Forgot to mention the Quelez Palace in Lisbon. AMAZING!!!!! We went in the early afternoon and there were-no kidding-8 other visitors there, so we pretty much had this beautiful palace with its ornate rooms, tiled punting canal, and insanely spectacular gardens to ourselves. Costs a whole 5 euros to get in.
Next day-hired an Uber driver off the clock to drive us out to the wild beaches...Azenhas do mar, Cabo da Roca, Colares. He had great info about local eateries and less visited beaches.
New day and back in Lisbon. Made a visit to Cemiterio de Prazeres. If you enjoy cool old funeral crypts and statuary, don't miss this place. Walked around for several hours and then found a wonderful area restaurant with great small plates (octopus, game meatballs) and dee-licious pavlova!!
New day-Uber off to Obidos. If we had gone later in the day,, our experience would have been a bit better...the tour buses were lined up in rows and rows...but, it was still a very cool thing to see. As RS says, you can see all there is to see here in about 2 hours. Ubered from Obidos to a fishing village for local lunch. The food was very good but the village was a dump...too harsh? Well, let me just say it had little to recommend it.
New day in Lisbon-morning visit to Estrela Basilica. Climb the narrow stone stairs to the roof for a wonderful city view. This church is extremely beautiful with many, many interesting things inside.
After our visit, we strolled through a lovely park just across the street that had an old, ornate wood and hand wrought iron gazebo. Then down the hills for a super lunch at a Greek restaurant.
New day-2 hour train ride to Tomar. Yes, the Knights Templar stained glass window is under renovation and so not visible, yes, it is a long day of 4 hours on the train, but...this site blew my mind. I couldn't even begin to describe how fabulous, amazing, intriguing...you get the idea. DO NOT MISS IT!!!!!!
New day-Took a day to do laundry and do some grocery shopping at the local Lidl grocery store. Lazy afternoon and them back to our local restaurant for-you guessed it-more shrimp and fish stew over rice.
New day-1 1/2 hour train ride to Evora and our Air BnB. Visited the oldest Medieval church in Europe (I think that's right), saw the Roman temple ruins, aqueduct with inserted houses, Chapel of Bones (go there in the afternoon-in the morning there was a line 2 hours long to get in, by 2pm I was able to just stroll right in). Bought delicious honey almond nougat from a beautiful lady just outside the chapel...her parents make it. Stumbled upon the Church of Sao Francisco and Igreja de Nosa Senhora de Grace. Yummy crepe lunch. Back to Lisbon the next afternoon.
New day-back in Lisbon. Visited Carmo Convent (great-beautiful), then strolled around and happened into the Bookman statue, Santa Just lift (yeesh-people waiting in huge line to ride it...use the 2 hours you'll save by just looking at it and go elsewhere!!), checked out shopping areas of Embaixada and the Chiado area, then walked down (what-down?!?!) the avenue to the Praca do Comercio and had the almond gelato of my dreams.
Next day-We're up, we're packed, the Uber is ordered for the trip to the airport. Cell phone pings...it's Delta airlines-your flight is delayed 1 hours. OK, bummer, but whatever. 10 minutes later-it's Delta airlines. Your flight has been cancelled. The flight was full, no explanation, no other information.
Now we have to find a place to stay, as our rental is already booked. We have to get a new flight for the next day, I have to change my flight from Boston to my home...