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  • Day2

    Auftakt in Porto

    December 3, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Gestern hieß es nun Abschied nehmen von Spanien und los mit dem Bus nach Porto. Abends kam dann auch Claudis Flieger an, so dass wir heute entspannt gemeinsam starten konnten.
    Überall entdeckten wir in der Stadt wieder die gelben Pfeile und folgten dem ein oder anderen durch die Stadt - bis zu einem reizenden kleinen Schmuckgeschäft in Ribeira, in dem ich mir noch ein kleines Andenken an den Jakobsweg kaufte 😅.
    Wir ließen uns erst einmal treiben, genossen eine heiße Schokolade als der Nieselregen gerade zu doll wurde und kamen an so einigen Sehenswürdigkeiten vorbei.
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  • Day4

    Ein Tag am Strand

    December 5, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Sonne ... Strand ... Porto!
    Gestern gab es schon einen kleinen Vorgeschmack aufs Meer als uns der "Hop-on Hop-off"-Bus nach dem Museumsbesuch der Fundacao Serralves am Strand entlang fuhr. Nur leider zogen nach einem sonnigen Start dicke Nebelschwaden auf, so dass wir den ausgiebigen Strandbesuch auf heute verschoben. Also stiegen wir direkt am Strand aus, besichtigten den Stadtpark und liefen anschließend am Strand bzw. der Promenade wieder zurück.
    Mal schauen, wo wir heute Abend einkehren werden. Gestern gönnten wir uns Dinner in der wunderschönen Majestic Bar und kamen zum Abschluss noch an einem mit passender Lichtbegleitung Weihnachtslieder schmetterndem Haus vorbei. Na wenn man da nicht in Weihnachtsstimmung kommt!
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  • Day6

    Jede Menge Kunst!

    December 7, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    In Porto gibt es viel zu entdecken! Sei es auf der Straße, in den Museen, Parks oder an den Hausfassaden.
    Gestern haben wir uns wieder viel draußen aufgehalten, denn das Wetter war phantastisch und so streiften wir durch die Gärten und schipperten mit dem Boot über den Douro. Den Abend ließen wir bei dem ein oder anderen Gläschen Portwein ausklingen.
    Heute wars hingegen etwas regnerisch, so dass wir uns hauptsächlich drinnen bewegten und so manches und Kunstwerk in diversen Museen, öffentlichen Gebäuden oder auch an den Häuserfassaden bewunderten.
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  • Day1

    Startprobleme

    December 7, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Um 6 Uhr sollte unser Flieger abheben, aber nachdem wir eine Weile rückwärts gefahren und 50 Minuten irgendwo auf dem Rollfeld parkten, verkündete unser Kapitän mit einer Stimme wie Gilbert Becaud, dass wir „unfortunately ... äh ... (er wendete die Kartoffel in seinem Mund) ... back to the Gate“.

    Wir sahen schon unsere Reise platzen, aber nach knapp zwei Stunden war alles repariert, die Lenkung funzte wieder, und ab ging's nach Lissabon.

    Nach dem Einchecken im Hotel fuhren wir mit der Metro erst einmal runter zum Tejo. Die Sonne kam langsam raus, und der Triumphbogen sah schon sehr beindruckend aus unter dem dunklen Himmel. Oben waren wir auch und genossen den ersten Blick über Lissabon.

    In der Stadt geht es ständig auf und ab, aber die Ausblicke lohnen. Wie vom berühmten Elevador Santa Justa. Da die Schlange für die Auffahrt sehr lang war, gingen wir hoch zur Ruine des alten Klosters (ein Besuch des Museums ist sehr zu empfehlen) und fuhren nach dem Genuss der Aussicht vom Fahrstuhl ohne Wartezeit hinunter.

    Wenn dann abends überall die Lichter angehen, kommen bei 18° zwar immer noch keine Weihnachtsgefühle auf, aber der Glühwein schmeckt trotzdem.
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  • Day2

    Auf den Spuren der Entdecker

    December 8, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück fuhren wir mit Metro und Tram nach Belem, wobei die 15 Minuten Tramfahrt ganz furchtbar waren. Ich glaube, ganz Lissabon samt Touris hatte die gleiche Idee. So schwitzten wir eingepfercht wie die Ölsardinen vor uns hin.

    In Belem besichtigten wir das riesige Kloster Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, was wirklich beeindruckend ist. Dank der Lisbon Card brauchten wir nicht anstehen, sondern wurden aus der Schlange herausgefischt. Die Karten sind zwar recht teuer, aber in solchen Momenten sind wir doch dankbar, sie angeschafft zu haben.

    Dann schlenderten wir weiter zum Padrao dos Descobrimentos, wo die ganzen Entdecker geehrt werden und wo man die portugiesische Version der „Golden Gate Bridge“ sehr schön sehen kann.

    Auf dem Weg weiter zum Torre de Belem sitzen die Menschen an der Promenade am Tejo, trinken Kaffee und essen Eis. Man fährt hier elektrische Fahrräder, Tretroller und Segways, auf denen man sitzen kann. Weihnachliche Gefühle ... hier nicht. 😁

    Dem Aufstieg auf den Turm überließen wir Britta und Frank. Jürgen und ich setzten uns auf eine Mauer am Fluß und schauten den Menschen beim Posen für die Selfies „Ich und der Turm“ zu. War auch schön und ... psst ... wir haben auch eins gemacht.

    Dann ließen wir uns mit einem Taxi zum Time Out Market bringen. Den brauche ich nicht nochmal, das war rappelvoll und machte keinen Spaß.

    Also nichts wie zurück zum Weihnachtsmarkt am Rossio, dann noch ein paar Höhenmeter im Bairro Alto gemacht und ordentlich Sangria in einem netten Lokal getankt.

    Man kann schon einiges entdecken in Lissabon. 😍
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  • Feb19

    Moliceiro Ride on Aveiro's Canals

    February 19 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    “When in Aveiro, one must take the lovely Moliceiro Boat ride along the Ria!” Would you turn that ad down if you saw it? Especially if the skies were blue and it was 20C and we were in the So-called “Venice of Portugal”?

    All the roads that we walked on, followed the canals that went through Aveiro. The boats, moliceiros, that we saw on the canals were not always tourist boats. During the 19th century, they were used in seaweed harvesting. This ‘seaweed’ was also mixed with the sludge that accumulated in the bottom of the river. After being collected, it was laid down on threshing floors to dry and once dry was used as a fertilizer in the sandy soils which belonged to farmers in the area. But as seaweed was progressively replaced by chemical fertilizers, this activity declined throughout the 20th century.

    A few decades ago, the old Aveiro “Ria” shipyards were reactivated in order to bring the moliceiros back to life and to teach willing learners the old manual manufacturing techniques used to build these boats. These new boats began to be used as tourist boats. Small and colourful, painted in the bow and the stern with traditional bright coloured drawings which represent historical facts or show religious scenes, moliceiros cruise through the “Ria”, giving tourists a good overview of the city of Aveiro, old and new.

    We decided on a 45 minute tour of the four canals of the city - the Central Canal, the Pyramid Canal, the São Roque Canal and the Cojo Canal. The captain started his engine and we were off.

    The Central Canal runs through the historic centre of the city and all of the beautiful Art Nouveau houses.

    Continuing on, we arrived at the Pyramids Canal, which provides access to salt fields of Aveiro. We thought it was named the Pyramid Canal due to the way that the salt is piled up into pyramidal shapes on the shore. But no, it is because of two columns, that look like pyramids, next to the sluice that controls the change in water levels due to the tides entering the city. This system maintains the water levels and keeps the river stable and safe for navigation.

    We backtracked a bit and went down the famous “São Roque” waterway. The “São João” Bridge is pretty low and we had to go through a small tunnel. It was a little tight.

    We loved going under a very peculiar, circular, iron pedestrian loop bridge which connected the most historic part of the city to a leisure park on the other bank. People were walking their dogs, bicycling and doing exercises on outdoor equipment.

    We passed warehouses full of salt and fish. Close by, down another small canal, was the daily fish market.

    Returning to the docks where we had started out, we continued down the Cojo Canal, past the very modern Aveiro Forum, an outdoor shopping mall and went under the “Carcavelos” Bridge, also known as Valentine’s Bridge. Built in 1953, 11 years after the original bridge fell apart, it became a place where lovebirds could tie ribbons to the railings. Locks could have been used but ahead-thinking planners pushed for a lighter and more colourful way to decorate the bridge.

    At the end of this very trendy area, we came to the impressive Fonte Nova factory which made tiles for the outside of houses at the beginning of the 1900’s.

    After about 40 minutes we returned to the small pier in front of a beautiful building called the Capitancy building, dating from the 15th Century. It used to be a tidal mill and now is the head office of the municipal assembly. The structure is resting on a set of arcs that we could see as the tide was low. Earlier we had gone into it, to see a display of striking photographs taken all over the world by National Geographic professional photographers - Exodus.

    And so we ended our moliceiro ride. A pleasant boat ride on a beautiful spring-like day.
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  • Feb20

    Museum or Beach? The Beach Won.

    February 20 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Ten kilometres, or 6 miles, away from the city of Aveiro, there is a beach area called Costa Nova. It is on a sandy spit that runs in a north-south direction from the outer, southern mouth of the Aveiro lagoon. The western side is on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular spot for surfers, while the eastern side faces the calm waters of a lagoon, making it look like a good place for kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing and other water-based activities.

    We took a bus to the end of the line and ended up near the tourist office and in an area of colourful houses and restaurants.

    The houses are called ‘palheiros’ (haystacks) and are pretty, wooden buildings that are painted in candy stripes which create a fun, summery feeling to the area.

    Palheiros are the traditional houses built in this coastal region of Portugal. They provided shelter for groups of fishermen, as well as provided storage for the nets, machinery and animals that were used to haul the fishing boats onto the beach.

    Towards the end of the 19th century when it became fashionable to bathe in the sea, the local fishermen began to rent out their palheiros in the summer season and to paint the outside panels of these wooden houses in bright colours like the moliceiros, the boats used for harvesting seaweed in Aveiro.

    Today, the houses are mostly used as holiday homes although there are some permanent residences.

    We went into the fish market and saw at least 20 different kinds of fish, as well as shellfish, barnacles and even wiggling, black eels. Eating fresh seafood in this town can be done in the restaurant above the market as well as in numerous small restaurants on the strip.

    A ten minute walk to the other side of the sand spit took us to some grassy, sand dunes and to the wide and sandy beach. Boardwalks have been built over the dunes to ensure that people will not spoil the natural habitat. We loved walking on them and even sat on one of the many benches and enjoyed the ocean views.

    No swimmers or sunbathers but we can imagine the beach to be full of families during the hot summer months.

    After a leisurely lunch of pizza, seafood salad and sangria, we caught the next bus back to town. It was the perfect little day trip from Aveiro, on a sunny day.

    P.S. On the bus trip, we saw what looked like huge piles of snow, but When we got closer we saw that they were huge piles of sea salt.
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  • Feb19

    Tiles on Old Aveiro Houses

    February 19 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    I read this today...

    There’s a Tile Theft Epidemic in Lisbon
    by JENNY BARCHFIELD FEB 19, 2019 in CityLab online Magazine

    “With a single azulejo fetching hundreds of euros at the city’s more reputable antique stores, these tiles, sitting there out in the open, are easy pickings.”

    Chris and I have been to a lot of towns and cities in Portugal where coloured tiles are used to decorate the outside of the houses but nowhere have we seen as many as we saw this afternoon in Aveiro. Pretty sad what is happening to these tiles in Lisbon.

    Tiles, or azulejos, were common in traditional Portuguese construction because they were affordable to the general public. In Aveiro, the use of tiles also provided waterproofing and were a form of decoration on houses built in somewhat boring-looking adobe (sun-dried clay bricks). Tiles with floral motifs were very sought after in the early 1900’s and these were produced locally in the Fonte Nova Factory, which now houses the Cultural and Congress Center.

    In a matter of 5 minutes, on one street, Chris was able to take photos of 10 different patterns of tiles on the old houses, and there were so many more. Here are Chris’ ‘5 minutes of tiles’ photos.
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  • Feb20

    Ovos Moles de Aveiro

    February 20 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We were told that you can’t say you have visited Aveiro if you haven’t tried the local delicacy Ovos Moles de Aveiro. We had already been in Aveiro for two days and thought that we better hurry up to try these little delicacies. We leave tomorrow.

    So, when we had our pizza and salad lunch at the Coza Nova Bakery in Costa Nova, we also bought two small (2”) barrel-shaped Ovos to take home with us and have later in the afternoon.

    I found out that they are made from sweetened egg yokes and wrapped in a thin candy wafer and styled as a fish, shell, walnut or a barrel. Originally produced by nuns who used the egg whites to starch their habits, and who were then left with a significant amount of egg yolks, it seemed like a good idea for them to make cakes while using up the yolks. So, they are made from sugar and eggs...

    Well, we ate our Ovos at teatime and were happy that they were small. Let’s just say it’s an acquired taste and anyone with a sweet tooth is going to love them. Man, are they sweet!

    The Recipe for Ovos Moles

    Ingredients for Making the Shell:
    3.5 cups pastry flour
    1 cup cold water
    1/4 cup olive oil

    Ingredients for Making the Filling:
    8 egg yolks
    1.5 cups sugar
    1/2 cup rice flour

    Directions:
    For the Shell:
    1) Pour the ingredients in a bowl and knead them well until they reach a dough like consistency.
    2) With the help of a rolling pin, roll the dough very thin, place it in a lightly greased form and with the tip of a knife, make the shape you wish to mold the filling in. The dough should be very thin, almost transparent.
    3) Mold the dough into whichever shape you please, or if you have a specific baking mold, use that.

    For the Filling:
    1) Pour the sugar in a saucepan on the stove with a glass of water and let it boil until 245 degrees fanrenheit or the sugar has become a syrup with an even consistency.
    2) In another saucepan, dissolve the rice flour in 1/2 cup of cold water. Add the boiled sugar syrup to this mixture let it cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
    3) Turn off the heat and let it cool slightly and begin adding in the egg yolks.
    4) Keep stirring them together and let them cool for another 5 minutes on low heat in the saucepan.
    5) Pour the filling into the molded shells.
    6) Serve and enjoy!

    *If you wish to add a bit of crunch to the treats you can place them on a baking sheet in the oven at 250 degrees fahrenheit for about 3-4 minutes until they reach a crunchy shell.*
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  • Day535

    South to Setúbal & dinosaur footprints

    November 22, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    After a longer than expected stay in Nazaré, because there was so much to see around there and the weather was very changeable, we headed south to an Ecoparque site at Outão, on the Setúbal Peninsula, an hour from Lisbon.

    Our site, just outside the busy town and port of Setúbal (birthplace of José Mourinho) is set on the shores of the Sado estuary, home to bottlenose dolphins and flamingoes. We have a great view of the estuary and watch in amazement as ships, guided by local pilots, navigate through the sandbanks while locals fish with three rods from their pedalo canoes.

    Behind us is the Parque Natural da Arrábida, covering the 35km-long Serra da Arrábida mountain range, which provided us with panoramic vistas across to Lisbon on one side and the beaches and estuary on the other as we made our way across it on the motorbike in search of dinosaur footprints!

    We took the coast road as far as we could to Cabo Espichel and admired the lighthouse that stood tall above the sheer cliffs. It would have guided us, as it did many others, when we were making our journey south in the boat years earlier. It is in this area that it is possible to see dinosaur footprints embedded in the limestone cliffs but with neither time nor the weather for that on our side, we headed inland to a more accessible site at Zambujal.

    Years earlier, local quarrymen came across some strange markings in the stone they were working on. Further investigation revealed that these were dinosaur footprints that were 150 million years old! We couldn't even imagine something of that age but the storyboard explained how, from the footprints, the experts were able to work out the size, age and speed of the dinosaurs.

    The area is also full of gastronomic specialities so we could be here for some time........
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