Portugal Summary

So, how was the trip? Many friends told us how much they loved Portugal. Our expectations were high. While we could have done most of the trip on our own, being on a tour with a guide who is a fount of knowledge, having hotels booked, luggage handled, and transportation between all the sights makes travel very easy. The only downside this trip was that the group was pretty large, 23 folks.

We have been spoiled in the past because our previous Smartours trips were 7, 9 and 18 travelers and we found that everyone really jelled well. This time, there were 18 women and only 5 men and some came in groups together. They pretty much stayed together, so it left others on the outside. We didn’t mind much, as we love to be together as a couple. We entertain each other very well.

The discussion on the way back to Lisbon after seeing the Algarve was whether we would do another Smartours trip. Although we have a trip booked in May to Japan, it isn’t with this company. However, we would definitely consider another Smartours journey, especially if it isn’t too large of a group. Here’s hoping…

As for Portugal itself, it was enjoyable but not the wow we were hoping for, despite the raves from many friends. The history of Portugal is tied closely with the Catholic church. After we saw our umpteenth church, monastery, and convent, we wanted to see more. We did like the architecture, the design of the sidewalks, and the people. The typical Portuguese food was just okay. The port and beer were fabulous and definitely saved the food. When we had other cuisines, we definitely enjoyed them more. All in all, it was a good trip, just not steller!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading my blog. I really do it to remind us of where we have been and what we have done. If others want to travel with us vicariously, that is great, too. Thanks for your comments. Until the next time…

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