The Best of Portugal

    Day 1

    Day 1 – September 3, 2002 – Flight to Frankfurt and Lisbon

    We left home at 11:30 or so and went to Denver to see Nanny, my mother in law. We took her some things, a plant and visited her for 15 minutes. We then decided to get on the...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - September 4, 2002 - Arrive Lisbon

    We got to Frankfurt, Germany at 12:20 PM and we had to ride a bus to get close to the terminal. Once in the terminal, we rushed to the other side of the airport to get to gate A-14 and there...

    Day 3

    Day 3 - September 5, 2002 - Lisbon to Albufeira (2)

    We had gotten the wake up call at 7, luggage out by 7:45 and then breakfast. Breakfast at the hotel was excellent. The bread was great as was the cheese and the coffee was very dark just the way...

    Day 4

    Day 4 – September 6, 2002 – Algarve Excursion

    During the night, the temperature of the area went down into the high 40's – COOL!We slept with our door open and we could hear the bars down by the beach with their music.

    We got a wake up call at...

    Day 5

    Day 5 - September 7, 2002 - Albufeira to Evora

    We got up at 7:30 with our wake-up call. After a shower and packing, we had the two suitcases out the door and went down for breakfast. As yesterday, coffee, juice, great Portuguese bread, jelly, butter and cheese. One could...

    Day 6

    Day 6 - September 8, 2002 - Evora to Viseu

    We woke up this morning early (6:30) and went to the fourth floor for breakfast. Mom had nothing and I had the usual bread, butter, cheese and jelly with coffee and real orange juice.

    We got in the bus at...

    Day 7

    Day 7 - September 9, 2002 - Viseu to Oporto

    We slept with the window open and it was nice and cool. We got up this morning with our usual wake-up call. It came at 7:05 AM and we were dead asleep. We had 45 minutes to get the luggage...

    Day 8

    Day 8 - September 10, 2002 - Oporto

    A 7:30 wake up call and then a nice continental breakfast. Their bread is always excellent and with butter, strawberry jam and cheese it is a nice breakfast. Juice, some fruit, yogurt it is a nice way to start the day.

    We...

    Day 9

    Day 9 - September 11, 2002 - Oporto to Tomar

    We had an early morning, 6:30 wake up, and then out by 8. It was cool as we stood to get on the bus but the day ended up to be a scorcher. Hottest day we have had in Portugal....

    Day 10

    Day 10 - September 12, 2002 - Tomar to Lisbon

    Wake-up call was at 7 AM and then a nice continental breakfast. Problem was that there were four tours in the same hotel and there were many people trying to get breakfast with us.

    We had 45 minutes to get...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - September 13, 2002 - Lisbon

    We got up, had our breakfast and were out of the hotel at 8:45 on a sightseeing venture with our guide, Jouiz. She is the regular tour guide for the Best of Portugal trip but is expecting a little girl in December....

    Day 12

    Day 12 - September 11, 2002 - Lisbon to USA

    We got the wake-up call at 4 AM and I was sleeping very soundly. We were out of the room by 4:37 and as we got to the lobby the concierge called the taxi that Trafalgar had booked for us....

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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