Lisbon, Portugal

We docked at Lisbon (the capital). It was a clean, well built dock quite different from the Tahitian dock. We went inside the terminus and as usual it started raining cats and dogs! When it stopped we hired a taxi to the shops. As we walked along we noticed the pavements were made of about four inch square stones, black-and-white, set into patterns.

The “shops” were extremely small and had about three storeys on top of them, gargoyles dripping water from the top. Most of them were either souvenir shops or Omega watch shops. We walked further on into a big square with someone’s statue in it, surrounded by blooming flowers.

We took a tram to the top of a hill and went to a lookout. We saw a panorama view of Lisbon (a bit like Naples) with a tile map table as well. We walked through some narrow cobblestone streets on to ground level and had a gruelling walk home.

In the afternoon we went to Estoril in a taxi with a driver who couldn’t speak English. It was a beautiful place with a wide bay view.

Too cold to swim

A miserable day today, too cold to swim so we played indoors. I finished Ash Road, so I couldn’t read. In the end I found John. We played at spies and we tracked a girl down for a very long time.

Early bed tonight, Lisbon tomorrow.

Southampton’s near

We went in the pool today and it was 75 degrees.

I learned timber hitch in Scouts today (it’s a good job Southampton’s near because John and I are the only ones coming!) We saw two documentaries in the afternoon but we had to go to tea on the third one.

We win a prize

Today we had the Children’s Fancy Dress, Amanda and I went as a company of Porthole Cleaners, but we had put all the signs where the audience couldn’t see them (we thought it was like the grown ups).

After that we had a tea party. I had roast turkey, jelly, assorted cakes, Northern Star Party Cake and orange and lime cordial. Then it came to the Groups prize winners “And number 102 the band of Porthole Cleaners …” we received a set of draughts each, from the captain. As we went out Mandy got a bag of glacier mints for us, free.

Tour of the bridge

At 10:45am today we went to a tour of the bridge. There weren’t many knobs, dials, buttons and switches, considering it was the nerve centre of a passenger liner. We saw a sailor steer the ship.

We went in the pool at last and it was cool. When we got out we watched the hilarious adults’ sports.

I pass my Tenderfoot test

We saw a film called “Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery” but it broke down for about four minutes, I thought it was in two parts so I went to Scouts (passed my Tenderfoot, but I have to take Law and Promise again) but I’ll see it again tonight.

John said he needed greaseproof paper for fancy dress but the head waiter had not got any. At teatime our waiter brought 51 sheets of 2 ft by 3 ft greaseproof paper, but nutty John wanted aluminium foil but he didn’t know the name!

Steel band

We went to see a lovely film called Born Free and it was a true story about three lion cubs.

John and Paul and us are thinking of making a steel band, because daddy bought me a steel drum and John’s got one too. Amanda got a lovely necklace from mummy. We can also play the maracas.

I passed my flags and Scout Promise and Law, in Scouts and I will finish my Tenderfoot tomorrow.

Trinidad

We went along the coast before berthing at Port of Spain, and it was dense green forest on hills which went right down to the water’s edge. It was hot on shore, we were with the Waites and they had left their fruit ashore because of the Trinidad Law so we got thirsty. We hired a taxi.

The first place we went to was a shanty town, made out of iron, wood, scrap metal, leaves, anything that was handy. Shacks dotted everywhere. Dad tried to take a photograph but they wanted money. All round was dense green foliage, right up to the road, I don’t know how they got a road going through. We saw a cocoa plantation and we brought one back, they are green and like a very fat, pointed cigar.

We went on till we came to a nutmeg plantation. We got a nutmeg with a red stuff on, an empty nutmeg case and an unripe nutmeg in a case.

We drove on, up a very high hill, then we saw a magnificent sight, the Caribbean Sea, moulding into the cup-like bay, there being no – I repeat no – horizon! There was a man singing, and some salesmen.

We drove on to Maracas Bay and a man made up a song about mum and Mandy just as we were buying a tin of Trinidad grapefruit juice when it started to rain so we went back to the ship.

Curaçao

There were hosepipes and scaffolding and a notice said on shore “no smoking on deck!” It was scrub country, with sand and a few wiry bushes. A row of gasometers lined the top of the hill. There was a smell of oil in the air. We hired a taxi (after some refusals and “too high”s) to take us into the city.
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