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  • Day12

    Porto to Nazaré

    April 29, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Got up early, walked over to parking garage and picked up car and headed out. No hassles on getting out of the garage. :) Plugged in Nazarè as our first point and off we went. About 145 mile drive to Nazarè As we drove, we noticed there were quite a few people of all ages walking along the road wearing bright green safety vests. They went on for miles and miles and miles. Janet suggested they were walking towards Fatima. I had my doubts, but a text message using WhatsApp to our hostess in Porto revealed that Janet was correct! And to think that this goes on day in and day out! Impressive. We had thought about heading to Fatima but time was important and we had been to shrines before so we decided to keep heading towards the seaside town of Nazaré, one of the most popular towns along the Costa de Prata (the Silver Coast of Portugal) - a town of fishermen where the women used to head to the sea to wait on their returning men and are known for their tradition of wearing a skirt with 7 petticoats to keep warm. Janet's eagle eye spotted a few of these ladies. I was struck by all the whitewashed buildings and brilliant sun and sea - for some reason , it made me feel like I was in Greece. Using Yelp, found a great place to eat - friendly hosts and very busy restaurant (http://bit.ly/2rnaLhN). After lunch, strolled the beachfront a bit, buying some souvenirs, taking pictures and wishing we had much longer to stay. This would be an ideal beachtown for a vacation.Read more