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Jun 20, 2019 - Aveiro Reunion

We have plans to meet our old friends Jim Madsen and North Johnson for lunch today. As luck would have it, their apartment is within a few blocks of our hotel. Jim and North moved to Portugal from Ecuador. It was so good to see them again. Our day started with unique tapas at 100 Montaditos where every little selection is priced at 1 Euro or so. After lunch we walked through the historic district, visited a waterside cafe, chose a gondola for a canal tour, visited the Forum Mall, and finally returned to Jim and North's apartment for dinner....

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Jun 19, 2019 - Aveiro, Venice of Portugal

Since the train ride to Aveiro from Tomar was short, we had time to visit the Museo de Fosferos, the amazing matchbook museum in Tomar. This 80,000-book collection was the lifetime hobby of Azuiles da Mota. We're here in Aveiro to experience gondolas and visit our friends Jim Madsen and North Johnson. Aveiro is called the Venice of Portugal. It was once known for the local fishing and seaweed industry and its salt flats but now is mostly known to tourists as the city of canals. The gondolas, with their distinctive prows, are the main...

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Apr 10, 2017 - Aveiro

Monday 10th April 2017, Aveiro Such a hotel, 4 stars no less. Sumptuous breakfast, I can get used to Brie and quince paste. As we were leaving for a look around town an Israeli family were booking a boat ride along the canals - 1 euro discount so off we went. Great talk, another way to look at the city. The Israelis spoke fondly of a Palm Sunday event they saw the day before. My surprised look brought the response: "Jesus was a good Jewish boy wasn't he?" The boat ride concluded, it was time to try a local delicacy. Egg and sugar in a...

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Apr 9, 2017 - Aviero

Sunday 9th April 2017 Lisbon to Aveiro 2 hours to get the rental car that we had booked months ago. Never mind we are on holidays and we are retired. We are supplied a Garmin as the car does not have a gps. Fun (?) getting used to a new system but it got us to where we wanted to go. First Obidos with an incredible wall to walk around the old city on. Lots of wind and no barrier on one side so felt a bit exposed in the high up parts. Then to Lazare and coffee and fish cakes for lunch. The little cafe was "home grown". The barristers 1 or 2...

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Oct 6, 2015 - Douro Valley/Aveiro

Douro Valley/Aveiro 10/6/2015 We said farewell to our Contessa host as the sun began to sneak out from behind the clouds on her vineyards. After a visit to Mateus Palace (yes, that Mateus - remember the 60s and 70s?) with a formal garden (no photos allowed inside), we arrived at the Pacheca winery where we had a tour of the wine making process and of course had a tasting and a nice lunch. Our final stop after this long day was at Aveiro which produces sea salt from evaporation pans. The “harvest” was in since the summer season is over and...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Portugal--Day 4

The plan was to go to Porto today. We spent a big part of one day at the hospital and discussed staying in Lisbon another day. There is certainly a lot more to see than we have managed to get in. Still, we decided a day of driving through the countryside was just what the doctor ordered, so we headed toward Porto. The freeways are good and we should have made the drive in about 3 hours. Somehow, we still haven't made it. You know, a stop here for egg custard tarts. A stop there for the toilets and you have run out of time. Actually, we...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Feb 24, 2014 - Aveiro and Porto

We left just after 10am and drove to Aveira – 2 tolls totalling €14.80. We were thankful for the map that Peter had drawn for us directing us to the motorhome parking area in the centre of town – from there we walked back to the canal and found a café to have a bite to eat before we took a 45 minute moliceiro boat trip for €6 each. It was nice to see this "Portuguese Venice" from the water. We then carried on to Porto, stopping at a supermarket just before the campground of Orbitur Madalena (N41°6'29" W8°39'19"). The charge is €16 per night...

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Dec 7, 2013 - Casa Nova and Praia da Barra

After a morning sorting out our internet SIM we headed out to the coast at Casa Nova and Praia da Barra. From our campground our drive took us along one of the lagoons to Costa Nova. We had a good walk along by the lagoon admiring the interesting candy-striped houses of the town. We then walked to the other side of the town to the beach. This area of the coast of Portugal is one long sand dune with wide expanses of sand. At this time of year the beaches are deserted so Daisy was able to enjoy a romp to her heart’s content. We then drove...

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Dec 6, 2013 - Aveiro

After a day of getting our breath back after our journey we headed into Aveiro. Until the 1570s Aveiro was a thriving port on the Rio Vouga. The river silted up causing marshes and the lost of trade in the town. The town only started thriving again when a canal was cut through to the sea in 1808 and the port was reopened. There was also the draining of the marshes to leave the shallow lagoons seen today which were put to use as huge saltpans developing an industry that still goes on today. The town was not pretentious. Wandering the old...

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Dec 4, 2013 - South into Portugal

Today we left Spain and crossed into Portugal travelling just over 200 miles Now we could tow again!. As we entered Portugal the scenery changed dramatically. We were now in mountains similar to northern California . The electronically tolled motorway made its way through the mountains. It was just spectacular with long vistas and rocky outcrops pity didn’t have the camera handy. We arrived at the campground on the Portuguese coast. The campground had a nice wide entrance, good wide internal roads, very tall pine trees, a number of long and...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Aveiro

Aveiro - the Venice of Portugal. Aveiro is intersected by canals, genuine streets of water, along which can be seen gliding the brightly coloured boats (gondalas) known as barcos moliceiros. This was really just an overnight stop before we continued on our way to the Rio Douro and Pinhao, but after our first glimpses we wish we had more time to explore this amazing little town. We arrived in Aveiro at about 5pm on a public holiday, (same day as the grilled sardines episode) so we struggled to find something to eat. We were starving having...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Leixoes to Aveiro

14 Oct: There must have been a fire somewhere nearby overnight because there was an acrid smell and the boat was covered in what looked like ash and bits of soot in the morning – not very pleasant but it will have to wait till we get to a marina for a good clean. Apart from seeing two pods of dolphin chasing fish about 100 metres away and a flock of about 40 gannets sat on the very calm sea as we went past, it was an uneventful journey. There was practically no wind so we had to put up with the noise of the engines for most of it. We...

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