Exploring the Miradouros of Lisbon

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The Portuguese often refer to Lisbon as the cidade das sete colinas, or “city of the seven hills.” This is not an exaggeration as we found out on our first day.  Climbing all of the stairs in Lisbon was a challenge, but the outstanding views from the top make the trips worthwhile. Each miradouro offers different perspectives of the city, with panoramic views of popular landmarks from the castle down to the river. Continue reading

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Exploring the Miradouros of Porto

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Porto – with its well worn buildings, colorful facades, and red rooftops that dot the hillside along the river Douro; is extremely photogenic whether you’re wandering through the streets or taking in the views from above.  There are many lookouts with different vantage points over Porto. These places are called miradouros in Portuguese and are usually high points with clear sights of popular landmarks amongst the sea of rooftops. These hilltop terraces are popular with locals and visitors for their panoramic views.  Here are a few of our favorite places for the perfect sweeping vista of the city: Continue reading

Day 5: On the Road in Lisboa

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Lisbon with its many steep hills has lots of great look-out points. These miradouros are public plazas where visitors can rest their weary feet while admiring a magnificent view of the city. Miradouro de Santa Luzia is a terrace overlooking the Tagus river and the houses in the Alfama area.  The long hanging vines and ceramic tiles not only provide some much welcome shade during a hot day, but also a romantic backdrop for many lovers.

Photo of the Week: Taft Point

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Taft point is one of the lookout points at Yosemite National Park with an uninterrupted view of the valley below.  If you are brave, you can walk all the way to the edge and look over the precipice.  That little dot in the middle, sitting on the overhang is Fausto. Did I mention that there are no railings? Since this place is less crowded than Glacier point, we found a quiet place to sit and admire the breathtaking vista. 

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Photo of the Week: Accomplishment

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Kauai is beautiful – from the vast Waimea canyon to the breathtaking Na Pali coastline. The most memorable part of the trip  for me, however, was at the top of the Wai’ale’ale lookout.  This picture was taken on our trip to Hawaii after my many surgeries.  I was still recovering, so any kind of physical activity was difficult and tiring.  My short ‘hike’ from the car to the lookout point was quite an accomplishment, and I remembered feeling like I was on top of the world.

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