THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND LISBON

Old Feb 14th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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Sher,
I found it after months of searching for a large villa for all of my extended family going with us. Well, everyone has pretty much bailed out so I had to revise my search to accomadate the four of us. Right now, my internet email is not working, but as soon as it is, I will forward the information to you. It is through the vacation rentals by owner site VRBO.
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 03:42 PM
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Matt, I'm happy to know that everything is going smooth. The idea of sponsorship is a good one, I'll give you the right contacts (marketing ppl of course).

Sher, don't be affraid of meeting a lobo from the internet because this one keeps the rabies vaccination up to date

Referring to budget hotels, I advise you to check Hotel Ibis Saldanha. It's not luxury but is a real hotel. If you are going to pensao (plural pensoes) you may have the luck of finding a decent place, but not necessarily.

Ibis Saldanha is reasonably located, with near transports (metro saldanha and buses) and Avis rent a car has a point of presence 2 blocks away.

In case you wish to day trip outside of Lisbon, from Saldanha it's easy to navigate.

It's all now, it's 12:30 pm and I have to get up in a few hours.
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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I have met with three different groups of people that have posted here. One of the groups met in New York (my family thought I was nuts) one group met in DC (my family still thought I was nuts but that has been going on for four years) and one in Pittsburgh. By now my family thinks it is interesting.

I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Thanks namaka. I have been researching pousadas all day and I am going cross-eyed
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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Hotel Ibis Saldanha is 59 euros. There is another one Ibis Liberdade, but imho not so well located. The site is http;//www.accord.com
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 04:01 PM
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very sorry: It's http://www.accorhotels.com/accorhotels/index.html
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 04:01 PM
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Okay Sher,
Here's the apartment site. http://www.vrbo.com/77293
Hope it works for you!
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 04:14 PM
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WOW!! it looks nice. on the 1st picture you may see tramway #28 heading towards downtown.

The entrance of Baixa-Chiado metro station is about 50 steps of this appartment. The beginning of Bairro Alto is just the builfings facing your appartment in the opposite site os the square.

Sher, the comments about rabies vaccination was a joke about my screen name (the big bad wolf)
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 04:36 PM
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Hmnn, Lobo, thought that was it. You couldn't resist just one more peek at our Lisbon thread could you? Bad wolves need their beauty sleep you know, otherwise they can't huff and puff and blow houses down!

What am I still doing up? I ask myself that same question often.

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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 04:54 PM
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Namaka. Thanks. The pictures look fantastic.
Are you thinking of renting this apartment. I will tell you that I am tempted too.
There are only two of us but I love the location.
You guys are night owls (Matt and Lobo)
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 04:58 PM
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Twit-twoo, twit-twoo.
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 05:23 PM
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Yes. I have email the owner about 5 times with every and any questions regarding the apartment, the area, airport transfers, etc. He responds quickly and with a lot of information. I am sold; especially after reading everyone's posts about the area. We will be there in late June. My old school is having a reunion. Can't wait!
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Old Feb 14th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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Namake. We are going in October. So if you are going before then, please drop me a line
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I have an inquiry into the VIP Eden which is an aparthotel and in a pretty good location. It is reasonable also but not half as nice looking as that place.
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 12:32 AM
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Would be really grateful for any recommendations/suggestions for guided walking tours in both Lisbon and Porto. We can do it ourselves with a map but have often found it more enjoyable to be guided by someone with "local knowledge"
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 01:24 AM
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Hi again and thanks for reposting gj05.

Initially I've found a couple which both leave from the front of Rossio station, details of which can be found here:

http://www.insidelisbon.com/EN/en_pa..._walk_tour.htm
http://www.insidelisbon.com/EN/en_pa..._pub_crawl.htm

I'd suggest contacting them to find out exactly what is included - I have no relationship with them and cannot comment on their tours but worth a look. (Especially the pub crawl ;-)) I'm sure there are more and I'll post some details soon.

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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 01:38 AM
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I wish Fodors had a after post edit function. It's annoying to see the mistakes we have just done I can't do anything about it. May be for next generation of Fodors.

A note to Sher and Namaka about the site Namaka has provided: I think it is quite correct about the information related to Chiado and surrounding areas, with one exception: Rossio railways station is closed, therefore trains for Sintra and Óbidos can not be catched there. The departure for Sintra and Obidos is now from Lisbon-Entrecampos. From Rossio to Entrecampos you have to take the metro (one change) or buses.

As I said before, I'm seeing all day the trains in Lisbon-Entrecampos from my office's window. Just in case you pass nearby, raise and wave your hands and I'll know you are a fodorite

Matt, I did my beauty sleep Now I feel really a bad, bad wolf
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 01:47 AM
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Matt, I think we should try the "pub crawl" to gain first hand experience, before we have authority to suggest it to others ;-)
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 02:08 AM
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Yes, purely for research purposes of course!
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 06:20 AM
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Yes! pub crawl, pub crawl I like that idea.
Thanks Matt, but we do not intend returning to Sintra or Obidos, of course namanka may.


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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 04:09 PM
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yes, I will be returning to Sintra so thanks for that info Lobo Mau. I will also remember to wave as I pass through.

Sher, I'm assuming you wanted me to email you once I returned home; is that correct? Or did you want to get more info now?

I will have to say there is a small glitch holding up the renting process. The owner states that I need to send my deposit through Paypal but says that I have to pay the 45 euros that Paypal charges. Does that sound right? I am hoping it is just some sort of miscommunication or it may make me start to have doubts about him. There was no mention of this fee in any of our correspondence till now. What do you think?
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 04:33 PM
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Hi Namaka
If you wish I may contact the owner and clarify the paypal charges for you
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