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Lisbon, Portugal

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A walk through Lisbon: beginning in Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon, explore the Castle of São Jorge and the Lisbon Cathedral, while keeping an ear open to the local language to see if years of Spanish class can help decode Portuguese. Wander through the narrow lanes of the local streets and look up to see laundry drying on a close line, strung across the street from one house to another – shirts and socks wave in the breeze and create a feeling of home comforts in a foreign city. Head towards Baixa, downtown Lisbon, which consists of a series of squares inviting people to meander through them, and stop occasionally at a café or book store to rest for a few minutes and peruse.

The day carries on and Chaido is next, where a little shopping can be done at either the designer boutiques or funky local stores sprinkled about the district. Enough money spent, it’s time to head for Barrio Alto for a fresh, younger scene, the ideal backdrop for some people watching, while sitting in the window of a one of a kind vegetarian restaurant stuffed with local flavour - a zesty mix of interesting people and intriguing spices, to top off the day.

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