Category Archives: Portugal, Lisbon

Sintra … palaces and adventures in Wonderland

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I didn’t stumble upon any Cheshire cats during my stay in Sintra last Summer, but if I had I wouldn’t have been remotely surprised. Thirty kilometres west of Lisbon and a few kilometres short of the most westerly point in … Continue reading

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Sintra … Lord Byron’s pilgrimage to Portugal’s fairytale hilltop settlement

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Lisbon … views for miles and decorative tiles at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

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A walk around the hilly narrow streets of Lisbon’s charming Alfama and Graça districts is like having a rigorous eye examination at the opticians: one constantly flickers between long- and short-sightedness as no one can resist staring out at the … Continue reading

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Lisbon … the (holy) spirit of Rio with a smattering of San Francisco found in mainland Europe’s most westerly capital. Cristo Rei and Ponte 25 de Abril

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During my first and admittedly vaguely researched visit to Lisbon back in 2003, I was convinced the sweltering heat was causing me to hallucinate. The sight of what appeared to be Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer and California’s Golden Gate bridge on … Continue reading

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Lisbon … riding ‘Justa’ another form of classic public transport: trams, funiculars and possibly the loveliest lift in the world

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Lisbon … and the perils facing a lady eating alone

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I visited Lisbon in the Spring of 2003. Such a delightful city. Architecturally similar to Barcelona but not as cosmopolitan as its Catalonian cousin. And, as this was the year before the country held the European Football Championships (Euro 2004), … Continue reading

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