A Great Start

Trip Start Jun 06, 2014
Trip End Jun 21, 2014

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Four Seasins Ritz

Flag of Portugal  , Lisbon,
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Slept straight through the night so all is well!  Spent 2+ hours having a leisurely breakfast and catching up with Ron & Marlene, since it has been a couple of years since we have seen them. Checked out of the Marriott and headed over to the Four Seasons Ritz which will be our home for the next three nights.  We like the hotels Vantage selects!  The lobby display of flowers (a living tree of orchids) is something to behold, and the staff really goes out of the way to accommodate you. 

Because of the great weather we took an afternoon walk (downhill) to the center of town and the river-Lots of ornately designed cobble stone streets, some decorated like ocean waves which make some people seasick if they gaze at them too long.  Sunday is taken seriously here as a day of rest; most stores and even restaurants are closed. We did find a side walk cafe where we ate a late lunch of tapas and sangria. The two ladies each ordered a sangria and the waiter said no, only one.  We were perplexed until he showed up with a liter pitcher, which was the only size they sold.  We all had a good laugh!

Two miles later we were at the riverfront and headed back home (via  taxi) for a quick nap before cocktails/dinner at  6 PM where we met our three travel directors and the rest of our 118 travel companions. From the looks of the crowd we are among the younger segment. We have been broken into 3 groups(we are gold) for the various tours we will be taking by bus. Departures of the buses will be staggered so we don't create a mob scene when we visit a site- good planning.

 Tomorrow's tour takes us to the historic town of Sintra and a famous palace. We also will be visiting the western most part of Europe. Our afternoon will be free to wander more of Lisbon and we are attending a dinner and Fado ( famous Portuguese music) show in the evening.
P.S. Today we celebrate our 51st anniversary!!

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Cindy n Stan on

Happy Anniversary to are WONDERFUL COUPLE

Much love,

Cindy and stan

MJ and CJ on

Congratulations on your 51st

Annette Landvatter on

Happy Anniversary! 51 years of wedded bliss, that means you kids are great at being married and many other things.

I am sorry that I did not respond sooner things have been a little hectic here. I can't wait to hear about the food. It is suppose to be fabulous and so should be the sangria! What a fun trip. I loved the flowers.


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