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Jun 16, 2019 - Double-Decker Tour Bus

We'd had enough walking around Coimbra. Today we'd get an overview of city and university on the hop-on/hop-off bus. Afterwards the ticket included a cruise on the Rio Mondego. The most noteworthy sight in Coimbra is the Biblioteca Joanina, the university library built in 1717. I regret I didn't include a good photo of one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It is filled with 2-story bookcases that hold 250,000 volumes. The bus also took us past the 75-acre botanical gardens with 50 species of eucalyptus trees.

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2019 Ecuador

Jun 15, 2019 - Coimbra University City

We arrived in Coimbra by bus. We checked into our hotel and started exploring the 4th largest city in the country. A couple of blocks away we were surprised to find a gallery with the George Steinmetz photography show called "Super Size: The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture." Then we started seeing streets decorated for the weekend of the sardine festival. We stopped at a small square with an outdoor cafe. All of a sudden a man walks up followed by his pet duck. As we walked around the city, the university complex (one of the...

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2019 Ecuador

Jan 17, 2016 - Coimbra, Portugal: University & One Time Capitol

On Friday I took a taxi from Obidos to ? not sure where, but the nearest bus station. Taxi cost E$14, and bus ticket to Coimbra was also E$14. Easy transportation, but arrived in Coimbra after dark. I chose to stay at the old Astoria Hotel ($49 nightly). It has certainly seen better days but the outside facade is very Rominesque, and the location is perfect for me. My room had a river view of the Mondego River and I could even see the submerged church Built in 1060, and later begin to sink below the river level. The city center is directly...

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Oct 8, 2015 - Coimbra & Averio, Portugal

8th October 2015 In Averio this afternoon, supposed to be like a little Venice, looks more affluent than Coimbra, which we left at 2pm today. The free bike from the Hotel Oslo in Coimbra this morning was pathetic, only one gear working, and one crank was slightly bent, so not good to ride only went out for an hour. Coimbra is not real cycle friendly, not many cycle paths, narrowHi, In Averio this afternoon, a little Venice, looks more affluent than Coimbra, which we left at 2pm today. The free bike from the Hotel in Coimbra this morning was...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Oct 7, 2015 - Coimbra

Coimbra 10/7/2015 Our next hotel, the Bussaco Palace from 1885 is a palatial structure once inhabited by the last royalty of Portugal. Unfortunately, the high ceilings (15 ft.) made the rooms cold with the rapidly falling outside temperatures. Lots of blankets and two space heaters served us sufficiently. We hope the last king of Portugal had the same added warmth! On our first night we had a tour of the hotel’s wine cellar with a wine tasting just before dinner in a grand dining room. The sun was out at last in its full glory the next day...

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May 22, 2015 - Porto

what an amazing city - so full of history as you walk around. Here is Georgias diary for today - Day 96 22nd May Today I was in charge of directions. First I had to decide where I was going. We walked to the city hall as we walked there we saw lots of pretty tiled houses me and mum said ma would like them. We found a church and walked the stairs to the very top. It was a very colourful view of orange roof tops. Next we went to this famous book shop it had this really grand staircase and a trolley that went along the tracks. Sadly there...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Portugal--Day 7

Spent most of the day driving, so not too many pictures. We got up late again this morning. Someone would think we were on vacation. Headed out of Porto toward the Douro River valley. The Douro River flows from the vineyards in Portugal and Spain to Porto. Grapes grow thick all along the river. This is the region where the grapes for Port, so famous in Portugal, is grown. The valley is beautiful. Row upon row of vines snake their way across the hills that stretch upward from either side of the Douro. Little villages and towns serve mostly...

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PK--Lost in Europe

Jun 2, 2014 - Coimbra

As our next destination was too far to drive to in a day, we stopped overnight in Coimbra at the Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas, a family owned Leading Hotels of the World. It was a unique and special place. Photos 1-21 We stayed in the Presidente Arriaga Suite. Photos 22-27

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Portugal/Spain 2014

Feb 21, 2014 - Camping Orbitur Gala

We had a leisurely morning on Saturday and left Guincho at mid-day as it started to rain, but we soon left that behind and travelled north in sunshine. The motorway travel was expensive – 3 tolls totalled €27.40. We arrived at Camping Orbitur Gala (N40°7'6" W8°51'24") south of Figueria da Foz mid-afternoon. The camp charge was €18 per night (ACSI) with free WiFi near reception. We checked in behind English couple Peter and Sandra from Warrington in their flash Burstner motorhome and we accepted their invitation for a drink in the sun once...

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Dec 27, 2013 - Two lost weeks!

On the Friday night after our day out Heather was sick several times and was feeling decidedly under the weather. Over the next few days she had no energy, no appetite, couldn’t sleep and started to develop a hacking cough. By the following Thursday morning the cough was worse and she was starting to have breathing difficulties so a visit to the local community hospital took place. She was quickly assessed and seen by the medical team. Blood test, ECG, X-Ray and some oxygen were quickly organised. After the results came back she was given...

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Dec 12, 2013 - Roman City of Conimbriga

Today we headed to visit the ancient roman city of Conimbriga just south of the university town of Coimbra. This is one of the most important Roman sites in Portugal and one of the best preserved. Most of the excavated buildings relate to the 2nd to 5th centuries AD, the later periods of the Roman Empire. Conimbriga was a major stopping on the road between Lisbon and Braga. We first explored the museum which had an amazing range and number of artifacts found on the site cleverly displayed to give an understanding of the daily life within...

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Dec 9, 2013 - Praia de Mira

Today we headed south from the campground to the virtually deserted 35 km stretch of sand dunes and beaches. There are very few entry points to the coast but we did find one and enjoyed a walk along the sands and of course our four legged friend was in her element. We then found the small coastal town of Priara de Mira which is squeezed between a small lagoon and the never ending beach. Again an excellent area to walk by both the lagoon and along the coast.

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