Herdade do Esporao – Winery

    Today we were off to Herdade do Esporao a beautiful winery  in the Alentejo.  It was going to be an amazing day of learning, laughing, eating and drinking. A little bit of history - The winery was first established back in 1267.  We were told that no wine was produced until the 1990's.  They …

Capela Dos Ossos – Chapel of Bones Evora Portugal

Remember we were going to have an early cuppa on our deck?  Waking up to pouring rain put that on hold. We wandered down to the restaurant for an early breakfast.  I asked if there was anything gluten free.  I couldn't believe my eyes what they brought to my table.  Yummy gluten free croissant, Pasteis …

Evora Portugal

Our hotel in Evora the M'ar de Ar Aqueduto overlooked the Agua de Prata Aqueduct, a luxury hotel in a converted 16th Century Chapel. The Aqua de Prata built back in the 16th century  provided clean drinking water to Evora by connecting the city to the nearest constant flowing river, 9km to the north. The …

Lisbon to Evora via Setubal

We left Lisbon around 9am and would be heading to Evora Portugal where we would stay 2 days. Most of us dozed as the coach motored along.  After an hour or so we pulled up for our first break at Azulejos de Anita.  We were going to learn more about how the  tiles are made …

Lisbon and Beyond

An early start to the day with breakfast and then off on our day trip to see the sights of Lisbon and beyond. Our first stop would be at Freedom Park -  Parque da Liberdade.  Back in 1903  it was renamed to King Edward VII a tribute to King Edward VII of the UK, who …

Clube De Fado – Lisbon

We arrived at the Sheraton Hotel Lisbon where we would be staying 2 nights.  Our room was lovely and we had views out over Lisbon and the hotel pool directly below. In the distance you could see what looked like through the clouds a cross upon a tower. This was actually the Figure of Christ …

Paris on Foot

Armed with a crappy map the cruise ship company provided,  we proceeded to walk back to our ship.  It was berthed right by the Eiffel Tower.  Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower!  On a map it doesn't look that far does it.  Maps are so deceptive. I think we walked more miles than needed, as I …

Europes Best Kept Secret – Ghent

    It was raining lightly when we arrived in Ghent where we were to have an hour boat cruise along the canals. The boat had a glass roof, and sliding glass windows, so no chance of getting wet.   Lunch would be served along with refreshments, champers, beer, soft drink or water.  The sparkling …