Posts Tagged "Portugal"

Obidos, Portugal

We started to sail up the Tagus River around 9:00 AM on May 2, 2012 on a very rainy, windy and overcast day. We docked in Lisbon on the other side of the April 25th Bridge. We decided to stay on board today due to 40 mile per hour winds and intermittent rain squalls. The next day was still overcast but the wind had subsided. We boarded a bus for a 90 minute ride to Obidos,¬†known as the “Wedding Present Town” because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. It rained most of the way there and stopped just as we arrived. We passed under...

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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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