Europe, Portugal, Travel

One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

What some people don't realise is that when you're a crew member of a ship you're technically not getting paid to travel the world; you're getting paid to work, and the travel is a side bonus. On the day in question that we arrived in Lisbon, sailing down the river to be greeted with beautiful… Continue reading One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

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One Day in the Azores

Do you ever have one of those days that you just feel AMAZINGLY LUCKY AND HAPPY ALL DAY LONG? The day I visited The Azores Islands in Portugal was one of those days for me. We'd left the port of Martinique six days ago, and had been sailing across the Atlantic Ocean ever since, ending… Continue reading One Day in the Azores

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Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in the Azores, Portugal

The Azores, owned by Portugal but lying in the Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles West of the mainland, is one of the prettiest places I had ever seen. The island we docked on, São Miguel, is the largest and greenest of the nine islands making up this archipelago, filled with lush rolling hills, sweeping mountainous… Continue reading Exploring the Abandoned Monte Palace Hotel in the Azores, Portugal

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What NOT to do in Lisbon

Our ship sailed into Lisbon one midday in April, gliding underneath a red suspension bridge which looked suspiciously similar to the Golden Gate Bridge and past the Statue of Christ the King (ie, not Christ the Redeemer as they have hanging out in Brazil) high on a hill overlooking the river. The springtime sun was… Continue reading What NOT to do in Lisbon

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What to do in Funchal, Madeira

My pre-conceived idea of Madeira was that although in pictures it seems very beautiful, it's also an island for mostly rich, retired people who want somewhere warm to hang out but also somewhere classier than your usual island getaway. (I.e. The Lanzarotes and Tenerifes of this area). Turns out, there is so much more to… Continue reading What to do in Funchal, Madeira