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I see palm trees and green leaves AND people wearing coats. I thought the Portuguese were a hardy people.

BTW - Toronto has just shoveled out from thirty centimeters of snow. Damn, your neighbourhood looks wonderful.
John, for us 50F is very cold...We actually have people die of cold when the temperature drops bellow 40F...Its true.

This is one of the reasons I suffer so much when I go to the US in the Winter, or Canada (any time of the year )....

Once the temperature drops bellow 30F I have very bad pain in my bones and lungs..not built for that..I guess.

That is why I can't understand why and how you guys do it..for me its very painfull.

I wear a jacket too, but today I did not, just a fleece and a shirt.

Yesterday when sailing I was OK with just a shirt.
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Great tour! I love Cascais.

Do you ever go to Viriato's? At a corner to the right about a hundred meters ahead of the black car taking Avenida Vasco da Gama. No fancies, but the yamiest codfish specialities! And I am aware that is a lot to say in Lisbon! My wife and I stayed at Hotel Palacio (I take from your description that it's not far from your place. Is it?), but drove to Viriato's for dinner every evening. Next time I'll know about the ice cream!

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Yes, 27...I know Viriato...been there many times...

The Palacio Hotel is 300 yards from Fred's school and 1/4 mile from my house.

Funny I was going to take photos of downtown Estoril, and got lazy...I wanted to go home....

next time I will take more from Estoril, the Carcavelos beach, and the MARGINAL, the road that goes to Lisbon side by side with the coast.
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You know what is so funny, when I go to America, many people I meet don't know where Portugal is..

Many envision Portugal like very dirty and old and ugly, with short women with moustaches....

I met a guy once that thought we lived in straw huts...I kid you not...

I am not as Patriotic as the average American, but I do love Portugal, and what it has to offer and owns...it's a really simple un-complicated nice place to live in.

So I like to show Portugal, so people can have a better understanding of my place...I really hope you guys like it.
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You know what is so funny, when I go to America, many people I meet don't know where Portugal is..

Many envision Portugal like very dirty and old and ugly, with short women with moustaches....

I met a guy once that thought we lived in straw huts...I kid you not...

I am not as Patriotic as the average American, but I do love Portugal, and what it has to offer and owns...it's a really simple un-complicated nice place to live in.

So I like to show Portugal, so people can have a better understanding of my place...I really hope you guys like it.

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Thanks for the photos! It is always great to see how other people live. As I have told you before, you should be working for the Portuguese tourism board.
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Giu,
I like it a lot. You're right, many Americans are geographicaly challenged. When I traveled over much of Europe I was always impressed at how many people spoke English. I often wondered what they though of us when they visited here and could not communicate in their language. How many people here have you me who spoke Portugese? None I'll bet unless they were from there originally.
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Yes us Canadians all live in igloos it snows all year and we use dog sleds to get to work killing seals.
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By sheerest coincidence, I live in a Portuguese-speaking neighbourhood in Toronto, but the people here all came from villages in the Azores, the Portuguese equivalent of Newfoundland. So when I tried my Portuguese out in Lisbon, they said I sounded like an old peasant, and when I got back here, the locals said I sounded like a rich bastard from the mainland.

You can't win some days.
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Giu: "That is why I can't understand why and how you guys do it..for me its very painfull."

Someone I worked with many years ago traced his ancestors to United Empire Loyalists. Loyalists were people who remained loyal to England in the American Revolution and subsequently had to leave. Most came to Canada (Ontario, New Brunswick or Nova Scotia) but my friend mentioned his ancestors had been offered Bermuda as well. He never could understand why they chose Ontario over Bermuda (the conversation took place during winter no doubt).
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