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Aug 18, 2012 - A Day of Rest in Nazare

We came to Nazare to relax and that is what we did today. We had breakfast then went for a walk in the "real" town, as opposed to the tourist are by the beach. It was interesting to see people sitting out talking, others going for their groceries and yet others taking barrows of goods to an from stores. We returned to the hotel and we sat in the spacious lounge adjacent to the front desk and Christine read and I worked on the Church newsletter. We went out to get provisions for lunch and went to a greengrocers a little way away and bought...

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Aug 17, 2012 - A relaxing day in Sitio

I am afraid I did the unforgivable yesterday and got sunburned. I had tried to stay in the shade, but a combination of walks along the beach and the reflected sunlight from the sand took its toll. I am now very much "glow in the dark". We got up and applied some soothing cream to my sunburn and I checked our e-mail. We got the sad news from a friend about a mutual friend who is also suffering from cancer and whose days seem very much numbered. It made us realize how fortunate we are to be on this trip and being able to spend time with the...

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Aug 16, 2012 - A Day at the Beach

We had a really lazy day today. We had a later breakfast up in the breakfast room which seems to take up most of the top floor of the hotel with views all around. The hotel is about the tallest building in this part of town. We got ready for the beach and went and enquired at the front desk as to how the beach works. There are some strange rules in Europe about beaches. We borrowed a towel and a sunshade umbrella with instructions as to where you could use it - not in an area where a road goes down to the beach, not where the tents are...

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Aug 15, 2012 - New Friends, More Farewells and on to Fresh Pastures

We woke to beautiful sunshine again this morning. We packed the last minute items and went down for breakfast. Another couple who had checked in at the same time as ourselves came into the breakfast room. We knew they were from Hong Kong and were travelling extensively, but we discovered they had been married in Gibraltar not long after we had spent our honeymoon there and had done may of the things we had done. They had a "motor home" built in Germany on an all terrain chassis and have had it shipped all over the world to travel and live...

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Oct 18, 2011 - Aveiro to Nazare

18 Oct: Set off at 7am in the dark and the fog and crept out of Aveiro estuary. We saw a pilot boat heading out so we knew to watch out for a large vessel and sure enough we saw one through the fog shortly afterwards and kept well out of its way! The fog lifted as it got light but there was no wind, so we motored in the mist all morning. We had more dolphins swimming with the boat, this time about twice the size (about 2 metres) so probably bottlenose. They had great fun trying (successfully at times) to soak us by doing back flips and...

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Aug 22, 2010 - Nazare

Yesterday I left the tranquility of the Douro Valley for the tourist hordes of the beach. I had been to Nazare 5 years ago, on my last trip to Portugal, but it was November last time, not August; the month when the entire country of Portugal goes on vacation and where do they go? The beach of course. This place was a madhouse, it took me an hour just to drive into town. People everywhere, up all night, partying. It reminded me of Waikikii Beach or Spring break in Cancun (ok, not quite that bad, but you get the picture). I just couldn't wait...

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Aug 19, 2006 - Obidos, Portugal

With the sun shining in my eyes, I look up at the white walled-in-town perched on the hill. So this was Obidos. We had driven north from Lisbon through the country - passing by towns, orchards, and sheep - to the town of Obidos (oh-bid-us). It is one of several "wedding" towns in Portugal, so called because it was a tradition for kings of the 1100s-1400s to build a town for their newly-married queens as a gift. Covering a hill, it overlooks two valleys - one to the west and the other to the east. We followed the rest of the tourists,...

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Nov 24, 2005 - Thanksgiving in Nazare

Today is Thanksgiving, which of course, means absolutely nothing here in Portugal. I got up early and got on a bus to Nazare, on the coast about 2 hours from Coimbra. I will take a bus back this afternoon and should have just enough time to get to the train station to catch my train from Salamanca, Spain. It is a beautiful day, blue sky and sunshine and although it was pretty chilly this morning when I left, it is downright warm here in Nazare. The bus ride was mostly on the freeway, passing through the Portuguese countryside, which is...

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Oct 28, 2005 - Peniche

We decided on the spur of the moment to drive to Portugal from N. Spain to try to escape the days and days and days of rain we were experiencing. We arranged (via our newly acquired European cell phone - big story on trying to get that to work from country to country!) to meet friend Antonette and her daughter Kimberly outside Ilhavo, a suburb of Aveiro. It is very much a Portuguese resort town complete with miles of stormy beach, houses covered in ceramic tiles, vacation apartments, etc. but naturally all closed up for the season making us...

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Oct 6, 2005 - Nazare

We turned south and headed back to the coast arriving at Nazare- a beachfront town and a really attractive place. Along the beachfront are racks of small fish drying in the sun and the smell of fish mingles with the smells issuing from the many cafes along the street. We are here two nights, one street back from the beach but with seaviews and sunsets. weather still hot during the day so a swim is on this afternoon. The older women who attend the fish racks (and do the selling) wear traditional clothes- a headscarf (sometimes they carry...

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Jul 6, 2005 - Batalha and Fatima

We left Batalha to got to a winery to taste port wines and then on to Fatima. The port was good especially the sweet red, but I did not buy a bottle as it would have been hard to bring it home and I did not want to tote it for 2 weeks. I also believe that I can find it at home if I really wanted a bottle. We next stopped at Fatima. Fatima is where the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd girls in May of 1917. This miracle and subsequent miracles of Fatima have been sanctioned by the Catholic Church. The last secret of Fatima was revealed...

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