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A May 2009 trip to Lisbon by zabelle

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
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Hotel Mundial

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Hotel Mundial Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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When we started planning this trip I was not the main planner. Our friend Joe and his brother Jim invited us along so I didn’t have my usual control. Jim wanted to do a tour he saw in a travel magazine. I checked on it but in the end found that I could do better for us by booking the flight myself. Having never been to Lisbon I was having a hard time finding a hotel that excited me. I finally booked us at the hotel that the tour used. I knew what I was doing, it was going to be a tourist class hotel and frankly that didn’t thrill me. Up until the last minute I was looking for what I usually find, a 5 star hotel at a 3 star price. Now that I have a better idea of the lay of the land in Lisb...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2009

Hotel Mundial
RUA D DUARTE 4
Lisbon, Portugal
351 21 8842000

Cabo da Roca

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Attraction | "Where the Land Ends and the Sea Begins"

Cabo da Roca Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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When we left Sintra we didn’t have a plan but Victor Emmanuel did. We were going to Cabo da Roca. We had no idea what that was or why we would want to go there but since he had never let us down before, we had no reason to doubt him now.We drove through the country side with a running commentary as usual. Let me tell you there is never a dull moment with Victor Emmanuel. We did find out that we had blown his plan for lunch by eating at the Pena Palace, well okay but if he had plans he should have told us!! Anyway we drove through some towns and through some woods and finally arrived driving down a steep hill to the Atlantic Ocean. As it turns out, Cabo da Roca is the western m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2009

Cabo da Roca

Lisbon, Portugal

The Garden Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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On Day 2 when Victor Emmanuel picked us up at the hotel our first stop of the day was Queluz. This palace is in the outskirts of Lisbon. It is amazing to see Victor Emmanuel in action. He went right up to the head of the line and got tickets for us. Everyone there knew him then he sent us off on our way to tour the palace while he went out doors to visit with the other drivers. This really is how the other half lives. If you have ever been to Versailles you will be struck by the resemblance. The Palace is built in the Rocco style and if not quite as large as Versailles is impressive enough. This isn’t just a historical monument, it is still used top host state dinners and event and also s...Read More
The Pena Palace Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Joe wanted to visit the Pena Palace. Me I had no real plans this was one trip I really never expected to take so I was just going with the flow. The Palacio National de Pena is located in the city of Sintra. Sintra is a very popular destination in its own right. So popular in fact that the heir to the Portuguese throne the Duke of Braganza has his home here. And thanks to Victor Emmanuel we were able to get a very good look at that home. Okay we were royal peeping Toms and yes we took great photos and we loved it. I have to say Victor Emmanuel was quite shocked that we wanted to visit the Pena Palace and not The Sintra National Palace which is located in downtown Sintra and we ...Read More

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)

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Attraction | "One Man's Art Collection"

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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As you can imagine since we traveled with Joe, our first destination after we woke up from our nap was the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Calouste Gulbenkian was an Armenia who made his fortune in petroleum. He amassed a fabulous collection of art and decorative arts during his lifetime. World War II sent him looking for a peaceful place to settle. Portugal remained neutral and he decided to make his home in Lisbon in 1942. This museum is not in the center of town. There are two museums here, one of modern and contemporary art which appeared to be very popular and the more classical museum. The collection spans ancient times to the Impressionists.The museum is set up chronologi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2009

Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
Av. De Berna 45a
Lisbon, Portugal 1067-001
21 782 3000