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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – 17

GETTING TO KNOW NAZARE The beach at Nazare is amazing.  This small fishing village sits on the Atlantic Ocean, about an hour’s drive north of Lisbon. Fishermen still haul their catch up onto the beach and spread it out on … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 15

GOING DOWN THE ROAD FROM PORTO TO NAZARÉ While it was difficult to depart from Porto and put our Douro River adventures behind us, we looked forward to visiting the picturesque seaside village of Nazaré. On our way to Nazaré, … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 16

VISITING THE LOCAL CATHEDRALS AND MONASTERIES AROUND NAZARE There is no getting around it – this region is rife with ancient Cathedrals, Monasteries, Castles and Convents. Within an easy driving distance of Nazaré there are many charming small towns and … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 14

WALKING IN PORTO Porto is a city for walking. Right outside of our hotel was a lively plaza with many outdoor cafes, street vendors and buskers. But don’t limit your exploration to walking out from your hotel or room. Taxis … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 12

QUINTA DE LA ROSA We had booked two nights accommodation at Quinta De La Rosa, a working Quinta alongside the Douro River. From the photo above you can see that the buildings and accommodation are literally perched on the steep … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 11

PINHAU AND THE DOURO RIVER VALLEY It is hard to describe the beauty of the Douro River Valley and the wine and port producing vineyards that line its steep slopes. It is the third-longest river in the Iberian Peninsula after … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 10

IN AND ABOUT COIMBRA We stayed only one night in Coimbra and it was really meant to break up the drive from Lisbon to the Douro River Valley. It turned out to be much more than that and I wish … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 9

HEADING NORTH – VISITING COIMBRA Having sampled the delights and wonders of Lisbon, it was now time to expand our horizons and head north to the smaller towns in northern Portugal. We rented a car and traveled on the tolled … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 8

FURTHER EXPLORATION IN LISBON The next day we continued our adventure in Lisbon, this time by foot, water, and double-decker bus. First thing in the morning we boarded a boat for a shoreline cruise of the Tagus estuary. Along the … Continue reading

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2018 EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – DAY 7

OUR FIRST TIME IN LISBON, PORTUGAL Before I go on with a commentary about exploring the great and historic city of Lisbon, I have to comment on our accommodation at the Hotel Portugal. It is located in the Bairro Alta … Continue reading

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