This is how the other half lives...

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
Trip End Jul 09, 2010

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Where I stayed
A very chic apartment in Campo d´Ourique

Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Sunday, June 20, 2010

After an uneventful flight, Baby Bear (BB) and Mama Bear (MB)  made it off the Sata Express Plane.  BB was impressed that he got to walk right onto the tarmat(sp?) and then shuffled onto a bus which rode around the airport.  At one point, we went underneath a bridge while a plane just drove right over us.  It was AWESOME!

We were in great spirits until we waited in the  LONG line up at Customs A.k.A for those SAPS, without an EU passport!! MB being the resourceful and impatient one decided to Jump the queue (sP?) because she used the ªtraveling with child´card... The conscience only nagged for 2mins but once they were being admitted into the country trouble -free her conscience was clear again. Btw, BB did as Tia Maria asked him, to stay absolutely quiet when at CUSTOMS... in fact he just nodded his head and was absolutely silent, a rare moment in his life. LOL!

Awaiting, was the beautiful Filipa and her husband Rui who wisked us away to their family´s house on the southside of Lisbon - Cruz de Pau. We took the train (like the regular folk) over the River Tejo.  There we enjoyed a wonderful meal, it was decadent and the kids played with one another. They had no trouble understanding one another.... and became instant friends.  BB was delighted to find lil ones on this side.

MB was delighted to visit with family, who she hasn´t seen in 6 years.  We celebrated Prima Aldinhas 70th birthday and you have to see this woman, she looks stunning.  Benicio didn´t believe me when I told her she was a grandmother. For the record, at this family dinner, MB was mistaken for a 15year old at one point, but because she didn´t hear this firsthand, she can not say if this is for sure, or a rumor?
Our first day was perfect, a wonderful way to start out stay in Lisbon. BB is in love with the city already!  He thinks it is AWESOME!!
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