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Oct 8, 2019 - Once eaten, twice shy

Today was our day in Evora. Slower start than planned as C had a sleepless night ( too much wine J thinks). Breakfast in the hotel. Great selection of cereals - corn flakes, whole meal cornflakes, chocolate cornflakes. And J nearly broke a tooth eating his. They had some fresh fruit so a banana was scoffed. Also peach jam to go with croissants or milk bread rolls. About 10 we were underway. Only 2 blocks from hotel to the walls and the entrance to Evora. First stop was the Public gardens for C to talk to the ducks. Next was the Gothic...

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Oct 7, 2019 - Send me a tortoise!

Up early for a long drive. J and C were hovering outside the breakfast room at 8 when it opened. Only a couple of couples came while they were there. After a good feast, we exited our room and checked out. First job was to program Tom. Not as easy as earlier models. J could not get it to start the journey at the present position. Ten he discovered there was a second Marvao ( our destination) which confused things. After 10 minutes we had a journey, but not the exact one we wanted, but we headed down to Piadao and turned on to the road to...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Last day in Evora

Today we got up early and headed out to see the sights of the old city before the tourist crowds hit town. We started with a walk on the roof of the beautiful Evora Cathedral where we had a fantastic view of the city in the morning light. After touring the cathedral and the museum of relics we headed over to the University of Evora to hang out with the students for awhile. A beautiful university where each classroom tells its own story in blue and white themed tiles ( ie the study of culture, history, physics, etc). Nancy and I then went...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Travel to Evora

Today we took the bus from Lisbon to Evora, a historic old town in the heart of Portugals cork groves and olive trees. We checked into our funky little hotel (a throwback to the mod fashions of the 70s era) within the walls of the old city. We set out to explore the city and immediately ran into Rob and Cindy and their friends from Calgary on the first corner. Too funny! They were up on a day trip from Lisbon and didnt have much time so we promised to meet up with them on the Algarve coast. Spent the remainder of the afternoon strolling the...

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Jun 8, 2019 - Evora to Meet Ellen and Hank Barone

We took a bus to the walled city of Evora about 2 hours east of Lisbon. Just getting to the bus terminal was a trial but we figured it out and were on our way before noon. Along the way the landscape changed to dry plains as we neared Alentejo. We saw vineyards, stands of cork trees, and strange nests in chimneys and on high tension towers that were made by storks. Ellen and Hank Barone were in Praca do Giraldo in the center of the city to meet us and show us around the town. The most notable sight in Evora was the Templo Romano, Temple of...

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Trip Journal


2019 Ecuador

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 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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