Our First Visitors!

21 thoughts on “Our First Visitors!”

  1. I feel like I was there! … or at least I’m wishing I were there. sigh. Looks awesome. Love to you guys!

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  2. My goodness, Beth. You should have been a writer. Your knowledge of your surroundings in such a short time is amazing, as well as your narratives of your outings are so interesting. It sounded like you packed a lot of incredible sights and great food into a short time for Liam and Kate and they looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. The pictures were lovely. Such a beautiful place. I hope obtaining your residency certificate goes off without a hitch. You two certainly deserve a break after all of the issues you encountered earlier. Thank you so much for sharing your new life’s journey. Love, Aunt Dianna

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    1. Thank you!! You are so kind and generous with your compliments. It’s so much fun to write and I’m hoping that some day in the distant future it will act as a sort of diary of our experiences that we can read and relive. Sending you hugs.

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  3. Wonderful!! Loved hearing about their trip. Liam and Kate are truly a great couple. So glad you all enjoyed the time together🥰

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    1. We all had a great time and Won and I truly enjoyed hanging out with them. After they left, I was thinking, shoot, we should have done this, and that, and this, and that…they’ll just have to come back. I’m also hoping we can entice you and Chris to do the same… Love you.

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  4. Wow! I’m exhausted from reading all of this. You could get a PT job as a tour guide!! It all sounds amazing and I’m sure Kate and Liam are very glad they visited.

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    1. I hope you’re planning YOUR trip, Sheila. We’d love to pal around Lisbon with you. Although, knowing how well traveled you are, you could probably give us the tour!!

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  5. Hi Beth – thanks for sharing these great tourist sites. I’ve been flagging them for my future trip. Question – has coronavirus been a concern where you are? My trip is supposed to be late Spring/Early Summer but concerned about travel issues.

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    1. Hi Tara. That’s a great question and an important one. The first case of COVID-19 in Portugal was confirmed on Monday and since then 8 more cases have been confirmed with 117 suspected (as far as I know, they were people who had traveled to Italy or had been serving on cruise ships that were impacted). The government has done an admirable job in preparing 3 specific locations to manage these illnesses. One in Porto, one in Lisbon, and one in Coimbra (the center of the country). There are currently no restrictions for people regarding travel or movement within Portugal, by constitutional law, but I suspect that could change at any time. I, too, am scheduled to travel to Sicily in early June to meet up with my two sisters. We haven’t canceled the trip yet, but are monitoring the situation closely. I would recommend you do the same, as I’m sure you are. This virus is new so there is a lot of focus on developing a vaccine and containing the spread, but as we all know, that isn’t easy and will take time. Most airlines (as I suspect you already know) are making accommodations for travelers if you need to cancel or delay your travel. The best advice I can provide is to keep up on the news and check the US embassy website as they will provide you with good information on where and when it is safe to travel. I truly hope the virus begins to recede in the coming weeks, but no one knows what will happen. The main thing is to protect yourself and others. Most importantly, stay safe!!

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  6. We loved the Pastel de Nata when we were in Lisbon several years ago, so we just took a virtual cooking class on how to make them. Unfortunately our pastry needs some work!

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    1. Wow!! That’s ambitious. I’m impressed. I wouldn’t attempt that…but then we can just go to any pastry shop (and they are plentiful here) and buy them. If we ever leave, though, that will be one of the things I’ll miss the most. They’re just so, so, so good!!!

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