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Jun 21, 2019 - Costa Nova

Jim and North recommended a side trip to Costa Nova, a seaside town is known for its many seafood restaurants. We took a short bus ride and found ourselves in the land of stripes and we'd dressed for the occasion. It looked like many of the other visitors had too--stripes everywhere. After walking to the beach, exploring the fish market and taking plenty of photos, we stopped for lunch along the waterfront at O Cais. LindaRose ordered cuttlefish, a member of the squid and octopus family with a little beak. Strange but delicious.

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2019 Ecuador

Jun 20, 2019 - Aveiro Reunion

We have plans to meet our old friends Jim Madsen and North Johnson for lunch today. As luck would have it, their apartment is within a few blocks of our hotel. Jim and North moved to Portugal from Ecuador. It was so good to see them again. Our day started with unique tapas at 100 Montaditos where every little selection is priced at 1 Euro or so. After lunch we walked through the historic district, visited a waterside cafe, chose a gondola for a canal tour, visited the Forum Mall, and finally returned to Jim and North's apartment for dinner....

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Jun 19, 2019 - Aveiro, Venice of Portugal

Since the train ride to Aveiro from Tomar was short, we had time to visit the Museo de Fosferos, the amazing matchbook museum in Tomar. This 80,000-book collection was the lifetime hobby of Azuiles da Mota. We're here in Aveiro to experience gondolas and visit our friends Jim Madsen and North Johnson. Aveiro is called the Venice of Portugal. It was once known for the local fishing and seaweed industry and its salt flats but now is mostly known to tourists as the city of canals. The gondolas, with their distinctive prows, are the main...

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Oct 11, 2018 - Oia - a walking we will go.......

What a wonderful day we have had, I’m totally in my element, I’ve just loved ourf first day on the coast, it’s been huge and fantastic, just the type of hike I had fantasied about. Am so happy. To start from the beginning, Lorna and I had the best dinner out last night in Caminha. We had the local Speciality, shellfish in rice, a type of paella. It was delicious. Caminha was a lovely quiet little town with a few pilgrims and that’s about all. And more important, Cameron, I have solved the problem of our wine cellar since you have decided...

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Apr 10, 2017 - Aveiro

Monday 10th April 2017, Aveiro Such a hotel, 4 stars no less. Sumptuous breakfast, I can get used to Brie and quince paste. As we were leaving for a look around town an Israeli family were booking a boat ride along the canals - 1 euro discount so off we went. Great talk, another way to look at the city. The Israelis spoke fondly of a Palm Sunday event they saw the day before. My surprised look brought the response: "Jesus was a good Jewish boy wasn't he?" The boat ride concluded, it was time to try a local delicacy. Egg and sugar in a...

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Apr 9, 2017 - Aviero

Sunday 9th April 2017 Lisbon to Aveiro 2 hours to get the rental car that we had booked months ago. Never mind we are on holidays and we are retired. We are supplied a Garmin as the car does not have a gps. Fun (?) getting used to a new system but it got us to where we wanted to go. First Obidos with an incredible wall to walk around the old city on. Lots of wind and no barrier on one side so felt a bit exposed in the high up parts. Then to Lazare and coffee and fish cakes for lunch. The little cafe was "home grown". The barristers 1 or 2...

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Oct 6, 2015 - Douro Valley/Aveiro

Douro Valley/Aveiro 10/6/2015 We said farewell to our Contessa host as the sun began to sneak out from behind the clouds on her vineyards. After a visit to Mateus Palace (yes, that Mateus - remember the 60s and 70s?) with a formal garden (no photos allowed inside), we arrived at the Pacheca winery where we had a tour of the wine making process and of course had a tasting and a nice lunch. Our final stop after this long day was at Aveiro which produces sea salt from evaporation pans. The “harvest” was in since the summer season is over and...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Portugal--Day 4

The plan was to go to Porto today. We spent a big part of one day at the hospital and discussed staying in Lisbon another day. There is certainly a lot more to see than we have managed to get in. Still, we decided a day of driving through the countryside was just what the doctor ordered, so we headed toward Porto. The freeways are good and we should have made the drive in about 3 hours. Somehow, we still haven't made it. You know, a stop here for egg custard tarts. A stop there for the toilets and you have run out of time. Actually, we...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Feb 24, 2014 - Aveiro and Porto

We left just after 10am and drove to Aveira – 2 tolls totalling €14.80. We were thankful for the map that Peter had drawn for us directing us to the motorhome parking area in the centre of town – from there we walked back to the canal and found a café to have a bite to eat before we took a 45 minute moliceiro boat trip for €6 each. It was nice to see this "Portuguese Venice" from the water. We then carried on to Porto, stopping at a supermarket just before the campground of Orbitur Madalena (N41°6'29" W8°39'19"). The charge is €16 per night...

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Feb 10, 2014 - Vagueira

Well that was a wild & windy night. It blew hard all night long so we set off early again. I took Viv round to show her where I had walked to last night & on the way down the hill to the shore of the lagoon we had to stop as a small tree had snapped & fallen across the narrow lane. I was trying to drag it to one side when a pickup truck with three men turned up & they took over & cleared the tree off the road so we could get past. We stopped for a coffee break further up the coast at Nazere, a seaside town. They had obviously had a bad...

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Dec 13, 2013 - Bussaco National Forest

We left the coast with the sun shining and headed to the mountains. This time we intended to visit the Bussaco National Forest. . Benedictine monks first established a hermitage in the midst of the forest in the 6th century. However it was the Carmelite monks who settled here in the 17th century that built the walls round the forest and introduced new varieties of trees from all over the world. As we reached the mountains the weather started to change getting more and more grey and overcast. By the time we entered the forest it was raining...

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Dec 7, 2013 - Casa Nova and Praia da Barra

After a morning sorting out our internet SIM we headed out to the coast at Casa Nova and Praia da Barra. From our campground our drive took us along one of the lagoons to Costa Nova. We had a good walk along by the lagoon admiring the interesting candy-striped houses of the town. We then walked to the other side of the town to the beach. This area of the coast of Portugal is one long sand dune with wide expanses of sand. At this time of year the beaches are deserted so Daisy was able to enjoy a romp to her heart’s content. We then drove...

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