Charles de Gaulle to Lisbon Airport to Porto, Portugal

The flight to Paris was magical sitting next to a delightful young couple from NYC happily married for several years and newly pregnant. It made the trip go and I got her extra bottle of wine. What more can you ask for!

But then I got off the plane. Charles de Gaulle is one busy place. They have one level for gates and a lower level in the middle of the floor for food courts, restrooms, and other services.

Grateful the layover was brief I quickly boarded for my next flight. Since my Delta flight was late I was placed on another airline which shall remain nameless. What wonderful flight attendants they have but check out the leg room.

Sitting in the back row proved claustrophobic and when a large man sat next to me I closed my eyes pretending I wasn’t there appreciative it was a short flight.

Lisbon Airport, (or Lisboa), was friendly and easy to maneuver. This was an indication of what was to come. Items of necessity were well defined with congestion limited.

In the Airport I switched out my Sim Card at an airport store for 20 Euros and was connected to WIFI for navigation, (or so I thought). Talked into taking a hybrid car by the charming rental car salesperson, (another mistake), I was on my way.

First Stop.. Fatima

The travel company who developed this Fly/Drive Package gave succinct directions on what to see in the 6 days at Porto and Lisbon, Portugal. While Fatima was not on the itinerary, and I had been before, I revisited.

For those unaware this is a place where the Blessed Mother appeared. Peaceful and reverent here are some pictures which depict that.

Berlin Wall

Leaving Fatima Waze told me she had no wifi so following signs to Porto I stopped at an Aldi’s once in Porto. Finding my way to the hotel the manager explained WAZE works on phone numbers and Google Maps uses the internet. Henceforth I was to become a Google Maps Girl. Lessons learned.

Hope she makes you laugh!

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