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!

Nazares to Fatima, Portugal, July 4th, 2016

A road trip around the Atlantic coast of Portugal from Lisbon to Fatima!! Today our first stop was Cabo da Rosa, the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe!  Drizzly and very cool! Below, the lighthouse overlooks the promontory towards the Atlantic. Next on to Nazares, one of the most popular seaside resorts on Atlantic coast of Portugal, and a world breaking surf site for waves, 78-100 feet tall!  (Google: “Nazares surf” or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5g6I-FOguQ for great pictures!) “Boa Sorte”, means “good luck” in Portuguese and was the name of our boat on Eagle Mountain Lake, now belonging to Cory and Heather!Portugal is well-known for its mosaic designs in many sidewalks all over the country!  And also has narrow alleys, as found throughout Europe. Then on to Fatima!  What a surreal experience!  One of the most peaceful towns I have ever stayed in! The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary was  begun in 1928 and completed in 1954.  The tower is 213 feet high, decorated by a crown of bronze (weighing 15,000 pounds) and topped with an illuminated cross.  The carillon consists of 62 bells with 15 altars within the church dedicated to the 15 mysteries of the Rosary.   The Sanctuary of Fatima is the grouping of the religious buildings and structures, including the Basilica, the Chapel of Apparitions, a great oak tree where the 3 children were first visited by Mary, a section of the Berlin Wall, and other monuments.  The Chapel of the Apparitions is the center of the sanctuary, located at the exact location of the Marian Appariations, marked by a marble pillar and enclosed case with image of the Virgin Mary.We attended the rosary at 8:30 PM followed by the procession. The Procession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima Square after the reciting of the rosary and blessing of all items brought here.

Tomorrow we tour the rest of Fatima!!

 

Touring Evora, Portugal, June 30, 2016

Today we continued our walk around Evora seeing the sights until we took the train back to Lisbon!  Below are pictures of the medieval walls around the city. Then we arrived at Aqueduto da Agua da Prata (Silver Water Aqueduct).  Amazing work! Above and below are Moura’s Gate which was the original entrance to Evora.  The globular 16th-century Renaissance fountain is in the center of the square with Roman towers in the background.

Above and below is Igreja da Graca, an old church and convent, currently in use by the Portuguese Armed Forces.  Construction ended in 1511 and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next stop:  Lisbon and back to the boat!!  Enjoyed this unique visit!!

Chapel of Bones and Evora, Portugal, June 29, 2016

Today we rode the train to Evora!  Lots of recommendations for THE place to see a “Chapel of Bones”, so we went and toured the city!  Evora, inhabited since the Neolithic period, has numerous archaeological monuments from ancient peoples, Arabs and then the Romans.  It was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Below are the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the Cathedral!    Then we visited the Roman Temple of Diana in the center of historic Evora.  The initial temple was built around 1st century AD in honor of Augustus. We stopped for a refreshing lunch with lots of sangria!  Of course, it was delicious in the hot weather!  Afterwards we resumed our tour of the city looking for the “Chapel of Bones”  Medieval walls dating from 14th to 17th centuries with a beautiful park following its length. Then another church!    

The Capela dos Ossos, “Chapel of Bones”, was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk, for contemplation about life being transitory.  The Chapel is 18 by 11 meters and contains about 5000 skeletons.  Then we visited their artistry and Nativity set museum. At the end of this long day, it was definitely time for a glass of wine!

Lisbon and tour of Christ the King Monument, June 25, 2016

Today we took the train to Lisbon, ferry across the Tagus River and the bus up the hill to Christ the King Monument/Sanctuary, built to resemble the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Above and below are panoramic views from the top of the monument (the water is the River Tagus).  Across the river is Lisbon, and the monument is in Setubal, Portugal. Above and below (in distance) shows the leaning marina tower at the entrance of the shipyard where Orontes II is located awaiting her new mast!!  From my internet reading, it appears that Portugal usually keeps a contingency of 3 submarines since WWII.  There are presently 2 listed in the Lisbon Naval Base at this time. Apparently this one is now out of service in Setubal! The Dom Fernando II e Gloria is a wooden-hulled, 50 gun frigate.  She was launched in 1843 and active until 1878 after traveling more than 100,000 miles.  She was destroyed by fire in 1963, but restored in 1990 as a museum ship.  We then ferried back over to Lisbon to enjoy a wonderful dinner while watching an Irish soccer match in an Irish pub!  What a beautiful day seeing this iconic landmark in Portugal!

Day 31, Touring Dublin, June 21, 2016

Today we spent the day touring Dublin! Above is the Custom House, a neoclassical 18th century building, and below is the Spire of Dublin, also titled the Monument of Light, a stainless steel, pin-like monument 120 meters (394 feet) high.  It replaced the Nelson’s Pillar after the 1966 bombing by IRA members. Above and below, the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, completed in 1818. Above is the O’Connell Monument, memorial to Daniel O’Connell, the 19th century nationalist leader.  The monument stands at the entrance to the street named after him, which is Dublin’s main thoroughfare at 50-54 yards wide. The River Liffey Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is one of the 7 ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, as well as Ireland’s oldest. Above the Campanile, a bell tower, sitting prominently near the middle of Trinity College and one of its most iconic landmarks.  Superstition and college tradition states that any student passing beneath the campanile when the bells toll will fail their exams, causing some to never pass underneath until they graduate! Above is Trinity College Chapel, completed in 1798.     Above and below are pics of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, dating from 1220 AD.  It is the Anglican National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland.

Above is the Memorial Tree for those whom have died and below is the spiral staircase leading to the Cathedral organ.  The city of Dublin can trace its origin back more than 1000 years!  Above and below are part of the walls and gates, some raised by the Ostmen starting in the 9th century. Finally, Steve gets to HIS ultimate destination in Dublin!!  LOL!!  Guinness Brewing was started over 250 years ago!  Thank goodness we made it in time!  Above and below are panoramic views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar at the top of Guinness Storehouse!!  Above is Phoenix Park, the largest park in Europe at 1,760 acres.  It houses the residence of the Irish president and Dublin Zoo. Our last thatched roof in Ireland!!  What a wonderful holiday in the British Isles!  We had a fabulous time and enjoyed our time with friends and new experiences!!

June 22, we flew out of Dublin airport back to Lisbon and Orontes II!  HOME AGAIN!      We enjoyed the Gaelic language on the signs but never tried to learn this language!