll tell the tale of our bad-to-great … Continue reading

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A favorite country. A different place.

We had a lovely time in Madeira and loved Porto. Should we go back to Portugal? YES! This time we’d go somewhere new, but where? We ticked off what we should look for: a smallish city, a beautiful place with … Continue reading

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The question is “Barcelona or Porto?” And the answer is…

A friend asked us “Barcelona, Spain or Porto, Portugal?” and it’s a close call. Both cities rank high on our list of best places we’ve stayed. So, how to decide, if it’s an either-or choice? Our previous post, “Choosing where … Continue reading

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Recycle. Decorate. Have a little fun.

Porto, Portugal pulled out all the stops with public art. We knew that our walks in Porto would take us past sculpture, painted murals, and tiled buildings. All the old telephone booths in the heart of the city were spectacularly … Continue reading

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A look back

We traveled half-way around the world in 2013.  We celebrated New Years Day 2014 in Cambodia and continued on to Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Tanzania, Istanbul, Rome, Madeira, Porto, Netherlands, Morocco, and Barcelona. At the end of October we boarded a … Continue reading

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