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Portugal

Our trip to Portugal. For our honymoon, we spun the globe, and after two false starts, Sherry's finger landed in Portugal, so off we went. Our plan was to start in Lisboa and stay in a different bed-and-breakfast (or, at least, the Portugese equivalent) each night. We used the Michalin Guide, but we also went to other places which were simply signed on the highways.

Day 1: June 3rd

We left Toronto for Lisbao via Newark. We had to run to make our connection, however, our luggage didn't make it.

Day 2: June 4th

We landed in Lisboa and found out that our luggage didn't make it, so we got our rented car and started driving north. At one point, I took a turn, and we went out into the river valley to our right. We ended up in a small town called Porto Alto where we found a residential.

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Day 3: June 5th

We got our luggage, and then drove north to Muge to see an old Roman bridge and stopped at Samora Correia on the way back to Porto Alto.

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Day 4: June 6th

Our first real day: Óbidos, Caxina, Alcobaça, and we found a Residential in Batalha.

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Day 5: June 7th

From there, we went to Leiria and on to Tomar. We then drove to Coimbra and found a Residential for the night.

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Day 5: June 7th

We explored the university in Coimbra, went south to visit Condeixa-a-Velha, and then headed north. We ended up finding a Residential at Miramar.

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Day 6: June 8th

We visited Vila Nova de Gaia, the place with all the Port cellars and we crossed to Porto. From here, we headed north and found a Hotel in Guimarães.

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Day 7: June 9th

We explored Guimarães, visited Alto do Farinha, and then found a place in Braga.

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Day 8: June 10th

We explored Braga, visited Bom Jesus, and then headed north to Valença.

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Day 9: June 11th

We headed east and visited an abandoned monestary at Sanfins and then Monção. We went south to Lindoso and Soajo and then found a Hotel in Vila Real which was in the middle of a festival.

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Day 10: June 12th

We visited the Mateus estate and then headed east passing through Mirandela and ending up in Bragança.

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Day 11: June 13th

We explored the castle in Bragança and then headed south, visiting Castello Velho, Marialva, and getting a place in Guarda.

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Day 12: June 14th

South we went, to Monsanto, Castelo de Vide, and finally, to Marvão.

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Day 13: June 15th

Continuing south, through Évora Monte and Évora and then to Monsaraz, Mourao, and finding a place to stay in Reguengos de Monsaraz.

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Day 14: June 16th

Further south, passing Beja, reaching the coast at Castelo Marim, and following the coast to Tavira, Faro, and Estoi. We found a wonderful bed-and-breakfast on the road to Silves.

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Day 15: June 17th

We visited Silves and headed north, stopping at Minas do Lousal and then finding a Residential in Alcacér do Sal.

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Day 16: June 18th

We explored the museum in Alcacér do Sal, headed west to the now-a-resort-strip Troia, stopped at Comporta for a minute, drove along the coast west of Setúbal, and ended up in Lisboa again, driving through the Parque Florestal de Monsanto and visitng the Ajuda Palace. We found a Residential in Lisboa.

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Day 17: June 19th

And we're off back to Newark where we literally had to run to make our connection (they reopened the door). Somehow, our luggage made it.