Hotel Alif Avenidas
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Now, as you know, I am not one to complain, but one of the selling points when choosing this cruise (and there weren't that many) was that we would be away for Halloween. Seeing that most of the passengers are near death, and some beyond it, I was doubly sure that this hateful and wretched American, over commercialised, pagan festival would be ignored on board. Boy was I wrong.
For here we are, 31st October and throughout this morning crew members crawled ...
Needless to say, I felt like s#@* when I was awoken by Michael getting up in the morning! As per usual, Michael went for his morning run - a rather boring one this time. He ran between the 3 terminals, as he couldn't get out of the airport perimeter, unless he ran on the road (a freeway!).
Breakfast downstairs was reasonably good, except for the fruit salad (it had started to ferment and go bitter!). (That was the only thing I ...
... front said something about agriculture....
We gave up, Belem (our intended destination) was in the distance and not a walkable one! A $10 taxi fare saved our legs, time, and tempers.
Belem castle was quite amazing. UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage monument - was built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor. We soaked up its magnificence from a riverside cafe while having a lemonade (also giving us access to a decent toilet). ...
... We told her about our flood experience today and Amr showed her the photo of the cafe flooded, and when they were leaving she and friend and husband came back and wanted to see the photo too!! They went to Sintra today and said it was terrible in the rain.....we were glad we made the right decision, and will try tomorrow if it looks good. A wonderful night, and fabulous food and ...
... of new people too including another NZ guy from Christchurch hahahaha! I also made friends with a German couple who live in Munich, so we'll catch up with them when we are there for Oktoberfest. We finally got to bed after midnight once we stopped chatting to everyone haha and had a much needed sleep!Tomorrow we are off to Porto - the train takes about 3 hours so we opted to catch the 11.30am one so we arrive at a decent time. Should be good!
Andrea and ...