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Sunday, October 21, 2018 | Angela / Mike Woltering | Europe

Our second rest day - A tour through the city of Lisbon

Lisbon is a fantastic city!
Starting out with some information about the city's history...
... we went to see one of the famous trams going up the steep hills. But to my surprise, nobody wanted to ride it but rather see it running up. Well then guys - challenge the steep uphill
Only one of the many graffitis on the way up
Some of Lisbon's houses are all tiled-up
This church has "lost" its roof in the 1755 earthquake. The walls mostly remained and have been refurbished only during the past couple years
The elevador Santa Justa was our next highlight
Where the river Tejo meets the ocean
Paintings, painted tiles, and "painted" arms
As a last highlight of our Lisbon-Tour we went up to the Castelo de S. Jorge. Lining up for visiting the tower and the camera obscura inside it. Apart from the fantastic view from the castle's wall, this "hidden" view from inside over the city is the best of all.

Along the Portuguese coast line - From Faro to Sines 

Lagos and the famous Algarve coast
Today, Mike was taking care of our lunch with a picnic
A great riding day that started out with a little bit of rain, rewarded us with a fabulous sunset at our hotel in Sines

A city tour through Malaga before the Christopher Colombus Tour

Autumn is a great time to extend your riding season in the south of Spain. And Andalusia is the province most attractive for riders to start a motorcyle tour.

This time the members of our group are all from the USA, and Mike and Cleve have decided to come a day earlier to see Malaga.
Very impressive in the new port of Malaga were these replicas of medieval sailing ships
The port of Malaga of the past
And the port of Malaga today

The first riding day from Malaga to Sevilla

Enough sightseeing - everyone was excited to get out riding on the first day. A first stop to relish the view of the Mediterranean.
Holly can't get lost - you simply need to listen where the music is riding ...
We're all safe - with Cleve the very in-official police officer
Can you find the flaw in this picture?
Ronda was our first highlight to be visited. It is said that the town situated on the cliff is the cradle of the modern type of bullfighting. But the first view off the cliff is overwhelming enough for the moment
Andalusia stands for incredible roads to ride a motorcycle - the landscape is the attraction
Zahara de la Sierra - only one of the very many "pueblos blancos"

Our first rest day - a tour through the city of Sevilla

What an awesome day we had walking Sevilla
The walk along the river Guadalquivir took us first to the Torre de l'oro
The river has been partially diverted and this part of it is only used for sportive activities
Next along the way was Seville's very interesting bullfighting arena "La Maestranza"
In the museum you learn a lot about the beginnings of the bullfighting.
We also learned many unknown facts about the matador and his artful work.
This is the chapel in which the matadors do their prayers the minute before the bullfight starts
And finally there it was - the bullfighting ring. What a strange feeling to stand there and imagine that it is normally the matador and the bull in there ...
The bull's "entrance door"
Later in the afternoon the line of people queuing for entrance tickets had disappeared and so we could see Christopher Columbus' tomb
One of the views from the cathedral's tower "Giralda"
We're in Spain - of course, a little olive oil tasting shouldn't be missed out on
Our evening promised to be at least as exciting. After our paella dinner we went to see a Flamenco dance show

We're changing countries today - From Spain to Portugal

Nice little town to stop for a coffee break.
Dana, Kristi, Steve and Blake going for a selfie with a view!
Doug taking a photo of Mike and Cleve.
Sadly we weren’t allowed to take photos of the 3D painting inside of the monastery. So I’d say you have to visit it by yourself for that!
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