8th October 2015
In Averio this afternoon, supposed to be like a little Venice, looks more affluent than Coimbra, which we left at 2pm today.
The free bike from the Hotel Oslo in Coimbra this morning was pathetic, only one gear working, and one crank was slightly bent, so not good to ride only went out for an hour. Coimbra is not real cycle friendly, not many cycle paths, narrowHi,
In Averio this afternoon, a little Venice, looks more affluent than Coimbra, which we left at 2pm today.
The free bike from the Hotel in Coimbra this morning was pathetic, only one gear worked, and one crank was slightly bent so not good to ride only went out for an hour. Coimbra is not real bike friendly, no many cycle paths, narrow streets, very narrow footpaths, hilly and lots of traffic.
Coimbra is a large university town, the uni is right above the city on the top of hill. They are celebrating it's 725 year this week, we checked it out, main faculties are Medicine & Law. The area of the university is surrounded by large old buildings, lots of hard paved areas, no expansive landscaped areas like our u is back home.
Some of the uni students wear big black gowns over their clothes apparently a tradition in Portugal.
After getting to Averio, on the slow train at times many stops, we checked out the old canal area about 600m from our Hotel . A very pretty area down by the old part of town. We took a kind of gondola boat ride (motorised) around the four canals in Averio, it was ok, but no Venice. Today we did lots of walking covering both the cities.
Tomorrow in the morning we are getting out to the coast from Averio for a look.
Later in the day we will head for Porto.