Monday, August 2, 2010

Mike and Megan's Honeymoon: Day 12 - Well, the Honeymoon's Over...

July 9th

The day of reckoning is near. The honeymoon is almost over and time to get back to the real world...

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I swear they filmed this TV show for 24 hours. It's like a marathon of the Portuguese Regis and Kathy Lee

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Here they are. I love that they didn't bring a chair and table from a set. This was just from a local diner next door.

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The Portuguese Michael Jackson. We saw him walking around town quite a bit and they decided to put him on TV and dance. It was surreal because people were yelling "MICHAEL!" as if he really was Michael Jackson.

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Now to cross the river to get on one of these boats ourselves

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Enter Sandeman. These boats are known as Rabelos and were used to transport the wine from the Douro Valley, 60 miles away, to Porto. Now, it's tourists.

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Ponte Dom Luis by Teofilo Seyfrig from the 1880s. He was a student of Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame

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Little French girls

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Living in Chicago, I've grown to learn what a body recovery from a river looks like. Someone jumped or was dumped it seems...

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Ponte Dona Maria Pia by Gustave Eiffel in 1877 with the Ponte S. João behind it.

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Constructed in 1991 as a modern railroad bridge

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Eiffel again

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Heading back to the Ribeira district

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The Serra do Pilar Monastery

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Still filming the TV show...

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A huge customs house

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Some church from the 1300s. Notice that they ran out of space for a road, so they just built a bridge running parallel to the land

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Ponte de Arrãbida opened in 1963

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Old mansion or something. They don't tear buildings down, they let things remain until someone wants it again. There's a lesson to be learned from that...

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Café Majestic is a very classy place. Too classy for us...

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What? Your building isn't at street level? Build a walkway so it is!

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Last kiss in Portugal after musicians played to us for dinner.

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Porto's airport from the future

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Lisbon (Lisboa) from the sky

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That's where we stayed. Just north of the perfectly squared streets of the Baixa district.

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Megan's sad that the honeymoon is over and we are heading back to the States. Apparently, I didn't get the memo and thought we were just going somewhere else that was awesome. We didn't and now my life is work and groceries again...

Thanks again to everyone for everything related to our wedding! Thanks to all the people who checked out all our honeymoon pics! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Mike and Megan

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