Almost all my former colleagues at Transat have done their tour of Portugal, now it’s my turn! I’m taking advantage of the fact that Transat still offers flights to Lisbon in November to go on a little expedition with a folding bike. I’ve booked a room in a posh youth hostel in front of the Tagus for three days and afterwards I’m thinking of taking a train to Faro in the south and up the Atlantic coast to return to Lisbon.

My daughter, Gabrielle, graciously accompanied me to the airport. The check-in for my bike went quickly and without charge (I do not know if it was done on purpose as a gift for a former employee or an oversight ) which allowed me to benefit from the Odyssey Desjardins lounge. The flight went well even though I did not sleep, which means I spent the rest of the day in a constant state of fatigue. I mounted my bike at the airport and took a long diversion to get to the hostel. Unfortunately, my room was not ready but they took my luggage and I left my bike in the lobby. So I spent the rest of the morning and the first half of the afternoon walking around Lisbon. I had an plate of sardines as apetizer a plate of Bacalhau (the famous Portuguese cod) as main course so as you might imagine, I was more than full !

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