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Apr 17, 2018 - Batalha and Fatima

Today is a transition day from land to river, but we had 2 very interesting stops on the way. First was Batalha, meaning Battle. In 1385 King John of Castile (Spain) attempted to add this area to the Castile Crown at the Battle of Aljubarrota. He was defeated by King John I of Portugal. In honor of that Victory John I and his wife Fillipa of Lencester decided to have this Church built, Santa Maria de Victoria na Batalha, St Mary of Victory. The church is quite spectacular in its simplicities. No other adornments or statues, just the altar...

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Oct 24, 2015 - 117 not out

It is always great to start a long ride with a serous downhill. From our hotel down to the village below was 5.5 km of smooth tarmac with wide sweeping bends. Because I was riding with Maree I didn't fang down but some of the others did. At this stage the weather was cool but dry and the forecast suggested less than 10% chance of rain before 1pm. Our first stop was 36km in a westerly direction away from the Spanish border. Just before we arrived there a light drizzle started but we were confident that it could not last. How wrong we...

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Jan 3, 2014 - Tomar and Fatima

After another day of heavy rain we headed out to Tomar using the excellent Portuguese motorways. At Tomar is the Convento de Cristo which was founded in 1162 by Gualdim Pais the first Master of the Knights Templar. The main objective of the Order of the Knights Templars was to expel the Moors from Spain and Portugal. Convento de Cristo was the headquarters of the Order and their successors, the Order of Christ (1320 AD), acting as both a religious and military centre. Over time successive Grand Masters expanded the convent to reflect their...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Unusual or curious tourist.

An early start to the day again, and I think I am experienced traveller, especially by train, but I also know I do curious things sometimes, which makes me a bit mad. After breakfast I head down to the station for a service back to the impressive Oriante station and I have butterflies in my tummy, yet this is just a train journey. On time the Alfa service to Porto arrives, and I jump abroad. The Alfa services are the fast intercity services, and operated by those Fiat Ferroviaria/Alston train that are all over Europe, even in UK, yes the...

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Mar 5, 2008 - Camping Redondo and Tomar

Camping Redondo is a lovely little site but not for the faint hearted or hose with large motorcaravans. The entrance is via a narrow lane and has a steep drop. Took the opportunity to visit the Knights Templar castle at Tomar. This was the headquarters from which they plotted the crusades!

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