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May 28, 2017 - Obidos

Relative to other days, today was a lazy day. This was a planned extra overnight. It was great! Relaxed some and did some sightseeing. The book describes this UNESCO heritage sight as " white washed bougainvillea draped houses". It is an apt description. The towns' name stems from Latin for Citadel and a castle and the wall dominates the town. Apparently the town was presented to a Queen In 13th century by her romantic husband. The castle dates to 1148 so the history of this place is quite something. Of course we wandered all around this...

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May 27, 2017 - A.Pedeo Moel to Obidos 67km +850m

What a day! A day of hills and hills. Much of our journey again was on cycle paths. I am so impressed with the cycle paths here, not just in large centres but in villages and secondary roads. When we are in traffic, the vehicles are courteous, I think even cautious as we are so obviously tourists. They pass when safe to do so and give us a wide berth. Interesting, stop signs are all in English. We were in pine forest again with more trees being tapped which I now know is for turpentine. The beauty of this country seems to go on forever as...

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May 26, 2017 - Figueira Da Foz to S.Pedro De Moel 67 km+500m

The first part of our journey today was challenging. Leaving the city we had to ride this huge bridge on a bike lane, with roaring traffic beside us. I was so glad to get off that bridge. That noise I find so unsettling. But we had more noisy traffic to negotiate as we travelled on N109 , a secondary road. It was 24 km of travel before we were on blessed bike lanes. Beside secondary roads, there was little vehicle traffic and little bike traffic yet there were beautiful bike lanes. Traveled mostly through pine forest today and noticed there...

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May 25, 2017 - Praia Da Mira to Figueira Da Foz 57 km,+400m

Starting out this morning, it was cool and there had been a light shower. It got warmer as the day professed but not like yesterday. We cycled much of our journey through pine forest. The guide book described it as "you may feel loneliness while cycling this immense green scenery". It is immense but I had my buddies with me. The road was as described in our book "some in bad shape". It was a very rough road; hard on the bottom and the wrists. My thumb went numb. But lots to see with wild lavendar along the edge of the road along with sugar...

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May 25, 2017 - Aveiro-Praia Da Mira

A leisurely ride on day 4 of our trip. Leaving Aveiro, we saw salt harvesting ponds. Interesting to see how the salt is removed from sea water. Must bring some salt home. Also not far from Aveiro, were old cod fishing boats. The cycle path along the water was beautiful as usual and we rode on some sturdy, smooth Boardwalk seeing some pretty birds. Passed thru sand dunes and could hear the roar of the ocean. Between the sand dunes, the land is cultivated and looks like veggies are grown. Unlike the cities, the villages we pass thru do...

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May 23, 2017 - Espinho to Aveiro 63 km, +200 m

After a buffer breakfast of epic proportions, we rode. I was thrilled to have real coffee, not a machine version of coffee with milk and true crossiants. Portugal seems to favor crossiants with a sugar icing rather than the eggy dough. Today we rode through a wonderfully smelling pine forest, along the ocean and in fishing villages. I saw lots of agapanthus,bird of paradise, wisteria in bloom and smelt that exquisite fragrance of jasmine. It's heaven. Veggie gardens are ahead of Victoria with potatoes and squash blooming for example. I am...

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May 22, 2017 - Porto to Espinho 21 km

Day 1 of our cycling trip. We had to make adjustments as our friends were delayed 24 hrs with mechanical problems at Toronto airport. Good that today was a short ride as they almost literally arrived in Porto and we got on the bikes. I am impressed with this company, Portugal Nature trails as they have provided a good support. Picking us up at airport and train station, providing us with a good orientation of the GPS, giving each of us a very nice booklet outlining our journey including length of climbs and sights to see along our journey....

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May 20, 2017 - Marathon day

I thought we did a lot of walking that day in Lisbon but today topped even that. We took a cab to Serraives Foundation Contempary Art Museum and Park. My interest in the place was the Art Deco house. The park was incredible with birds singing everywhere and forest, flowers all around. It was magical. The house was most interesting but inside was rather disappointing as I had expected Art Deco furniture, etc but instead we encountered some rather weird art. Then we walked back to our hotel. We thought we were taking the shortest route home...

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May 20, 2017 - Porto

We have been in Porto a couple of days now, enjoying this city. Getting here presented some challenges as we took the wrong metro stop to get to the train station. Then the auto gate opener at the metro, would not open. Hope you get the picture of Brenda slightly panicked, crashing her way through the gate behind a person, me crashing right behind her. The train ride itself was great with lots of vineyards, orchards and farms to look at. We had the luxury of being picked up and taken to our hotel from the train station by an employee of our...

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May 17, 2017 - Alfama

Today we explored the Alfama area which is noted for steep,winding streets and its Moorish history. It's also the sight of the Castello de Sao Jorge. A more leisurely and pleasant walk today. I include a photo of a little dog that captured my heart he was so cute. Portuguese version of Bob the Street cat. We took in the Museu de Artes Decorative;a 17th century palace filled with household items of that era. Most lavish. There were people selling souvenirs in the Alfama area and they would approach you wanting to sell. I found them to be way...

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May 16, 2017 - More walking

Today was another day of walking, again, not as we planned. We changed our minds about what we were going to do today without checking our guide book. We decided to go see Parque dos Nacoes, the sight of a former world expo. Good idea to see it, bad idea to walk it. Had I checked the book we would have taken the metro,a 20 minute ride. Instead we walked it (for 2hrs) and it was not a nice walk mostly on a small rough sidewalk with roaring traffic beside us. We estimate having walked 10 miles at least. But what a sight. Photos are included...

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May 15, 2017 - A challenging day

Today we did an ebike tour and what a challenge it was. First of all the bike shop was so hard to find; took us almost 2 hrs (when it was actually a 10 minute walk from our apartment) and asking at least 10 people to find this obscure place up a staircase, around a corner, not on a regular map. Really. The bikes were great but negotiating in Lisbon traffic was a whole different matter. It took me about an hour of the 3 hour tour to get used to an ebike as it surged with no effort from me. There are not a lot of bike lanes which meant that...

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