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I bought tickets tonight for a local fado performance happening next month locally. The fellow who sold me the tickets is originally from Portugal but has been living in Canada for 29 years. He told me that if something happens a day or two before the performance, and I can't attend it, just call and he will change them to the performance happening in November. I told him that I won't be doing that, as I'll be in Portugal when the performance is happening. It made him smile, and we got talking about Portugal, and Coimbra, near where he is from. He told me the name of a garden in Coimbra that he said I must visit. He said that everyone who visits the garden falls in love. Yes, I will be visiting Coimbra, and I may visit the garden, but do not want his pronouncement to come true. I am very happily single.
This fellow always makes me laugh. If you can imagine a Portuguese leprechaun, it could describe him.Read more
I am putting things in place now to return to Portugal. I truly love it there. In November I will, for the first time, be visiting mainland Portugal. After a lot of thought about how I like to travel, and experience the journey, I have come to some conclusions. I don't want to visit one place for any less than three nights. That gives me two full, and two partial days to explore it. So, I will start in the Northern part of central Portugal, in Porto, taking some day trips from there, up the Douro river (a decades-long dream), and off to Guimaraes, a medieval town. Then on to Coimbra to explore this venerable university town, and the Roman ruins and remarkable mosaics in nearby Conimbriga. After that, it's off to beautiful, much-loved Sintra, and finally to explore Portugal's capital Lisbon. My flight isn't booked yet, but most of my accommodations are, a number of cosy apartments. I have been waiting since Grade 10 to make this trip and finally sail along the Douro river. I both can and can't wait.Read more
Now I just have to wait until Comboios de Portugal opens up access to purchase the train ticket from Lisbon to Porto, about 2 months before the trip. It'll be my first trip on a high-speed train, and they've just completely stripped and refurbished the cars this year. Their version of high-speed rail is called a Tilting Train as it's ability to tilt on curves allows it to better handle curved tracks. Another new experience...Read more
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