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... experience another large natural disaster. In 1755 40,000 people died from the earthquake and floods. We were told the reason all the buildings look similar and are symmetrical is due to the architects designing buildings with large blocks to make it quicker to rebuild their city. I love how the buildings are decorated in beautiful coloured patterned tiles. Unfortunately due to Toby and I are not having the same plans for today ...
... history of the lead up and execution of Operation Overload and the landings in France. Moving on from last years WWI history lessons, it was interesting and eye opening to learn more about WWII history. We took a tour to visit the major sites of Omaha beach, Point-de-Huc, Utah Beach, memorials and surrounding bunkers. Again the loss of life was devastating on both the Allied and German sides.
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... the Portuguese started tiling in in the 16th century. By the 18th century, no other European country was producing as many tiles, for such a variety of purposes and in so many designs. the blue and white tiles of the Baroque era are considered by many to be the finest of quality.
Just walking around the city you see so many houses that are tiled that you can not pass by with out stopping and admiring the designs.
... very foolishly on a palatable-looking stew that
turned out to consist mostly of lumps of tripe - yuck… I went to
meet Alana, Veronica and a friend they’d made at their hostel, and
we all went to the Bairre Alto for a few drinks. Since they hadn’t
eaten I happily joined them in a delicious tapas dinner, which helped
to make up for the poor excuse for a meal I’d had earlier. We
shared a few beers out on the street and and a yarn ...
... kids were having a lot of fun with the strong winds and their small boats. When our food was done we walked along the river until the Torre de Belem. It is a tower situated half in and half out of the water. We did not go in but I assume that it was used as a lookout some time ago. In Belem we also saw a giant monastery called Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. It was so big and beautiful that it looked like a Palace.
I should tell you that we were slightly confused ...