Our Last Day Back in Portugal
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We woke up early for yet another croissant rich breakfast. I feel I may turn into a croissant soon!
Every single bite of the croissant I had was delicious. I want to now learn how to make croissants.
Anyway – we finished breakfast. I hugged Cecelia good bye and wished her good travels. Then I slept the entire bus ride back to the airport in Toulouse. We had another smooth and quick 2 hour flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Upon arrival, we exited and I was excited to see a familiar face waving hello to us.
On the bus ride to the first Cathedral, she gave us a history of Lisboa (official name in Portuguese). I leaned the Monarchy ended in 1910 and that Portugal took part in the First World War I also learned that Lisboa only has about 600,000 habitants as many people have left the city due to the high cost of living in the city. The architecture of many of the buildings throughout the city was beautiful. The downtown area of Lisboa was absolutely stunning. It had a modern yet historic look to it. Many old structures stood among the new shopping areas.
We stopped at the Church where there is a shrine for St.
After visiting the Cathedral, we took another bus tour of Lisboa. The tour guide Hannah, showed us a bridge that looked very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, because it was designed by the same person. Traffic was a bit hectic during our bus tour.
We passed through the waterfront, and through the Belem section of the city.
After driving past the Monastery and getting off the bus to take pictures in front of famous landmarks we got to shop a little bit. Then we headed to the hotel. We had a great meal at the hotel for dinner. I ate pretty healthy stuff and even skipped the bread. Go figure… last day I decide to skip the bread. We sat at the bar for a few minutes for coffee, and then my mom and I walked to a nearby mall. It was like a jumbo sized Macy’s instead of a mall, like what we think of as a mall in the US. My mom and I had a good walk. When we arrived to the hotel, Father, Mary, Kathy and Peggy were in bar still drinking.
Kathy and I took a quick ride and she did her shopping, then we came back. The metro was similar to the DC metro, except at a much smaller scale. It was easy to get around and I enjoyed seeing the mix of old historical monuments and new building structures.
I enjoyed all the walking around in Lisbon today. I especially enjoyed the warm and sunny weather. I loved it! It was more pleasant than walking around in Lourdes, though I’m sure Lourdes would have been just as amazing had the weather been nicer.
Overall, this was a great trip.
I especially enjoyed eating and tasting all the good foods, learning more about friends I had had back home, but had never spent enough time with and I enjoyed practicing my other language skills.
This trip was a wonderful experience and I could not have asked for a better group to travel with.