Lisboa - Praça Rossio

Wandering Lisbon – Part 2 – Day 8

Elevador de Santa Justa – Santa Justa Elevator We set out bright and early to explore more of Lisbon’s historical sites and monuments. Going to and from the tower and upper Santa Justa and Baixa streets, has long posed a challenge for pedestrians due to the steep and steady incline. As we walked to the […]

Lisbon - Jeronimos Monastery, Cloister and Church towers

Wandering Lisbon – Part 1 – Day 7

While settling into our hotel room, we soon realised that this wouldn’t be a peaceful stay. We opened the window and were assaulted by the intrusive sound of the trains crossing the River Tejo (Tagus River) into the city. The Vila Galé Opera, while offering all comforts of a 4-star hotel, was our worst accommodation. […]

Porto from Harbourside

Wandering Porto – Douro Litoral

We spent two days at Porto, immersed in its turbulent history and rich cultural heritage. There’s more to Porto than its various delectable Port wines! Chronicles relate a Roman presence in the 4th. Century. Like other Portuguese cities mentioned in previous posts, discoveries unearthed the existence of Celts prior to the Romans. During the Roman reign, […]

Wandering Coimbra – Beira

Day 3. Smoke filled the air as we motored on to Coimbra. The closer we came to the city, the more ominous the smoke became. On the way we could see how fire had ravaged parts of the forest. We knew about the forest fires prior to our departure. The worst seemed to have passed. […]

Évora Sé Cathedral Side View

Wandering Évora – Alentejo

Day 2. The Old Town of Évora is a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site that will delight any architecture and history buff. I am only highlighting a few of the sites; there is so much more to see and explore, which our limited time didn’t allow. Roman Temple The Roman Temple of Diana is the […]

Faro - Se Cathedral Mosaics

Wandering through Faro and Beja – Portugal

Portugal was my first experience travelling with a pre-arranged package that included flights, car rental, hotels with half board. My recently widowed touring friend, was travelling solo for the first time. She asked whether I’d be interested in joining her and I accepted right away. Her late husband’s travel agency had t taken care of […]