Happy Australia Day!!

Jackie and I are in Lisbon now, on the last day of the mainland Europe leg of our trip. Tomorrow we head to England to catch up with some friends and relatives before heading to California.
I’ll keep this blog short since it hasn’t been long since the last one, and Vikkee, I know how you don’t read the long ones anyway. 😉

From Marrakesh where we last posted, we made the journey back to Seville where we spent a night before continuing on to Portugal. Our first stop was the Algarve beach town of Lagos, where we were planning on just stopping through for one night since we figured it would be cold like the south of Spain. To our surprise and pleasure however, upon arrival we discovered it to be relatively warm and very sunny, and decided to extend our stay to 2 nights. Lagos is a small town that is packed in summer, but quiet in the winter, so we had the beaches almost to ourselves whilst we caught a little sun and even went for a quick dip! We also spent an evening at the local pub, Three Monkeys, where we chatted to the barman and his girlfriend and had a lot of free alcohol – including a cocktail called the ‘the Slugger’ that Jackie (and then me) had to skull through a straw. 🙂

From Lagos, we got the bus up to Lisbon where we have spent the last 2 nights. It’s quite a small city – in fact, surprisingly small for a capital. We’ve wandered around, relaxed a little, and tried out the famous Portuguese Pasties de Nata (custard pasties) in the suburb of Belem (Bethlehem) which are apparently the best in Portugal. Where we are staying is right in the center of town, but still a short walk from the Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge), where we headed on our first afternoon for a look around, and amazing views over the city. It turns out that Lisbon has a copy of the Golden Gate Bridge called the Iron Gate (although I’m not sure who copied who!) so don’t get confused by the photos of that. 😉

I’ll leave this blog at that to keep all of you with short attention spans happy!
Have a great Australia day to all of you back in Sydney.

Ben and Jackie

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