Canada 150September 12, 2017 in Canada
So let's catch up. Steve was hilarious as he would say well today we will just go tour around this little village. The village would turn out to be an historical landmark .On Sept 9th we went to Castle Arouce-an 11th century structure which was built as the first defensive line for access to Coimbra.Nice hiking paths all around and tumbling fortress walks to explore.Following that we had coffee in Avelar.-another quaint village.Monday in Pedrogao Grande is pension cheque day so our village was busy with seniors cashing cheques and buying supplies.Nicola is big into pickling and preserves so we picked up all our supplies and headed back to get pickling.We did 5 different batches of jams and jellies ;including Chow Chow -a PEI recipe we brought over for Nicola. She does hand out her preserves to friends in the village and they love her stuff.Not anything like it in the village.
Sept 12 we went to Obidos.Obidos is a gorgeous historic center with cobblestones streets and flower-bedecked whitewashed houses , colorful flower boxes.The town's main site is the Castelo -a 13th century castle with towers,battlements and big gates.The great Dom Dinis first showed his wife Dona Isabel the town in 1228 and she so fell in love with it ,he made it a wedding gift to her.The cobblestoned streets are lined with shops and one thing not to miss is having a chocolate cup filled with cherry liquor.Yum.TheTEMPLAR knights used this castle as a post and prior to that the Moors influenced the arcitecture and tile structure of the buildings.
Sept 13 we did a great big hike in 26 degree weather.OMG We went down into the gorge below their village -about 400 ft. ,then uphill switchbacks to the village on the opposite side - Pedrogao Pecano Portugal has amazing infrastructure but down at the river's edge is the ruins of a Roman bridge.From up top of Pecano we went down again to cross the dam and walk across to the restaurant on the dam.Beautiful spot .Nicola and Steve often sea kayak there.Needless to say after that 8km.hot hike ,we taxied home to wine and relax.
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