So, as you may or may not (where have you been?!) know, we embarked on our second cruise just last month, for 10 nights aboard P&O's ship, Azura.
We left Southampton late afternoon, spent a couple of days at sea, giving us time to explore the ship and see what it had to offer us.
Our first port of call was Lisbon, Portugal. We had already booked an excursion for this port, which involved a coach trip to the walled village of Óbidos.
The steep, narrow cobbled streets and quaint gift shops make Óbidos a unique and interesting place to visit. Unfortunately, during the majority of our visit, it rained, which did put a bit of a downer on the trip, because when you're not used to the steep, slippery terrain of the cobbled streets, you find yourself a little apprehensive about straying too far and keep your pace slow.
Nevertheless, it was fun to browse all of the wares in the many shops and we discovered that cork was a popular material of choice for purses, handbags e.t.c.
Also on offer in Óbidos is their local liqueur, Ginja - a morello cherry liqueur which is served in a little chocolate cup! It was very sweet and a little too strong for my liking. I enjoyed eating the cup, though!
After our excursion, we had a few hours left in port so we decided to walk in to the city centre, planning to visit some shops e.t.c. It was extremely busy, loud and not all that nice. There were lots of dilapidated buildings, graffiti (some of which was pretty creative - see below) and car horns beeping!
We arrived at one of the squares to take some photos and Dean was approaching by a local with something in his hand; not understanding him, Dean politely declined whatever he was offering and the guy assured him it was "very good stuff"! So, more than likely, drugs - lovely. We snapped a couple of photos then headed back to the ship... Overall, pretty disappointed with Lisbon. If it had been a quieter day and we'd given it a chance, perhaps we'd have liked it more.