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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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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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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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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

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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Mar 25, 2013 - Porto

We’re up and at’em with an early and hearty breakfast on board ship to prepare us for our tour of Porto. We gather in the ship’s lobby and then step off the ship to board our coaches to Porto. And the first thing we encounter is rain, rain, and more rain. I mean it is coming down big time. Well there is more to Porto than rain. So, while we are drying off and heading out, let us tell you just a bit more about Porto. Okay first off, the basic of the basics. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal (behind Lisbon) with greater Porto...

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Mar 24, 2013 - Coimbra

Woke up this morning and vowed to put last night’s experience behind us. We boarded our coach at 8:30 a.m. for our ride to Porto where we will board our ship. Two quick things of interest on this little jaunt. One, we went through beautiful countryside of trees, grasses and rolling hills. And two – there are a bunch of wind turbines around here. The area between Lisbon and Porto is close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Portuguese really take advantage of this. Today we are headed first to the town of Coimbra where we will visit the...

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Nov 10, 2012 - Coimbra

On Friday we left our funky, modern hotel in Porto and headed south by train to Coimbra (pronounced something like Queembra). Like everywhere we have been it is very hilly here so we are getting lots of exercise on those hills. The University, the first in Portugal, sits high on a hill and is visible from down near the river where we are. We started our day today walking into town and going to the market. This is 2 level market with mostly fresh fruit and veg but also meat, flowers, pastries and clothing. It was pretty typical of markets...

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exploring Portugal

Sep 26, 2011 - Coimbra, Portugal

September 26 I started getting a sore throat last night and woke up this morning with a darn cold. In addition to my sore knee from my fall yesterday, I´m a bit of a mess already. Today was a rather long travel day. We headed further west by bus. We took a city bus to the main bus station and took a 2-1/2 hour bus ride where we eventually crossed the border into Portugal. We transferred to another bus and headed to the laid-back city of Coimbra where we arrived around 5:00 PM. The bus rides were actually quite comfortable, except for the...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Porto-Aveiro-Bucaco-Coimbra

Renee had a rough night. No sleep. At 3am, she was standing over the bed, asking how to find the car??? She had been wandering the halls trying to get to garagem at 3am. Couldn't find the freakin' car (as I'd parked it w/o her). I got up and got water from car. Also had issues with the power for the room (you may have seen system where room key needs to be inserted into a card reader to allow the room to have electricity for lights, a/c, etc? - well, ours was a little twitchy). I went down to the desk and the receptionist showed us how to...

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