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Portugal Day 3: Adventures and Resting

sunny 80 °F

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A welcome sight: our room in Lisbon after our long journey! Before we could get there, we had to wait in a very long customs line. Then, when we finally got through the line, we couldn’t find our bags on any of the carousels. Eventually, another passenger from our flight (actually the family that had sat behind us) found theirs: it had been on the first carousel, but had been removed to allow the bags for a flight from Luanda. We got the shuttle to our hotel, and checked in and enjoyed the free breakfast.
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The very steep street that our hotel is on. This little barrier slides down to allow drivers with the right card to get through, then slides back up.
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We went to mass right down the street at the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Encarnação.
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It is a beautiful church. The mass was rather quick and simple, but the surroundings were so beautiful that it enhanced the entire experience.
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Another beautiful church, right down the street from the one we went to. There are several right in this area.
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We visited the oldest continuously-operating bookstore in the world, Bertrand. It has been in operation since 1732. Most of the books are in Portuguese (understandably enough). There is a little cafe in the back of the rather cavernous bookstore.
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An exterior view of the bookstore, with blue tile walls.
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We bought one book, and plan to learn enough Portuguese to read it to our children one day.

It was nice to browse the store, but we were very tired already. We stopped by a little bakery and bought some pastel de nata and some whole wheat rolls (pão integral in Portuguese. Catherine says she agrees that it is integral for daily life) and then went back to the hotel and rested for a few hours.

We got up at around 8PM, and then went out for dinner. The man at the hotel told us about the Time Out Mercado, essentially a gigantic food court with a wide variety of options. It is located in the old fish market near the river. We decided to walk down there and see what looked good.
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Lisbon is a very hilly city. A lot of people say it is similar to San Francisco, although it feels somewhat different.
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A tiny door along the way.
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The Mercado. There are tons of restaurant stands around a center area. In the center are bars selling drinks and tables for customers.
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A spicy diavola pizza and two Super Bock beers, the other major Portuguese beer maker.
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Dessert: Catherine got salted caramel with peanut and honeydew ice cream, and Daniel got passionfruit.
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The streets in Lisbon.
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A monument.
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They seem to have very large insects here.
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The Bica hill, home of the famous Bica tram.
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The construction of some of the buildings.
After dinner we grabbed a drink right near our hotel, and then headed back to get some rest before
heading out to explore more of the country tomorrow.

Posted by danielcatherine 17:33 Archived in Portugal Tagged church ice cream books nata sleep dinner pizza bookstore mercado bakery mass bica pastel_de_ Comments (4)

Day 16 - Quilts, Jam, and Margaritas

sunny 76 °F

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Three very generous gifts from Daniel's Aunt Barb: jam (hot pepper, sour cherry, and huckleberry), some books, and a beautiful handmade quilt! We were given our pick of a number of quilts, and chose this star patterned one.

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We then went to Manito Park and toured the beautiful rose garden. It was interesting to hear about all the different types of roses, especially the "old roses" that are more open and more fragrant than more familiar roses.

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A beautiful blue-green tree in Manito Park.

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The Japanese Garden at Manito Park is also beautiful and very serene.

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Us in the Japanese Garden.

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The sunken Duncan Garden, which is more formal and is very warm, due to the shelter from the wind.

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The perennial garden has some amazingly strange flowers and plants, all of which are very intriguing and seem like they would be interesting to plant.

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Flowering onion in the perennial garden. It was incredibly weird looking but also very pretty and interesting.

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The clock tower in Riverfront Park, which inspired the clock tower in the game Myst, which was one of Daniel's favorite computer games and which was made in Mead, just north of Spokane.

Correction: this is the county courthouse. The clock tower is also beautiful, but we didn't get any good pictures of it.

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Some views of the falls on the Spokane River. The restaurant where we ate lunch overlooked the river.

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Margaritas at Clinkerdagger Restaurant. We split one margarita, but they gave us two glasses. We had never really had margaritas before, and they were enjoyable.

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Oil, oil, oil...vinegar, vinegar, vinegar.

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The beautiful Davenport Hotel, which is really an incredible thing to see. It is amazing how similar it looks to the photographs of its early days, but it has certainly been restored and renovated over the years, keeping the original beauty.

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Inside the church at Gonzaga University. Gonzaga has a beautiful campus, and the church is incredibly beautiful. We both felt like the interiors of the buildings were very similar to those of Santa Clara, though of course the exteriors were all grey and gothic as opposed to beige and Mission-style. Daniel was wearing his Santa Clara shirt today, but no one at Gonzaga said anything about it.

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Another building at Gonzaga.

After touring Gonzaga, we finished our tour of Spokane and went back to the house. We had a nice dinner and conversation. Tomorrow we make for Hood River for Catherine's cousin Elise's wedding on Saturday!

Posted by danielcatherine 00:05 Archived in USA Tagged church river books quilts margaritas jam conversation must spokane gonzaga Comments (0)

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