Trip Start Dec 01, 2013
Trip End Dec 17, 2013

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Hotel Carmo

Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Had a beautiful first day in Lisbon.  First, awoke with the sun desperately trying to peek through beautiful dark clouds.  Our hotel room has a window that overlooks the river and we had quite the show this morning.

Breakfast at the hotel and then we headed down to the port to take a tram to Jeramias Monastery.  Paul thought it was kinda "dead"--unlike some other monasteries we've visited, but that's because this one is mostly a museum and no longer a real monastery.  I still appreciated it immensely  I thought that the architecture is one of the best I have ever seen.

On the way out we made our way into the church where Vasco de Gama is buried.  Now, for Paul this was the first time he'd even heard the name.  I became quite aware that the quality of education growing up differs among us all.  Who didn't hear about Vasco de Gama by 3rd grade.  Surely it isn't just south Texas that taught about V de G!

Oh, well.  We then made it "across the street" to the river and the Discoveries Monument.  I've always wanted to see this one live and it is quite impressive.  Its sheer size is pretty breathtaking.

Next we walked to view the Belem Tower.  Didn't climb and just took a look at it from afar.

On our way home we decided to have lunch.  Paul had a rice and octopus rice and I had a cod.  Both were quite salty--not enough to not eat, but very close to it.  We walked quit a bit (over 12,000 steps today!).

This evening was Fado and dinner.  Bot were OK.  We decided that for the remainder of the time in Portugal we're going to eat local and stop trying to have a foodie experience--I think this is a smart move.

Tomorrow we drive to Fatima and on to Port.  From there on Friday we'll go in search of the abandoned Farias castle.

We'll check in and give you an update on Friday evening (our time).

Have a great end of the week!
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Steven Farias on

Once again, thanks for sharing your travels with us!

Mano Alberto on

Woah, a Farias castle you say? Oh, and read "Lies my teacher told me" a chilling expose on how history is taught in the USA. Many states have different history books--hence Paul's befuddlement at Vasco de Gama (he probably thought it had to do with something 'vascular' eh?) Ah, Portugal, still on my bucket list! Miss you both compass!

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