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Travel Blogs from Madalena
... for India. This was in a day and age when no one had even bumped into South America yet, let alone Australia or little New Zealand tucked in behind! This was pretty brave pioneering stuff! Not only did you not know what was out there, you didn't know the currents or prevailing winds and if you managed to find land and dock safely, who is to say you are not going to get beaten up by the locals. You'd want some danger money built into the bonus payment.
We arrive. 18 Rua de Mouros and Carla and Ricardo show us the place, a self-catering flat. It was Carlas's home before she married Ricardo. They are a sweet couple. We have learnt the questions and they were enthusiastic advocates for the city. We are excited. Carla has a huge collection of tourist info and they were keen for us to see many things. That word, enthusiasm, full of divine energy, it was in play here.
As we walked into the Barrio there was ...
After going just about non-stop for the past 6 days we decided to take it easy today. We actually decided to go out and walk the streets to find little out of the way shops and spots. To our surprise we actually found our beautiful lookout point that was only about 5 minutes from our apartment! We then headed up to the castle where we found some beautiful little shops and streets! We leisurely strolled around the area popping in and out of shops for most ...
... reading this rambling bit of randomnity, you may be thinking "why, exactly, is Portugal the coolest country ever?" After re-reading this myself, I realized I never specified. Sure, these adventures were hilarious/awesome/scenic/fun, but why were they better than anything I could find in Madrid (or even, god forbid, the hellhole that is South Central Los Angeles)?
Let me just tell ya.
Why Lisbon and Sintra Literally Rocked My World:
... tram, depicted in a lot of Lisbon souvenirs. The tourist blurb describes the scene: the ride from Campo Ourique to Martim Moniz is 45 minutes of astonishing views, jolting madness and absurdly steep climbs. All is true! We got off at the Jardim da Estrela, a lovely park, where we happened to find an excellent coffee shop in a beautiful tranquil setting next to the duck pond. Across the road was ...
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Rua Conselheiro Terra Pinheiro 3, Madalena | 3 star hotelfrom $72