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Saturday, August 4:
Arrive in Lisbon

8:00h-14:00h: Greeted at Lisbon airport by Harvey (trip leader) or Sofia or Patso (local guides), who will provide transportation to the hotel or optional Living Lounge Hostel. Guests stay in a nice 3 star and typically 4 star hotels each day. Some guests have requested staying in the Living Lounge Hostel in the past for something new. 

Lisbon hosts 40 museums, one of the highest concentrations of museums in the world, including the Gulbenkian Museum (with an art collection spanning 5,000 years) and the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum), featuring beautiful ceramic tiles as they would have originally appeared, including a panorama of the cityscape prior to the 1755 earthquake. (The estimated 9.0 magnitude quake destroyed much of Lisbon and wiped out nearly a third of the population.) At the highest point, you’ll find São Jorge Castle, built by the Moors in the 11th century and the royal residence for three centuries. 

Three miles west of downtown Lisbon is Belém, whose structures survived the 1755 earthquake. Erected in the early 16th century, the Monastery of Jerónimos was closed in 1837, forcing the Catholic monks to find creative ways to earn a living. The result is a delectable egg custard tart. Casa Pastéis de Belém is said to continue to use the secret recipe passed down from the monks, and though you can find a decent imitation at nearly any café, it’s worth seeking out the original, served fresh and warm. Nearby, the Belém Tower was a welcome sign for sailors returning from their voyages. Both the monastery and the tower are fine examples of Portugal’s Manueline architecture, featuring decorative, carved stonework.

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16:00h: 5-10k run exploring Lisbon along the waterfront and through the historic Alfama district, noted by travel guru Rick Steves as “one of the most photogenic neighborhoods in all of Europe.” Although its complex corridors and winding alleys were designed to thwart invaders trying to reach the castle, they will provide a fun adventure for our coterie. (The race is dependent on the dates of the trip. 2015 and 2016 groups enjoyed a guided walk from a local expert through the historic district of Lisbon). 

20:00h: Dinner prepared by a local chef: savor a colonial-influenced, authentic Portuguese cuisine, possibly featuring the national dish — salted cod — like a pastel de bacalhau, or fried potato-and-cod croquet.

After dinner, explore the city on your own. Visit local restaurants uphill from the House of Fado Museum to sample Portuguese fado, Lisbon’s traditional folk music describing the fate of lost sailors and the loves they left behind. Catch some of Lisbon's electric nightlife.