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Jun 18, 2019 - Alcobaca Tombs Side Trip

Today we took a side trip by bus to visit Alcobaca, named after two rivers, the Alcoa and the Baca. We are here to see Alcobaca Abbey, the largest church in Portugal. Inside are the richly carved tombs of Pedro I and Ines de Castro, star-crossed lovers doomed to be apart. No one is credited with carving their crypts but they are some of the finest in Portugal. "Until the end of the world." The story goes: Inês de Castro was a Galician noblewoman best known as lover and posthumously-recognized wife of King Peter I of Portugal. The dramatic...

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Oct 23, 2015 - Monastery to Marvao

Today's shortish, fifty-four kilometre ride started under overcast skies. Rain was not forecast but the weather didn't look to be as nice as yesterday. We left our monastery and headed north east towards the Spanish border. The riding was easy and Maree had little need of the electric motor except when an upward undulation became a bit bigger than expected. About an hour into our ride we stopped at a cemetery just to have a look and found that there was a WC just inside the gate. This got much use as people had thought that they...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Suppose to be a better day! -Coudeleria de Alter-Real and Marvao

The forecast was for slightly better weather but it didn’t quite turn out that way. We started our day by driving through the Alentjo countryside with its cork trees, olive groves and vineyards to Alter do Chao and the Coudeleria de Alter-Real stud farm. The stud farm was founded in 1748 by King Joao V to breed purebred Lusitano horses. These purebred horses are used by the Portuguese mounted police and the Lisbon Riding School at Quelez (similar to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna). The stud is still owned by the government. The...

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Mar 21, 2011 - Just relaxing thru March 24

March 21, did some grocery shopping, planted two trees, and ate quail at a restaurant. March 22, worked in the yard, spread fertilizer, at supper with the Dutch and long walk March 23, went to big department store at Ponte de Sur, primarily for groceries. March 24, very quiet day, took a long walk to a cemetery, met the Dutch again for supper

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Sep 15, 2010 - Alentejo Region

We have a cute little Peugeot 206+, charcoal gray. Looks like just about every other car on the roads here. Our body bags barely fit in the back. We are carrying large backpacks, and we each have a zip bag for those packs - helps packs get through the airport baggage process without damage to straps, etc. It also allows us to be sloppy about packing, since things can float loosely outside of the pack but within the duffel cover. We have been affectionately referring to these two big black monsters as body bags. We drive out of Lisbon over...

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May 18, 2010 - Marvao, Portugal

Tuesday 18th Hot -33 Headed north thru pretty towns like Arraiolos where we stopped to look at the castle and church and had a coffee and custard tart, Estremoz we stopped for iced tea and rolls in a shopping centre and also went up to their huge castle, then thru Sousel, alter do Chao, we stopped for an iced tea and to look thru their church and castle - 1359, unusual because it is set on a plain rather than a hill…principally it was used as a residence. Crate, Portalegre then Marvao. Arrived around 5.30. Our hotel has a spectacular view...

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Europe 2010

Mar 6, 2006 - Mountain Villages & Megaliths

When daughter, Leanne, and her husband Derek arrived in Portugal, their only demand was to see castles - so we drove from the Atlantic coast on the west of Portugal to the east and border with Spain in search of mountaintop villages. Fortunately, not a serious undertaking, as Portugal is only 220 Km wide! Castelo do Vide is one of the Alentejo's most appealing fortified hill-top villages just west of the Spanish border. It provided us with everything we were looking for: a 14th century castle; fabulous views of the valley below and of the...

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Europe 2005-2006



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