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Apr 20, 2017 - Castle and wine tasting

Thursday 20th April 2017, castle and wine tasting Not another castle. A well preserved village on a hill of course inside a considerable castle wall. Spectacular views, hardly any tourists and lots of history. Nothing lasts long around here. Conquerors everywhere leaving their mark. On the way out we saw a couple of nests of cranes. Way up in trees or on purpose built structures on top of telegraph poles. Do we still have 'telegraph' poles? Then to a wine tasting. Talk about pearls before swine. I couldn't smell the fruit, feel the boy or...

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Apr 19, 2017 - Megaliths

Wednesday 19th April 2017, Evora megaliths Chris suggested an early start to find the old rock structures around here. Yesterday got quite hot in then arvo. The map suggested dirt roads - I am prepared. The Polo went well. The Mercedes following us turned back. One lot of megaliths had over 100 rocks between 1 and 2 meters high placed in a pattern - possibly. Lots of interpretation of these patterns. Fun speculating. Driving there was intersecting too - again heaps of flowers, cork trees by the million, cattle, sheep, olive trees by the...

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Apr 18, 2017 - Viseu to Evora

Tuesday 18th April 2017, Viseu to Evora A diamond day! Left at 9:39 and arrived at 6 but what a day. Even Christine's blood pressure was ok. A castle is always a good way to start the day and the little bit left at Blemonte was good. The best part was the friendly ticket seller who was ready with heaps of information. All in excellent English. Such a view too. A couple of hours later and an even older castle with heaps left. Huge wall, internal buildings and such an atmosphere. Mar ago must be the biggest in Portugal. So much to see and the...

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Oct 2, 2016 - Zambujeira do Mar

After our journalizing, we walked up through the old city gates to the center of the main placa. Just off the placa we found Mr. Pickwick.....a restaurant specializing in local foods. Yes with a name so British! Had an excellent roasted lamb and Gord the salted cod baked in olive oil and onions. It was dark when we finished. We went looking for the Roman ruins and found them bathed in light. We got some excellent pictures. We found the upper cathedral, stopped to listen to a 4 string quartet and went on exploring. It was nice. There were...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Sintra to Evora

Up at a reasonable hour we caught bus 434 up the mountain to see the Moorish and Pena Castles. Both involve lots of walking and lots of hills. Both castles have high walls. Both have entrances at the 'bottom ' with a 15 min walk to the actual entrance. We spent morning here in lineups and walking. At noon we left to head east to Evora. We dreaded going through Lisbon. But the GPS made it simple. We breezed through Lisbon and on to the autopista A2 to A6. The land is flat and dry with villages, towns and cities sprinkled throughout. Lunch...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Cycling through Alentejoi

Alentejo is the largest province in Portugal. It is famous for cork, wine, olive oil and marble. The cork tree, a variety of oak, is native to Portugal and takes 25 years to mature to the stage of being harvested. The first cork, which is the bark of the tree, is not good quality, and the next harvest takes a further 9 years. Owning a cork plantation is a long, long term investment. When a tree is harvested it has a number painted on the trunk to indicate the year in which the harvest took place. For instance the number 3 shows...

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Oct 20, 2015 - Evora to Convento Da Sao Paolo

Cycling today, hooray!!! After breakfast, which was a bit tricky because a bus tour of Asians had just been in the dining room before us like a swarm of locusts, we brought our bags down and collected our bikes. Jose gave some more advice about how to stay safe, Ricardo adjusted bikes and Cristina got the luggage van ready. It was a bit of a game of Tetris to get all the bags inside but they managed. Jose insisted that we all ride together while in town and this was a good idea because we had to negotiate many roundabouts, the wrong...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Evora - sightseeing day

Relaxing morning today as we don't have any schedule to keep. After a leisurely breakfast we met up with Bruce, Gina and Colin for a tour of the town at 9:30. Even with such a 'late' start there were many shops not yet open or just opening. Maree had run out of one of her tablets so we took the bottle to the Farmacia and hoped for the best. The pharmacist said that the pills would usually require a script but because she could see tat they had been issued on a script back in Australia she was prepared to give us the tablets....

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Oct 18, 2015 - Rome to Lisbon to Evora

We rose early to say goodbye to Giulia and her son Milo as they were heading to Civitavecchia to meet up with her parents who were coming back on a ferry from a holiday in Sardinia. At about 8:00 we made our way down to the Metro station just in time to see the beggar lady and her husband turn up for 'work'. He tried it on with us but I had already given her some money yesterday when she helped me with buying the tickets. The train was quick and we were in the main terminal in no time. I purchased some tickets for the Leonardo...

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May 25, 2014 - Evora

North of the Algarve and about halfway between it and Lisbon, is the enchanting medieval walled city of Evora. Its web of streets is an architectural and cultural cornucopia. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Approaching Evora Photos 1-4 M’AR DE AR MURALHAS We arrived at our charming historic Portuguese style hotel, one of only a very few hotels located within the walled city and were greeted by Eunice Mata, Front Desk Manager. Photos 5-8 She told us that M’ar de Ar had a new five star hotel within the walled city and...

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Portugal/Spain 2014

Feb 10, 2014 - At last -a day of sunshine! Vila Vicosa and Monsaraz

After two days of solid rain and high winds we woke up on Monday morning to sunshine. We decided to enjoy the day. This time we headed towards the hill top village of Monsaraz but our first stop was in the town of Vila Vicosa. As we drove to Vila Vicosa we passed a number of marble quarries the industry of the area. Vila Vicosa was a lovely little town dominated by Ducal Palace which was the residence of the Portuguese monarchy. The palace dominates one side of a huge marble square. In addition to the palace the down had the obligatory...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Evora

Our first day in this part of Portugal had been wet and windy but it made us have a rest after our journey from the Algarve the day before. The weather was grey and overcast but not raining the next day so we decided to head into Evora. By chance we found a parking space just down from the main historic points of interest in the town. Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its long history reaching back to Roman times and also it being a key Moorish stronghold in the 12th century. As well as being a walled town, which we discovered...

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