Portugal: Catch Up in Pictures

Last weekend we went to Portugal with some friends from Grant’s program at Hult. 
Here’s the weekend review in pics. 
View from our hotel
Ericeira
Have you ever seen such colors?
Ericeira
Beach
Ericeira
View from Francisco’s beach house
Ericeira
Ericeira
Roadtrip to Sintra
Beach – Cliffs
Ericeira to Sintra
Beach – Cliffs
Ericeira to Sintra
Beach – Cliffs
Ericeira to Sintra

New vs. Old
Ericeira to Sintra
Sweet little man who helped us find parking in the city center
Sintra
{He spoke a bit of Portuguese, Spanish, and French as he gave directions. 
It took 5 of us to understand but we were very thankful for his help!}
Palace of Sintra
Sintra
Sintra
Lisbon
Lisbon
25 April Bridge (1974: Portugal’s Carnation Revolution) {looks like Golden Gate}
Cristo-Rei “Christ the King” {looks like the Jesus in Rio but smaller}
Fishermen
Lisbon
Fishermen
Lisbon
Lisbon
Praca do Comercio
Lisbon
King Jose I
Praca do Comercio
Augusta Street Arch
Praca do Comercio
Rua Augusta
Lisbon
Cafe
Rua Augusta – Lisbon
Found Augusta all the way in Portugal
Lisbon
Don Pedro IV Square
aka “Praca Rossio”
National Theatre
Don Pedro IV Square

aka “Praca Rossio”
Central do Rossio
Lisbon
Eden Hotel
Praca dos Restauradores
Flame-thrower in the street
Lisbon
Street performers
Lisbon
Dinner @ Tromba Rija
Lisbon
Lisbon @ night
Lunch Sunday
Lisbon
{note the Jeronimos Monastery in the background… right of the wine bottle}
Lunch – Belem
Lisbon
Lunch – Belem
{next to the Praca do Imperio and Jeronimos Monastery}
Lisbon
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London… and Paris!

We’ve been busy!

Halloween came and went with several parties (people here love Halloween… who knew?). Hult rented out a bar near the Gherkin for a full-on costume party.

{Grant was a 1970s soccer star. He was a big hit!}

We went to a Swedish birthday party from my classmate Elin–so fun!

I attended a Hillsong London Sisterhood event and met Mrs. Anna Smith, got a signed copy of her book(!) and explored Surrey (perfectly English!).

Wednesday we had dinner first at Wahaca (the only decent Mexican food in London) with Grant’s Peruvian classmates, Alejandro and Fiorella. Then we made our way to the dazzling Lyceum in West End/ Covent Garden.

Grant and I have had a packed week with school, but managed  to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre (beautiful, moving, powerful, and awesome).

             

Tomorrow night Grant has tickets to see Incubus at the Alexander Palace (aka, “The People’s Palace,” aka, “The Ally Pally”) with a fun group of guys from church.

I am attending Hillsong’s VELOCITY Masquerade Boat Party!! The tickets sold out earlier this week!! {There should be 300+ people at this kick-off event!!} I have several classmates coming! And the usual fun crowd from church. It should be amazing, with drinks, nibbles, a DJ, masks, and fireworks on the Thames as we cruise from Embankment to Putney Bridge!!!!

And now for the best bit: WE’RE SPENDING THE WEEKEND IN PARIS! Yep. Can’t wait. We’ve booked our eurostar tickets from King’s Cross/ St. Pancras to Gare du Nord, Paris {from the center of London to the heart of Paris!} Oui oui!

We’re staying in the Eiffel Tower District and plan to see as much as we can before returning Sunday night. I can’t wait! I’ve written too much already. I’ll give you the details of Paris when we get back!

Recoup

Things are going well. Grant actually had strep throat over the weekend {with 102* fever!} but he saw the doc on Monday and is on penicillin. Things are looking up!

We’re both busy with school and group work and presentations and find that our “exploring” phase of London has dwindled significantly – but not completely! Other than trying new venue, pubs, and restaurants, we pretty much crash at home – reading, studying, emailing, facebooking, or blogging. We do have some fun things coming up, though!

My class is having a Halloween party in Seven Sisters (North London)
We’re helping plan this Masquerade Boat Party in November
My family is coming to play in December for Christmas!
Hillsong is having a ridiculous NYE party that we get to help plan and organize
In January we’re having a massive Murder Mystery Party
In February we’re teaming up with Hillsong’s The Gathering for a Valentine’s Day Party
In March we’re heading to Bulgaria for a snowboarding/ ski trip!!

I can hardly contain myself. That’s about all that’s new with us. What’s new with you??