This Might Surprise You

13 thoughts on “This Might Surprise You”

  1. Portugal has that mix of old and new that I loved so much in London. What fabulous architecture. And it was made more meaningful by referencing itself to past glories (i.e. de Gama tower). That was a fun post, Beth!

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    1. Thanks for sharing. I think you should plan to go to Nazaré, Portugal in November for the surfing competition. I believe that Nazaré has the biggest waves ever surfed!

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    2. I’m so glad you liked it, Claire! I’ve only ever passed through Heathrow on my way to somewhere else in Europe so getting to London is on the list of places to go at some point.

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      1. That’s right! It does and our plan is to go see the surfing competition when it happens later this year. Based on what we’ve read, there are no specific dates for the competition, it happens when the waves are huge. Good thing we are flexible and can drive up at a moment’s notice. It’s only a 1.5 hour drive from where we live. I’ll definitely be writing about that when it happens!

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  2. I also super enjoyed seeing the contemporary structures in Lisbon. They were not there when we visited in 1975.

    I also wonder if you have ever felt as though some local folks are treating you unkindly, like recent immigrants to our country are sometimes treated.

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    1. Wow…you were here the year after the Salazar was removed from power (1974). So much has changed. Most of the Park of Nations that I shared pictures of in this post was built between 1995 and 1998. You and Trudy have to come back and see it now. It would knock your socks off! Also, love the question!!! Thanks so much!

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  3. I’m much relieved to know that Portugal has joined modern times. Extraordinary buildings and the tram is a real bargain.

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    1. Hi Bill! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post. Lisbon is a very modern city that mixes the historic and modern quite well and Porto was very nearly the same. Sending you and Mom my love.

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    1. …and that’s just one area of Lisbon. There are many others. Of course there are some areas that aren’t so pretty too, but it’s such an interesting and varied environment. Can’t wait to show you and Gary around. 🇵🇹

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  4. Beth, now I’m even more impressed with the architecture in Portugal! The historic is grand and exquisite. The new is inventive and inviting. I love the tram. Can you get on and off at different stops along the route? Thanks a lot for devoting this post to my question. ❤️

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    1. I’m so happy you have a new perspective on Lisbon and its architecture! The tram starts at one point and ends at the other. No stops in between. It’s only 1.2kms long and takes 10 minutes so its not very long, but it is very pleasant. peaceful, and enjoyable. I’m hoping you will have the chance to experience it at some point in the future.

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