Day 22: Wednesday
We have left no stone unturned and covered 28 stops in 22 days, walked/jogged/hiked a total distance of 134kms and driven over 2000kms of Portugal by Camper Van!
(Lisbon, Sintra, Ericeira, Peniche,Baleal, Lourinhã, Fig de foz, Madalena, Porto, Aveiro Barra, Nazare, Cascais, Setubal, Vila nova de milifontes, Lagos, Praia da Luz, Sagres, Carrapateira, Faro, Albufeira, Bordeira, Arrifana, Aljezur, Carvoeiro, Portimao, Praia de Rocha, Alvor, Praia da Guincho) 28 towns/cities
Its our Final day in Portugal and final stop to the Lisbon city Center. We return the Camper Van Back to Sintra MCRent. I can see Wills excitement about stopping and handing the keys back… hooray the vehicle is back in one piece (with a deep sigh of relief) we still took the excess waiver just incase.
Holding our breath they do the vehicle inspection and literally check for every nick and scrape… we have come out unscathed (Fist pump right now)
We load our Baggage into the van to take us to the airport, our flight is only at 9pm so we keep our bags in the safe lockers and work out the best way into the city center.
Our options are Metro but it’s an hour trip and you have to change lines. Bus but it’s 45min and you also will be changing lines (and we know how that one turned out back in Porto!) so we go for “door number 3” catch an Uber into the city center.
Not all our bags fit into the lockers as they will only accept closed suitcases and we have 3 canvass carrier bags with pillows, spare clothing, toys that we need to carry around with us pack horse style.
Our Uber driver is fascinating, so well informed and gives us a short tour and history lesson about Lisbon. (No need for the hop on hop off bus we were planning!) We have been warned about the pockpocketers and opportunists.
We take a walk down the foot paths and to the marina. Stop for an overpriced Lunch in the town square. My salad of green leaves and half a tomato, Wills Portugese steak and Daniels Orange Juice came out at a whopping 35Euros. Sadly they must see so many people it felt like a sausage factory of people in and out, no personal interest, no pride in what they were serving and really just no care. A final coffee in a local restaurant and onward bound to the airport.
Back to the airport we have a final coffee (at Starbucks) and fetch our bags, re package them and have them wrapped. We are ushered through “fast track” because we have kids but I now realize fast track is only really a place where they can tuck parents with kids and strollers away to swab every item in your hand luggage including baby’s food and pram. It really is no fast track at all. ONE THING AT A TIME 😉 ONE MOMENT PLEASE…
I will miss our morning coffees on the slow gas cooker and learning to move around one another in a mini home. Even the simplicity of learning to use one pot and one pan has even become a new way of life.
I will even miss the random conversations in the melting pot that campsites become when people from different countries pitch their tents next to one another.
I will miss the slow life Portugal showed us but am determined to bring part of that life home with us.
Our little James got his two first teeth in Portugal, he learnt his first Portugese word which he shouted to everyone he saw “OLA” and then his second word that followed was “ROAR” like his dinosaurs!
Our Daniel surfed Portugal, tasted Portugese Orange Juice at every opportunity and gained a great deal of confidence through exploring the big world.
Obrigado Portugal for an unforgettable adventure!