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Lisbon

Our last destination on this trip was Lisbon. We caught a night train out of San Sebastian and spent the next 14 hours heading south to Portugal.

Lisbon is an interesting city. At first sight, it seems to be a tired place. The buildings are crumbling (although somehow still have a cheerful demeaner) and there isn't a level sidewalk or road in any inch of the place.

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That said, on closer inspection one realizes that Lisbon has a very artsy soul. In all the run down buildings are art colleges, architecture firms, furniture designers etc.

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In addition to this, the people in Lisbon are supremely laid back. Everyone seems to stroll around with no cares in the world. It was refreshing to be around such a mellow community. A bonus was the plentiful and very cheap vinos to enjoy!

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For our last day in Portugal, we took a train to the coast (Lisbon sits on the banks of the Tagus River) to spend a day in Cascais. It's a small and very charming beach town about an hour away from Lisbon.

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We followed the coast out of Cascais for awhile to find some very unique geography. This area is full of volcanic rock and the coast was quite impressive to behold.

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Cascais was a great way to spend our last day in Europe.

Posted by ReneeJared 20:54 Archived in Portugal

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