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Jul 4, 2017 - Last Journey Leg begins; Guimaraes; Braga

July 4: Last Leg Begins in Portugal Drive: Late pick-up due to traffic accident, but hit the road at 11:00, destination Guimareas, Portugal. Accommodation: Posada de Santa Marinha…I km from center of Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal. Former monastery dating back to 9th Century Christian Reconquest of Portugal. According to legend, the monastery was founded by the mother of the first king of Portugal. Huge, architecturally impressive and interesting, gorgeous gardens. Now part of the Restana hotel chain. 90 minutes to Portuguese...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Canicada to Guimaraes

Our last cycling day dawned cool and clear. The forecast is for a pleasant 25 degrees with light winds. Jose led the way out of the Pousada and turned the handlebars uphill. Within minutes Maree said "Do you mind if I go ahead?" and off she went blitzing up the road. A minute or so later as we puffed our way up the hill we could see Maree on the opposite side of a hairpin bend churning away at the pedals and racing up the incline. The only reason that Maree didn't get 'miles ' away from us was that she reached a T-intersection and had to...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Mateus Palace and an Adventure

As we said in our last post, due to the condition of the rising Douro River, today was to include a couple of alternative site visits. However, the day did not start well as the visit to the wine museum had to be cancelled. But this afternoon’s tour is still on. So around noon we headed off to the outskirts of the city of Vila Real. It is the capital of a Portuguese province and birthplace of Diogo Cao, the explorer who discovered the Congo River in 1482 (another factoid for ya’!). I have always been bemused when it is said that this or...

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Mar 28, 2013 - Guimaraes

Well a new day dawns and, of course, our travel plans are affected by the rain and rising Douro River. We will be going to the town of Guimaraes. This was originally set as an optional tour that was to happen a couple of days ago. But the weather and the river directed our ship elsewhere so the optional tour was cancelled. But our wanderings to find safe passage on the Douro have taken us back relatively close to Guimaraes. So, now it has become part of our trip itinerary. From a financial standpoint it means this: As an optional tour,...

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Nov 5, 2012 - Guimaraes, Portugal

Today Viv and I went by local bus from Braga to the ancient town of Guimaraes which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the 9th century it has been considered the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’ as it was the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, Alfonso 1st. The town has many small squares surrounded by cafes and beautiful buildings. There are two fine buildings to see there.The Paco dos Duques de Braganca, a fine restored palace built in the fifteenth century and restored in 1940. It has an extensive collection of...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Guarda to Guimaraes (or 2nd birthday)

We woke up in Guarda...yes, I'm capturing that now, because as much as we like and are accustomed to travelling in a whirlwind fashion, I'm needing to remind myself where we've been! Another bad night's sleep, but that allows for trip journal work. I have to admit that this project has a few main purposes: capture our trip so I don't have to write it all-I used to do that, and I got so lazy by the end; keeps Mom & Dad and interested family and friends alerted to our whereabouts, and last but not least, it gives me an early morning project...

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Aug 8, 2010 - R&R day 2 coming up

We have just come off of two work days. We think it was 38 degrees the first day and 40 the second. It's really hard to work in the heat. We have been starting earlier, taking a shorter lunch on the work site (instead of going to a restaurant) and finishing at 2 p.m. You just can't take the heat after that. We've had a productive couple of days though. We finished the septic tank. All the wires and drainage and water lines around the outside of the house are laid within about two feet of the foundation. They are then boxed in for a concrete...

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