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Arco Pintado

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  • Day3

    Day 4. Coimbra (Quimbra)

    August 11, 2017 in Portugal

    Much relieved after our visit to the hospital we were ready for being tourists today. As usual washing was the first port of call at the laundrette nearby. Once completed we headed off to find the cafe that has a fado concert tonight. In no hurry we strolled through the old part of the city with it's narrow and interesting streets. In one shop they had a huge tomato of the old variety, they look badly malformed but are red and juicy. You pay a premium in Australia where we have been seduced into only buying perfectly formed fruit and veg. These old tomatoes are delicious.
    Shirl is enjoying being a tourist and all tourists is buying little nicknacks to go with the cork handbag she bought in Alcobaca.
    On the pavements are the Pilgrimage placards indicating the way to Santiago de Compostelle in Spain.
    The Aussie invention of the screwtop virtually destroyed the Portuguese cork industry, being the worlds major supplier. It looks like they have hit on a winner with these handbags. How durable they are time will tell.
    We eventually found the fado cafe and booked for tonight's concert. (A separate post on the concert to follow)
    The Monastery Santa Cruz was close by and we popped in for a visit. Inside was beautiful azulejo tiles depicting religious historical scenes.
    The organ was a masterpiece as was the choir stalls.
    Buildings like this abound in Portugal and are testament that they, alongside England and Spain, they were a major power. Spain and Portigal have fallen by the wayside and, sadly, England is going the same way.
    Today, unlike previous days, was starting to warm up and we sought they shade and returned to the hotel.
    After lunch Shirl took it easy while I paid a visit to the Post Office.

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  • Day3

    Day 4. Fado.

    August 11, 2017 in Portugal

    On the way to the concert I decided to check out the post office. Why you may ask? I have been traumatised by my experiences with the Italian Post Office and do not want a repeat experience. Compared to the Italian Post Office, Australias' is efficient and productive.
    With trepidation we entered and all appeared normal. Phew!
    Now Shirley's purchases can be sent home.
    All afternoon I had been racking my brain for the name of a guitar piece we had heard played by a busker earlier. As we sat down for the concert it came to me. The adagio from the Concierto d'Aranjuez. A very beautiful piece of music.
    Fado is a tradition of the Coimbra University students. The University was founded in 1290 and has a long and distinguished reputation. Fado was sung/played by the male students wooing the young girls but during the dictatorships of Salazar and Caetarno it was used to pass on messages of protest. Nowadays song are sung emphasising the love of country.
    The musicians play the Coimbra guitar, founded on the traditional guitar and the sitar. And the classical guitar.
    We had a very entertaining and enjoyable evening.
    Dinner was enjoyed in the nearby Placa in a barmy evening.
    Tomorrow we head off to Porto. The weather forecast is for a couple of hot days before a return to pleasant temps.
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  • Day2

    Day 3. Coimbra

    August 10, 2017 in Portugal

    What a day. Brian in his wisdom decided to take the advice of travel advisor and take the train to Coimbra. No more today trains.
    The bus was at 1635 so it made sense to take the 1130 train from Valado as suggested.
    Sitting on a deserted platform in the middle of nowhere is. It the best place to spend your time, particularly when the train is late and indicates it is going to a different place. The train was clean enough on the inside but all the carriage had been graffitied and you couldn't see out of them.
    With relief we eventually reached our destination.
    Today Shirl needs her arm checked and re-bandaged.
    All is well to our collective relief
    Unfortunately no photos as yet.
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  • Day4

    von Evora über Castelo de Vide nach Coim

    September 23, 2016 in Portugal

    Heute geht es um viertel vor 9 Uhr los. Von Evora Richtung Castelo de Vide- Tomar- Coimbra. Vor Castelo besichtigen wir noch einen Friedhof und einen Steinbruch. Das in Stufen und Terrassen um seine Burg angelegte Castelo de Vide, ist wunderschön, mir vielen kleinen Gassen und blumengeschmückten Häusern. Hier ist das mittelalterliche Stadtbild noch erhalten.
    Weiter geht es nach Tomar, im 15. Und 16. Jh. Sitz des reichsten Millitärorden Europas. Die Christusritterburg sieht man schon von weitem. Das Kloster mit seinen verschiedenen Kreuzgängen ist sehr eindrücklich. Weiterführt nach Coimbra der Stadt der Studenten und Doktoren wo übernachten. Das war wieder ein Tag mit vielen verschiedenen schönen Eindrücken. Bis morgen und gute Nacht eure Susanne
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