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  • FADO!!!Very early on in our planning process, when we first divvied up planning responsibilities among the four adults, K set about booking us a "Fado experience" during our time in Portugal. For those who don't know -- and I Posted by NellieVA in Iberian Express | Jul 5, 2015
  • Jaime, Jaime, JaimeAside from our final day of departure, to return to the States, this was the only day of our trip when we had a firm, relatively early start time. As I've noted before, Jeff is a wine expert and Posted by NellieVA in Iberian Express | Jul 6, 2015
  • Sardine, Anyone?It seems as though we had just left the restaurant for dinner when we gathered this morning for breakfast. The excellent self-service spread help erase our memories of the previous night's slow-paced meal. This was to be our day involving Posted by NellieVA in Iberian Express | Jul 7, 2015
  • Farewells and Hello'sOur huge rooms had heavy shutters and drapes over each window, so when I did wake up, I had no idea of the time, or even if we were late. We had acquiesced earlier that we would essentially lose Posted by NellieVA in Iberian Express | Jul 8, 2015
  • ReunionsThe flight from London to Lisbon took almost three hours. The plane was full, so K and I were not able to get seats next to each other. Sitting at the window in the row behind K, I Posted by NellieVA in Iberian Express | Jul 2, 2015
  • Star-Spangled FourthOur hotel suite comprised the corner of the top (6th) floor of the hotel, and had a wraparound balcony and least six windows. We shut the automatic rolldown shades on all the windows which, when coupled with the height, Posted by NellieVA in Iberian Express | Jul 3, 2015
  • More Madeira, M'Dear-a(it's a song title...much like the Christmas tune "Baby It's Cold Outside," "More Madeira M'Dear-a" attempts to make the act of plying your date with too much alcohol thereby creating a plausible date rape scenario appear somehow cute and romantic. Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Mar 5, 2016
  • De-Porting OurselvesToday is our last glorious day in Portugal. Damn I am going to miss this place. It was another sunny springlike day, and we were up early with the intention of beating the cruise ship interlopers to the hilltop town of Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Mar 7, 2016
  • Jonesie Wall-BangerWe were up early this morning to orchestrate a very calculated train and bus schedule today. We had a quick breakfast in our hostel (once again forcing me to contemplate the mystery of why Cocoa Puffs actually taste good on Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 27, 2016
  • The 20th Anniversary, or Jonestown-ChinatownToday is our 20th wedding anniversary. Seriously, that is too bizarre to even attempt to comprehend...not just the passage of twenty years, but the fact we're GETTING OLD and that is somehow OK...and that our world has changed a lifetime Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 29, 2016
  • Im-Port-ant ResearchWe woke up to a sunny day with clear blue skies!! Porto is lovely in the sunshine!! We had a late breakfast at a very 1940s-era "confiteria palace," which is a classic Portuguese bakery complete with vaulted ceilings, mirrored walls, Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Mar 2, 2016
  • Port-holesI think on the level of fantastic insults, "Port-hole" could be my new favorite. We left our Barbie Townhouse in Coimbra after a late breakfast and (of course) caught another public bus northward to Porto, Portugal's famous boozy city. I've been Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Mar 1, 2016
  • She Was a Day TripperFor the last two days in Porto, we've taken side trips to nearby towns. Here's the great thing about day trips: You can base yourself at a central guesthouse, see cool stuff, and be home in time for a nap Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Mar 4, 2016
  • Faro and AwayWe arrived in Portugal yesterday afternoon, in the southern Algarve city of Faro, on the Atlantic Ocean. We have two glorious, port-drenched weeks in Portugal, so we shall now commence with the 20th wedding anniversary celebrations!! Faro is about as far Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 23, 2016
  • Lisbonia (not Elbonia)(The title is a Dilbert reference. You're welcome, Angie.) We left Evora yesterday morning after breakfast, and made the two-hour drive west to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Many Brits I know rave about how gorgeous this drive is.To us, it Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 24, 2016
  • Oh Little Town of BelemToday we headed to Belem, a neighborhood about five miles outside the Lisbon center. This neighborhood is famous for two things: a pastry known as "pastel de nata," and having the two finest examples of Manueline architecture in Portugal. What Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 25, 2016
  • My Castle In a CloudToday we departed Lisbon and hopped a train 45 minutes west to Sintra, a town described as "right out of a fairy tale." Back in the day (the day being the 15th century), the kings of Portugal built summer homes Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 26, 2016
  • Leaping Around the MonasteriesHappy Leap Year! It's Anniversary Eve! So after spending considerable time last night deciphering Portugal's local bus schedules, we headed out this morning for a day trip to see two of the region's three biggest draws- the UNESCO World Heritage sites Posted by traveljonez in Portugal-palooza | Feb 28, 2016
  • Exploring the sand tracksToday we decided to explore the region South of Vila Nova so we climbed onto our trusty bikes, crossed the river and turned off onto a dirt road that was destined to head for the town of Cabo Sardao which Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 15, 2016
  • More sand track cyclingHaving explored South we decided to explore North. No main roads for us though, so we once more set off on a dirt track which very quickly deteriorated into a sand track that was pretty much ride a bit, fall Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 16, 2016
  • Sand cycling in SagresWe woke to another blazing hot day and set off on our bikes to explore the Sagres region. First we went to check out an old fort before setting off on a round trip via the town of Villa de Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 19, 2016
  • Lagos in Portugal???We set off from Sagres to go and inspect the city of Lagos. Lagos is apparently the center of early trade and is a very old city. After finding a parking we set off on our trusty steeds to explore Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 20, 2016
  • Cycling stressHaving discovered that the only decent beaches in the region were essentially situated on the sand islands off Faro, we decided to cycle into Faro before crossing via a bridge onto the island. The weather once more was scorching hot Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 21, 2016
  • Stress on the roadFrom Ericiera we headed into Lisbon and in the process got lost. On the way down we needed to pay tolls. Corinne was driving and when we got to the toll discovered: 1. We didn't have enough cash. 2. the Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 8, 2016
  • Exploring LisbonAfter a long night that was filled with the noise of party animals, we got on our bikes and set off for the nearby docks to catch a ferry to Lisbon City. The only access to the North from the Posted by Pelican travels in The land of Pork and Cheese | Jul 9, 2016
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