Hello late Thursday night from Lisbon, Portugal. Temperatures have been moderate today. When I went out at 7pm tonight it was 13C/55F. I’ve had light rain on and off today with a very heavy rain that started coming down at 3:30pm as I walked down into the city center from the hillside Alfama neighborhood. Headed back to my hotel for a break after being out in that for a while. This portion of my report will cover Tuesday and Wednesday as the Thursday segment still needs some work (and I haven’t written a narrative for it). TUESDAY Was upgraded on my AA 737-800 flight from SFO to DFW which departed about 15 mins late due to the incoming aircraft running behind. Departure time changed to 1:35p.m. The low clouds had cleared and our departure route right over San Francisco before turning out to the coast gave me a chance to take City photos with both the Bay Bridge (first photo) and Golden Gate Bridge (second photo). My meal selection was vegetable manicotti. I don’t think AA has any Italians working there as the sauce was lacking any flavor. Flight time was 3 hours. Arrived at DFW about 6:45p.m. and had enough time to visit the lounge in the international terminal for about an hour. Headed to the gate at 7:45p.m. for an 8:30p.m. departure. Very fortunate to have an empty seat next to me in the last row of business on a 767-300, my preferred seat at the window. The passenger in the 3-seat center section had all 3 seats to herself. Excellent service on board. My meal selection was Pepper and Olive Tapenade Crusted Halibut with herb roasted potatoes. Lots of sauce so I just removed some of that and the fish itself was very good. WEDNESDAY Prearrival meal at about 9:30a.m. London time, about 7 hours into the 8.5 hour flight, was choice of Quiche Lorraine or a fruit plate with yogurt and granola. I had just the fruit plate and a cinnamon roll. All of the meal photos are here: http://tom911.smugmug.com/American-Airlines/American-Airlines-My-Carrier/ We landed just before 11a.m. For the first time ever, I did not have to change terminals to get my connecting flight, a process that involves a bus and another round of security, because my British Airways flight to Lisbon departed from terminal 3 at London Heathrow, the same terminal I arrived in and AA”s home at Heathrow. I did have to go through security again, but once through there right into the BA first class lounge for a good 3 hours. My connecting Lisbon flight did not depart until 3:20p.m. and I left the lounge about an hour before that just to stretch my legs. Wasn’t very hungry so just had some potato salad and tomato slices from the salad bar, as well as some tomato soup. Could have ordered from a menu if I wanted something more substantial. Had sparkling water, then a Diet Coke, and, before departure, a glass of a French white wine (they have a pretty extensive wine bar here). Free wi-fi kept me occupied. Once on board the Lisbon flight we were served ham and cheese sandwiches. The Airbus A320 had us packed in like sardines in coach with very little legroom. I was in coach for this segment as my upgrades only work on AA flights. Flight time was 2hrs 20 mins once we were in the air and we landed around 6p.m. Had to clear passport control and claim a bag as BA flights are too small for my rollaboard, so didn’t get out of the airport until about 6:45p.m. Bought a Metro train ticket for 1.40 euro ($1.70) and was at my hotel about 7:15p.m.