16 May 2024

Portugal Trip 2024

  1. Crossing the pond… Take #2 May 14, 2024

    It was the beginning of a 7 city trip. Clearly has become 8 cities now. The 11pm flight last night from Boston got delayed to 2am. That is the bad news. The good news is that they canceled the flight altogether at midnight. Overnight stay in Boston and rerouted thru Amsterdam now.

    Let’s see if I got my country count right – USA to Netherlands to Portugal to Poland to Czech Republic to United Kingdom back to USA.

    The only thing I have learned from all these years of flying is to take a Zen like attitude towards flight disruptions. I will get there when I get there. Else I will get somewhere else!!

    Now for the second attempt to cross the pond.

  2. Taking in a bit of Boston during the unscheduled layover May 14, 2024

  3. Right there is one of the most favorite spots for the Roy family May 15, 2024

    That beach you can see thru the clouds is Estoril. About 30 minutes train ride from Lisbon (Cais Do Sodre). The walks on the boardwalk from the terminus station Cascais (a bit dark because of the shadow of the cloud) to Estoril with the family are absolutely some of the most cherished memories I have of Portugal. The colorful houses and the cobblestone lanes in Cascais are a sight to behold. Also, the boardwalk has a lot of restaurants and wine shops to sit down and enjoy the views on the way.

    The first time I had come to this place was over two decades back. I was exploring Portugal by myself that time. There was a new mall that had come up outside CasCais train station. I had gone in to check out the food court there and the first place I ran into was an Indian restaurant!! Wonder if it is still there!

  4. The beautiful city of Lisboa May 15, 2024

  5. Have you ever seen this anywhere? May 15, 2024


    For a moment I thought you just park a small part of your car – not the whole of it! This is in Lisbon airport parking lot. I do not think even the driver’s side front wheel of those pickups I see in Georgia will fit in these spots!

    Apologize for the quality of the picture. Took it while walking to the car.

  6. River Tagus May 15, 2024

    This is near the famous Torre De Bellem. While this is called River Tagus, in reality it is more like the estuary before it dumps itself in the Atlantic. Parts of this river becomes 10km wide!!

  7. Those beautiful purple trees May 15, 2024

    Reminded me of Antigua in Guatemala! The whole of this road (Rue Castilho) is lined with these trees on either side.

  8. Decided to take the ferry to cross the river May 15, 2024

    The city on the other side is Barreiro. The boat ride was not that enjoyable. It is a huge ferry ship and there is no sitting space out in the open. Not a great way to enjoy the views.

  9. Fairly quaint town of Barreiro May 15, 2024

  10. The beaches were fairly rocky and pretty much empty May 15, 2024

  11. Lisbon, from across the river May 15, 2024

  12. The eating places on the cobblestone streets reminded me of Valetta, Malta May 15, 2024

  13. The famous square of Praco Do Comercio May 15, 2024