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... corner and zig-zagging streets.
While here, we were also able to meet up with another good friend from high school, Miguel, who is from Madrid and was a foreign exchange student while in high school. We all picked up our conversations without missing a beat from several years ago (too many to keep track of…where does the time go!). It was definitely good to be able to get to experience this city with good friends, however as I mentioned to them, ...
... gone into building the palace is fascinating.
The gardens are absolutely beautiful and there are even springs and little fountains where all the water comes directly from the mountains using gravity – not pipes (I got a little confused by the explanation of all that, but it was really interesting).
This filled in most of our morning and we said goodbye to four of our tour group here before we set about heading back to Madrid.
Visas didn't really go smoothly. Last night I was told to come back today, today I was told to make a reservation (in bad English) and the number doesn't work. We did the walking tour at 1. Good knowing some history again although I might forget it. Then we (inc. Clinton and Alex) had a huge degastation at the eatery market. Tapas, pintos, I had a red vermouth and a seated beer ...
... was actually just bumper cars.
Our next stop was Porto, still in Lisbon, and on the way we stopped at the small town of Sintra, which is just outside Lisbon. It’s a pretty town with brightly-coloured buildings, and quite a few palaces and castles to go and see. Our tour leader told us it was about a half hour walk up to the main palace, so a few of us decided to hike it rather than catch a bus or taxi. However, the walk took well over an hour, and it was uphill and ...
... looking for, at the San Miguel Market a couple of blocks southwest of the Plaza Mayor, a pedestrian-only civic center. It was everything I hoped it could be…hands-down the best ham I’ve ever had, paper-thin slivers of perfect pork…Hambrosia, the Ham of the Gods.
Of course, I perused other plates, dishes like Paella and Ceviche, even other meats like Spanish Chorizo, and Jamon Serrano, but nothing could compete with ...
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