Posts Tagged "Portugal"

Funchal, Madeira

March 21st. After 8 days at sea we docked in Funchal, Madeira at 8:00am on a bright sunny day. We left the Prinsendam after breakfast at 9:15 am and decided to walk the half mile into town along the new promenade even though a shuttle bus was provided. We ventured past the church and strolled the narrow streets until we came to the market, with it’s flowers, vegetables and fish stalls. From the market we went over to the cable car and took it up to Monte where we had a cappacino and enjoyed the views of the city below. Returning to Funchal we had lunch at a local restaurant. We then...

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Belem, Portugal

  The Belem Tower guards the entrance to Lisbon

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Madeira, Portugal

  Looking to the sea in Madeira

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Funchal, Madeira

After a day at sea we landed on the island of Madeira. We docked in Funchal the Capital, where we decided to visit the Madeira Botanical Garden. The garden is situated up on a hillside. To get there we walked into town along the new waterfront promenade to the Cable car to Monte. We proceeded to take the cable car up to Monte. At Monte we walked over to another cable car which took us over and down to the Botanical Garden. We spent all morning viewing the various levels of the garden. After our visit, we retraced our steps back to Funchal and the ship. In the evening we went to dinner at the...

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Lisbon, Portugal

November 29th found us in Lisbon, which lies about 10 miles up the Tagus River. Our dock was on the east side of the city across from the Santa Apolonia train station, and easy access to the Metro, bus, and trolley system. Since we were here two days we got a 2 day public transportation pass. We started out on bus 28 to Praca do Comercio , the main square of the city. From there we walked up into the Baixa, via Rua Augusta and saw the Elevador Santa Justa along the way, to Praca do Rossio. After viewing the park we took a short jaunt to Praca da Figueira where we caught the #12 Trolley,...

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