Yes, we are in Portugal but ,no, my Big Hike hasn't started yet. Stay tuned, that will begin exactly one week from now!
We are finding Lisbon to be bustling but not frantic, with its vintage cable cars clanking up and down its hills, inviting outdoor cafes, grand squares, and an "old town" with a maze of narrow streets.
One evening, we squeezed into a tiny restaurant where "Fado," the plaintive folk music of Lisbon, was sung by a variety of performers, including the kitchen crew!
I did get in some good walking today when we visited two palaces and a Moorish castle high on the hill above the town of Sintra. We rode the bus up and walked back down through beautiful forests.