Portugal, in general, is very serious about it's important historical accomplishments in navigation and exploration so Jeff and I were able to visit their Maritime Museum and learn a few interesting things. As for our adventure after the Holland America guided tour..well, Jeff was offered drugs and we also got tricked into paying an outrageous amount for bread, processed cheese, butter, and catfish-like pate- we thought it was complimentary, but $15 later we realized it wasn't...lesson learned: nothing is ever free (at least not in Portugal)!
I did fall in love with their glazed tiles and may just have some ideas that I'll share later on front porch.
On another note, we found out that Madeira was the home of Cristiano Ronaldo- so my vote (in case you're asking) is to visit Madeira if you want a Portuguese experience..or the Azores, I hear they're beautiful!
See the glazed tiles? They come in all sorts of different beautiful styles.
This aqueduct boasts the largest Gothic arches in the world- it's in the Guinness book of world records.
Some local children on a field trip (am I sensing a theme?) They make them wear matching hats, we saw yellow and red too.
The bridge was designed by the same engineer that made the Golden Gate Bridge, and the small tower to the right is a miniature replica of the Corcovado in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Holy Spirit Bank....hmmm.