Marina area, Oeiras, Portugal

DSC08416 DSC08417 DSC08421Lighthouse at mouth of River Tagus from Atlantic to Lisbon area.DSC08422Marina has lots of jellyfish, various speciesDSC08426Orontes II, second black mast to the right from the power boat (see yellow horseshoe ring and white lettering).  We were in Oeiras Marina waiting for assessments on repairing mast. The fortress in background (above and below) is an active military post.DSC08418DSC08427Another Fortress on River Tagus.  We walked past this to get to train station.

Sightseeing in Lisbon 2016

While getting the mast work complete, we did take some time to sightsee around Lisbon again!  Loved the murals they applied to the trains that took us around! Above, enjoyed meeting new friends, the Hall family, at St. Mary’s church in Sao Pedro do Estoril, and spending a wonderful evening over dinner and talking about travel and families!

Below, Steve and I celebrating when Portugal won the European Soccer Cup!!!Above, Sculpture at Vasco da Gama Plaza area, a major tourist and shopping area.

Below is the beachfront property the bow of Orontes II overlooked when we were in the boatyard!!! Above are pictures from one of the Botanical Gardens and below, one of the Natural History Museums in Lisbon. More pictures from one of the archaeological museums. Steve replacing the head on one of the broken statues!Lisbon was a wonderful place to visit with lots of history, great people, culture, reasonable prices and memories!

Belem, Lisbon, Portugal, multiple visits

Belem, derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem, is located at the mouth of the River Talgus, 3.7 miles west of Lisbon.  This area first attracted mariners and commercial activities.  Archaeological evidence suggests human occupation since the Paleolithic era (2.6 million years ago).DSC07815DSC08458DSC08459DSC07817DSC08476Jeronimos Monastery, founded around 1459.  It also includes the Church of Santa Maria.DSC07819Entrance to main Church and cloisterDSC08468DSC08469 DSC08473 DSC08474DSC07821 Above and below is Padrao dos Descobrimentos, monument of the Discoveries, on the northern bank of the Tagus River, celebrating the Portuguese Age of Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries.DSC07822DSC07826 DSC07828 DSC07830 DSC07831 DSC07832 DSC07841DSC07843Belem LighthouseDSC07844 DSC07847Above is Belem Tower, UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 16th century, as a military fortification on the Tagus River.  One of our visits was with Christy!!DSC08465DSC07853 DSC07855Our second visit was with our good friend from the Azores, Elisa!! And of course, the specialty of Lisbon, one of the bakeries for Pastel de nata (egg tart pastry), which is one of Steve’s favorite num-nums yet!


Tall Ships Race 2016

This year’s Tall Ships Race started in Antwerp, Belgium, on July 7th and will end in Cadiz, Spain on July 31st.  We were lucky to join in the festivities on July 23rd while they were docked on Tagus, River, Lisbon and then watched them leave on July 25th for their next sail to Cadiz.

Below are some of our pictures:DSC02117Above is Norway’s 97 meter Barque, built in 1914.DSC02118Above is Italy’s 102 meter Ship, built in 1931, as proudly stated below!DSC02120 DSC02133Above is Mexico’s 89.7 meter Barque, built 1982.DSC02138Above and below are pictures of Venezuela’s Barque, which we toured.DSC02140 DSC02141 DSC02143

We had a great day!!


OUR NEW MAST!! July 8, 2016

Finally after 8 months (November 2015 to July 2016), in Alges, Portugal boatyard, on July 8th, our new Sparcraft mast arrived!!  YEAH!!!  Pantaenius Insurance covered us in full, so that was a big relief! On July 28th, she is fully rigged with new bottom paint job of anti-fouling paint and ready to be launched on July 29th!  We are water based again!!!!

What a great feeling to be back on the water!!

Fatima tour, July 5th, 2016

Day 2 in Fatima:  Steve slept in and I went to 7:30AM mass in the Basilica.  Beautiful sunrise, peaceful morning and feeling of reverence!We walked to the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, (below), which is a huge modernistic church on the other side of the plaza from the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima.  It was consecrated in 2007, due to the need for seating at services for the large number of pilgrims visiting this Blessed site (estimated at 4-5 million per year)!We then hiked to the Via Sacre, where Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco were visited by the “Angel of Peace”  in 1916.  This garden/path is composed of 15 chapels, including the Stations of the Cross.  

This was our first pilgrimage to Our Lady and definitely made an impression!  A very unique experience!