"Finding a proper husband is rather like selecting a hound. They all have more bark than bite, my girl. One day you'll look across the breakfast table and realize the only option left is obedience training."
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PORTUGAL & SPAIN, Part 1
A few years ago I traveled to Portugal and Spain with my daughter-in-law and her sister. The photos are scanned from Kodak moments as I resisted giving up my Nikon for digital until it simply stopped functioning one day. Nonetheless, the trip was somewhat off the customary European tourist routes, and I hope some of you will find the photos of interest.
After our all-night flight from the U.S., we were dead tired but decided we should take advantage of our only free time in Lisbon. So we walked from our hotel to the Lisbon zoo, a delightfully large and shady place where we seemed to be the only tourists, something that's always fun. (People stared at us as if we were part of the exhibit.)
|The flowers in Lisbon looked remarkably familiar to Floridians.|
|Cable car ride above the zoo|
|Zebras as seen from cable car|
|Fort on the Tagus River|
If my memory doesn't fail me, this is the fort where Portugal's great explorers had to bring the treasure they found in the New World. (That's right, the government got it. Presumably the explorers were amply rewarded, however.)
|Cannons inside the fort|
|The cloister's Gothic ceiling|
|These horsemen at the cloisters were translated as "the band," but to me they were Lisbon's version of the Horse Guards|
|We had lunch at the harbor in Cascais|
|Entrance to Obidos, complete with portcullis|
|In spite of the narrow streets, cars actually drive here - 'Ware, walkers!|
|A look back at Obidos from the bus - and yes, it has a genuine wall-walk|
|On to Our Lady of Fátima, one of the most visited shrines in the world|
Below are modern-day versions of the boats Wellington used to cross the Douro River at Oporto and surprise the French, who were expecting him on the other side of town. (1809, during the Peninsular War against Napoleon.) The boats, once used to haul grapes to the wineries, are now mostly for pleasure. But the creation of "port" continues, unabated.
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Addendum for BeauMonde members who want to see a "ha-ha":
|Ha-ha at Laycock Abbey|
|Side view of ha-ha at the Royal Crescent, Bath|
Thanks for stopping by,
Next week: Spain . . . or maybe Fort Wilderness . . . or ?
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