Keyboard is different so if errors..oh well.
7-7-07 Travel from Phoenix to Philladelphia to Lisboa. Flight delayed due to strong head winds and inability to fly over the city before 8am in portugal...however flight was much quicker..6 hours instead of 8.
7-8-07 DAY of arrival at airport - on way to get gps...ºnever lostº we got lost. had lunch in a town where no english understoood - managed to get fish and potato and vegies for lunch...very good. treating us as royalty as they all think mary grace is ºbarbara bushº.
7-9-07 Sintra we toured castles where javier discovered his distant relative ' dom duarte was to be king of portugal. castles with tiled walls and walkways, marble paths, beautiful pools and gardens and views all the way to the ocean. Carriage ride through the old and new towns of Sintra...now we know why the roads are so narrow and cars very small here.
Breakfast in the mall in the morning ...they are open until 1130pm every day. queche, fruit, and stonggggg coffee. rolls and sweets are in abundance...no no. lunch is typically fish, potato, carrots, broccoli...all very good. all the fish have their heads in tact..hmmmm.
7-10-07 Estoril and Cascais - The beach is beautiful ' clear water...sail boats in abundance...as well as a few ºsitesº of the human variety. we walk alot '''it is warm today however the first couple days were cooler and very windy.
The younger generation 20ºs speak english well...the older generation..selective.
mary grace went to her first IKEA ' here...all the same...except for the blue berry soup. Bathrooms are generally separate only stalls for men and women with shared sink areas. wine in restaraunt is 12 euros in grocery store only 1.25. eating inside a restaraurant is generally less expensive than eating outside. kids are everywhere ....this is a kid friendly country..and all are having fun..and fun to be around...even Fernando.
harv loves to drive here as they give you a choice of speeds depeding upon the lane you are in...90km,80km,60km...you know which is his choice i am sure.
TRAVEL TIP #1 - When in Lisboa use the hand towel to wash your face. MG asked the front desk clerk for a clean wash cloth so she could was her face. The desk clerk assured that she had a clean face cloth. After much discussion we watch the facial expression of the desk clerk turn to concern as what MG thought was a face cloth is what the Portuguese use after they have use the bidet :-O Please bring your own wash cloth.
We had dinner at a fado house where we listen to a local Christina sing with a powerful and beautiful voice.
bom dia...until next cyber cafe. ..LOVE JO, JAVIER, AND MARY GRACE