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Alcobaça Municipality

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  • Day1

    Day 2. Batahla afternoon.

    August 9, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    After lunch we caught the bus to Batahla, to see the Dominican monastery built to commemorate the battle that ensured the indépendance of Portugal. (1385)
    A very impressive building. What impressed was
    The stone masonry. A brilliant extravaganza of superb workmanship. It is the most important example of the Gothic style in Portugal with the most important example of medieval stained glass windows.
    In one of the photos you will noticed a cleaned steeple. If only they could afford to clean all the building it would be an extraordinary sight.
    Whilst there we saw the changing of the guard for the war memorial to the fallen of the First World War. I couldn't' resist photographing the intricate lacing of the guards boots.
    A visit to the military museum concluded our visit.
    Tired but pleased we returned to our hotel to prepare for our journey tomorrow to Coimbra.
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  • Day1

    Day 2. Morning Alcobaca.

    August 9, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Why Alcobaca you may ask?. The Cistercian Monastery here was one of the most important and powerful Abbeys in the Cistercian order. It was founded in 1153.
    It has many Azurlejo. The hand painted tiles which. Depict major historical events. The tiles are about 150mm square. Many fine examples here. The church was the first Gothic church in Portugal.
    While wandering around the cloisters we heard this beautiful singing. We arrived at a chapel just as the singing ended. It was a Japonese lady and a falsetto. A male contralto. We spoke to him, Joao Paolo Ferreira. a Brazilian. He sings for the different touring groups. We sat down and he sang for us. A special moment. We continued our tour and shortly after we heard Joao Paolo singing Ave Maria. We met him again and asked if he had a CD. Yes, but in the square when he busks. I asked if he would sing Ave Maria for Shirley but unfortunately he had another appointment.
    Later we located him singing and I bought a CD. He then sand Ave Maria for Shirl who was moved to tears. The events of the last few days had caught up with her.
    A coffee, very good, and a Portuguese custard tart. Delicious.
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  • Day526

    Alcobaça

    November 13, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We are now in Portugal and have based ourselves in a campsite on the outskirts of Nazaré, 80 miles north of Lisbon.

    This central region of Portugal is known as the Estremadura & Ribatejo area. It has beaches, vineyards, castles and historic villages aplenty. It is also home to three magnificent Unesco World Heritage monasteries and we visited two of them.

    Just 10 miles from us is the town of Alcobaça, a pretty town and home to the 12th century, Santa Maria Monestary. Behind the imposing baroque facade is a contrasting plain interior with high arches. The monestary was founded by Alfonso Henriques, first king of Portugal and the estate became one of the richest and most powerful in the country, so much so that by the 18th century, the monks there had a reputation for their decadence. No wonder the grand, elaborately tiled kitchen was described as 'the most distinguished temple of gluttony in all of Europe' by William Beckford. The cooking area was immense with a huge chimney above and two separate cooking areas to either side. Marble sinks ran the lengths of the walls and it even had a water channel built through the middle to divert wild fish right into the kitchen!

    In the Kings Room, statues of virtually all the Kings of Portugal line the walls above ceramic tiles depicting the history of the monestary's construction.

    But what caught our eyes most was the intricate and elaborate tombs of Dom Pedro and Dona Inês de Castro and their tragic love story. Dom Pedro was the son of King Alfonso IV. He fell madly in love with his wife's Spanish lady-in-waiting, Dona Inês de Castro, with whom he had several children. After the death of his wife, his father forbade him from marrying Inês, wary of her Spanish families influence. He did not want Portugal getting involved in Spain's battles. Succuming to pressure from wary nobles, he sanctioned Inês' murder, unaware that the couple had secretly married years earlier. Two years later, when Dom Pedro succeeded to the throne, he took his revenge by ripping out and eating the hearts of the murderers. He then exhumed and crowned Inês' body and ordered the Court to pay homage to his dead queen by kissing her hand.

    The tombs lie facing one another across the nave so that when they come back to life, as they raise themselves, it is each other they will see first. A story of love and gruesome revenge.
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  • Day3

    A secret gem near Nazaré

    May 4, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    This little gem is hidden away in the village of Alfeizerão near São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré. €7 per person set menu for lunches only. No photos but we had a beautiful soup, choice of arroz peixe and a beautiful stew plus wine, coffee, dessert and bread/olives. €7 Euros people!! Weekly menu attached. Little English spoken so brush up before you go.Read more

  • Day73

    Wieder am Meer

    October 18, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Heute war es keine weite Reise, erst mal die Gastankstelle suchen zum auffüllen einer Flasche... 👍
    Dann hab ich einen Platz gesucht, das Navi hatte den richtigen Weg, vorbei an Leslie Schäden und dann war der Weg zweimal von einem Baum blockiert. 🤔Anderen Platz gesucht.... Der passt 👍😎

  • Day4

    Alcobaça

    October 31, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Weiter ging‘s nach Alcobaça, immer noch im Regen, Zendenz aber abnehmend🙌🏼
    Neben einem kurzen Zwischenstop in einem weiterrn Kloster erspähte unser geschärfter Blick 👀 gegenüber aber auch eine kleine feine Konditorei die laut Reiseführer bereits mehrere erste Preise für leckeres Süßgrbäck und kleine feine kulinarische Köstlichkeiten gewann🤤 Als Feinschmecker kann man da unmöglich einfach ohne zu probieren vorbeigehen, also ich sowieso nicht. Also rein da und kurz schnabulieren😊 Hat sich gelohnt, nicht ganz günstig, aber fein👌🏼Read more

  • Day74

    Fahrradtour

    October 19, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    mit Hindernissen...
    Da hat Leslie ordentlich gewütet.
    Hab mich entschieden hier noch zu bleiben. Diesen 200° Ausblick und das Rauschen des Meeres mit ☀ muss ich genießen 🍹🌤️👍☀️😎

  • Day73

    Teil 2

    October 18, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Weitere Ausblicke, vor allem der vom Schlafzimmer ist schön. Ganz oben am der Straße seht ihr das WoMo...

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