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Oct 26, 2015 - Rest day in Batalha

Despite the fact of a rest day today we still woke early at 6:30. It's kind of depressing if you can't sleep in. As it was too early for breakfast I finished last night's journal and Maree added the photos. After breakfast we met up with Gina & Bruce who had gone to the supermarket earlier in an unsuccessful search for sun screen. This is probably wishful thinking anyway, as the forecasts are for showers for the next few days. Meanwhile Gina had decided that she would like to get a waterproof rain jacket and had been given a name...

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Oct 25, 2015 - Via Fatima to Batalha

It was supposed to be a fine day this morning but we woke to a light drizzle. As we ate breakfast everyone hoped that by the time we were ready to leave the sun would have made an appearance. No such luck! At 9:30 as we were ready to roll the light drizzle became a little heavier so everyone was wearing waterproofs which, fortunately, had dried overnight. The first stop was scheduled in 24 kilometres and I was hoping to get rid of my jacket by then. In fact the drizzle lasted only long enough to thoroughly wet the road which meant...

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Jan 4, 2014 - Batalha

Despite the rain again we headed to Batalha or Battle Abbey. We were not sure what to expect but our guide book told us it was one of the must do’s in Portugal. As you approached the small town the view is dominated by the massive Batalha Abbey and its surrounding square. The abbey was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 because of the richness and originality of its Manueline decoration and as an outstanding example of Portuguese architecture. The history of the Abbey or the monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria as its...

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