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Trip Report Peppermintpatti's Portugal trip report--LONG!

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First thank you to all who posted any info on Portugal in the last year and a half. I read EVERYTHING, and your experiences were invaluable in our trip planning.

I'm not much of a writer, but maybe some of our experiences will be helpful to someone else planning their trip.

We are a family of four, mom and dad, in our late 40's and 13 yo. daughter and her friend, who we adopted for 2 weeks.

We loved Portugal, and thought it was much less crowded than other European countries we have visited. Also, we found the Portuguese people to be very kind, helpful, and welcoming to tourists. Many spoke English, and those that did not, would either use gestures to help, or would find someone else who spoke English to answer our questions.

Our trip was delayed by a day, due to weather realated flight problems, so we missed a whole day in Lisbon, which we really regretted.

We spent:
2 nites Lisbon
1 nite Evora
4 nites Luz in the Algarve
1 nite Obidos
1 nite Bussaco Forrest
2 nites Porto
1 nite Lisbon.

On June 12, we finally arrived in Lisbon in the morning. We caught a cab to our apartment in the Pena Parish of the old city center of Lisbon. THe apartment was a beautiful 3 bedroom home, on a residential street in an old neighborhood that survived the 1755 earthquake. We were very pleased with this accommodation, and found it to be very clean, beautifully decorated, well equipped, and very well situated. The owners live only 2 doors down, and were readily available for questions and advice. It had a beautiful terrace where we had coffee and late nite drinks before bed each nite. I can't say enough about this wonderful place, and the great people who own it. The wesite is visitingportugal.com. We stayed in the Casa Patria.

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