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Nancy Erdly Aug 13, 2015 at 08:03 PM

thinking about it nancy erdly

Susan Alves May 30, 2015 at 10:55 PM

I'm going on this Portugal trip 10/31 to 11/9. Is anyone else going then.
Martin Fried Jun 24, 2015 at 04:19 PM

Martin Fried Jun 25, 2015 at 08:47 AM

I am going, but leaving from Miami
Susan Alves Jun 25, 2015 at 01:09 PM

Wonderful!! I look forward to meeting you, Martin. I think the trip will be great

karen cassin May 24, 2015 at 04:13 PM

Hello- I am going on Best of Portugal 10/8-10/17 leaving from JFK. would love to hear from others

Pamela Syfert May 09, 2015 at 03:30 PM

I am taking the "Best of Portugal" trip September 29-28. Would be interested in connecting with others on that trip.
Pamela Syfert May 09, 2015 at 03:33 PM

Sorry for the typo. The trip is September 19-28, 2015.
Inga Vesik Aug 18, 2015 at 07:30 PM

HI, My husband Jay and I will be on your Portugal trip.

Linda Bursack Mar 23, 2015 at 11:48 AM

We're also taking the Portugal program but plan on heading to Road Scholar's Balkans program after that. See you soon in Portugal.
Lin and Barney Bursack - San Antonio
Rebecca Dixon Mar 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Linda, since you said your are "also" doing the Portugal program (I assume you mean between May 2-11) does that mean you are doing Independent Barcelona the week before Portugal?
Linda Bursack Mar 23, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Hi, Rebecca, "also" as in "us, too!" But we've enjoyed Barcelona on earlier
Linda Bursack Mar 23, 2015 at 12:08 PM

. . . trips and always made lots of time for visiting Gaudi's architecture. Nothing like it in Chicago!

Toni Kestenbaum Feb 16, 2015 at 03:47 PM

For free time when in Barcelona, take a train day-trip to Girona. It's a wonderful little town with a spectacular modern museum covering the history of the Jewish community there (prior to the Inquisition). It doesn't matter whether you are Jewish or not! We missed visiting Figueres, and regreted it (great Dali architechture). Also, eat a Taller de Tapas, preferably the one near the Cathedral, though there are others. Also, shop at a little Danish chain store, "Tiger", pronounced "Tee-Jay". Enjoy! Barcelona is the very best!!

Rebecca Dixon Jan 24, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Hello--I'm taking the May 3-11, 2015 Best of Portugal trip, following my RS trip with Independent Barcelona April 24-May 2. Anyone else doing that?
Toni Kestenbaum Feb 12, 2015 at 04:37 PM

We combined the two trips in the Fall of 2014, but we did. Portugal first and spent 5 days on our own in Barcelona.the
Toni Kestenbaum Feb 12, 2015 at 04:44 PM

This email posted too quickly! I was going to say that the Portugal was really well-signed and that our leader, Helen, was FANTABULOUS!!
Toni Kestenbaum Feb 12, 2015 at 04:50 PM

And, Barcelona is amazing. Beautiful, clean, full of happy, welcoming people and GREAT ART. We loved having the extra 5 days.Have a great time!
Rebecca Dixon Feb 12, 2015 at 06:34 PM

Thanks, Toni. That's encouraging, esp. since these are my first experiences with RS.
Laura Peyton Feb 16, 2015 at 09:28 AM

Rebecca, My husband Sandy and I are going on this same trip. We are doing Barcelona independently and then hooking up with the Roads Scholar Portugal trip. We did one other RS in Ireland last year and LOVED it, so looking forward to this one, too. We are in Atlanta.
Rebecca Dixon Feb 16, 2015 at 03:10 PM

Hello, Laura. So glad to meet a fellow traveler. RS doesn't meet us "independent" types at the Barcelona airport. My schedule is O'Hare to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Barcelona. Per chance are you on Lufthanza 1126 to B'lona? RS also booked me from B'lona to Lisbon on Tap Portugal 1051 May 3 at 10:25am. Might you all be on THAT flight?.

Romaine T Sep 25, 2014 at 04:40 PM

I am going on this trip October 25-November 3rd. Would love to hear from others and their travel plans to Lisbon.
Liz Konold Sep 25, 2014 at 05:15 PM

Hi - I went last year and tacked on an extra 2 days in Lisbon at the beginning of the trip. There are 2 'bus tours' (red & blue) available that were excellent. Extra time allowed me to tour three museums not on the RS tour, see more of the city, wander streets & eat in family-run cafes. I highly recommend an extra day or two if you can do it.
Romaine T Sep 26, 2014 at 02:17 PM

Hi Liz, Thanks for these tips. I have already booked up flight and didn't build in extras. Because this trip has flex time. Would there be time to do one of the bus tours you mentioned for a half day? Also, what would you recommend for transportation from Lisbon airport to hotel?
Liz Konold Sep 26, 2014 at 05:06 PM

The RS tour does a bus trip similar to the "red bus" tour. I don't think you could fit in the other one, though. The 'blue bus' went out to the 1998 World Expo area, which I found interesting & I stopped and spent time at the Tile museum. Loved the Gulbenkian Museum. I think you have to tour the castle on your own. Loved (!) Coimbra, the university town---wished that there had been more time there. This tour is a good "overview" which is all one can expect from in just 1 week

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