Travel Cauldron

Joined June 2016
  • Day3

    Evora

    June 30, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Our 2nd destination was the historic, ancient city of Evora where all the streets located within the massive city walls are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    We found it to be a beautiful place with narrow streets of whitewashed & yellow trim houses whose doors must be green or brown only ! , opening out into attractive tree lined squares & arched colonnades of small shops. The cobbles were challenging in the buggy but we managed quite well - then found Frederico a tuk-tuk driver who took the buggy from the Cathedral back to the hotel & then came back for us to take us on a full tour of the city.There are huge stone city walls - part of which formed the rear of the garden of our hotel Mar De Ar which was decorated in a country shabby chic style - an ancient aqueduct and the ruins of a Roman Temple. One of the memorable parts of our stay was a visit to the Chapel of Bones - decorated throughout with bones by the monks as a reminder that we are all going end up as bones whatever our status in life. The chapel inscription read "We bones are here & we wait for yours"
    We had found a tiny, 12 cover restaurant featuring on Trip Advisor as the best place in town - and pre-booked a table at Tabua de Naldo - great food & banter with Chef Naldo in the back streets of the city - even the taxi driver didn't think it existed ! The locals were celebrating their festival week & we wandered through the fair ground with every local organisation having a stall - from charities, schools, political parties & crafts people all represented.
    In all we thought this was a lovely atmospheric city
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  • Day1

    Lisbon

    June 28, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 66 °F

    Our Tour started with 3 nights in Lisbon, based in a modern boutique Bessahotel in the Restoration Square area on the Avenida da Liberdade. We have enjoyed exploring the flatter down town areas which are accessible in the buggy and today took a tour with a private tour guide to see the historic area of Belen from where the Portuguese set sail in the late 1400's & 1500's to discover Africa, India, Asia & China. We saw the tomb of Vasco da Gama in the Monisterio de Jeronimo. . From there we moved on so Richard could take a tour of the Benfica football stadium. Then finally Pedro our guide drove us around the steeply hilly districts of Baixa Alto & Alfama with their tiny winding streets which would have been completely inaccessible to us with the buggy !Read more

  • Day1

    Sissinghurst

    June 24, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    We visited the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst Castle on Dad's 80th Birthday and really enjoyed the gorgeous planting schemes as well as the sunshine! The planting was amazingly dense with harmonious & matching colours cascading down from the brick walls to the tiniest of front of border plants. the daisy meadow in front of the Oast House was stunning and the rose garden init's mid summer prime. And of course the white garden was exceedingly - well white !Read more

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