25.08.2009 - 25.08.2009 22 °C
We made it to Lisbon before six in the morning and to Travellers Point Hostel in time to drop off the luggage and go on a full day tour which included a city tour of Lisbon in the morning (9 - 1) and then a trip up Sintra mountain to an ancient city where we toured a small castle. We travelled from there to the coast of Portugal to the most westerly point in continental Europe and then down the Iberian coast back to Lisbon. We arrived back in Lisbon after 7 in the evening - this may have been our biggest day yet since we got up before 4 am to catch the plane. Back at the hostel we found new energy after a shower because it was 'Wine Night' - it started at 10 pm and there were 7 different kinds of wine to try for 1x cost each of 5 euros. Met a few interesting travellers and enjoyed this very much - then up to the top floor (I say 6 Leigh says 5 floors pretend there is a bracket here - first time on Apple computer and hate the keyboard.
Portugal is wonderful and much cheaper than anywhere we've been so far. The temperature is much better too in the high 20's instead of 30's. The area we are staying in is a huge pedestrian walkway between two major squares in the old section of Portugal near the Alfalma which is the original port. This is our first day of the trip with no real plans and we slept in until about 9 am. Tomorrow we travel down the coast to Salema which is a small fishing village where we will stay in a small apartment where we can prepare some of our own meals and really rest.
I'm looking for a cane! Sciatica the worst its ever been but so far we haven't missed any planned events but I start out the day moving like a hermit crab then progress to the hunchback of Notre Dame and finally I can stand up. Oh boy! There is a reason why your supposed to do this right after college or university!! These exclamation marks are courtesy of Leigh - we are in agreement about that.