Armamar Municipality

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    • Day 13

      Quinta do Tedo

      April 18, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Today we took a drove to a family owned winery, Quinta do Tedo, in the Douro River Valley. Their speciality is port wines. The setting for this winery is idyllic and we had a perfect day for our visit.
      The reaction to the wine was mixed, as I believe Linda and I like ports a bit more than Shirley and Mike, our travel buddies.
      The winery is mostly set up for local distribution, but they will ship. They have recently signed an agreement with a US distributor, but in reviewing we saw that the distributor's prices were double the local price!
      At this winery they still stomp the grapes with their feet. Visions of "I Love Luvy"?
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    • Day 11

      Beira Valente to Lamego (27 kms)

      September 18, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Since I was expecting this to be about 20 km, I did find myself mentally dragging at the end. But it was a good day. The Camino has been rerouted to take us past the monastery of St. Anthony in Ferreirim. And I think I lost the camino somewhere near the hamlet of Britiande. As did the guy whose tracks I was following. By the time I realized I hadn’t seen an arrow in a while I just decided to forge ahead since I was on a main road going into Lamego. But whatever the reason, 20 km was actually 27. And 630 m is more ascent than I was expecting too. Well, I guess it’s just good warm-up for tomorrow’s stage, which is a little harder than today’s.

      There was more asphalt on this stage than any other, most of it concentrated in the last third. But there were still plenty of stretches through vineyards, apple orchards and pine forests. I saw my first statue of our Lady of Fatima, which is kind of surprising since she is definitely a very popular figure in Portugal. I walked over an unusual medieval fortified bridge, and I had a long rest with shoes off outside the Ferreirim convent. There was a mass going on and I could hear a lot of singing. A lot prettier than the baroque altar, IMHO.

      I got to my residencial, which is right around the corner from the cathedral and was recommended by several friends, at about 2:30. I’ve got my routine pretty much down to a science —shower and wash dirty clothes, put on clean clothes, and then head out to see the sights.

      I didn’t really like the cathedral, but at least it was close by. Next I walked up to the castle, or what’s left of it, for some good views and a visit to the medieval cistern. Then up to the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, which I am told has 686 steps. Without a backpack it was a breeze! More baroque but this one seemed less drippingly over the top. And the stairs up are pretty, with tiled scenes of the Virgin’s life — the design is just like Bom Jesus outside Braga.

      Sunday night restaurant pickings are usually quite slim. But there seem to be a fair number of tourists so I should find something.
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    • Day 5

      Mida teie siis joote?

      November 26, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Sõit portveini piirkonda Duoro Valleysse algas sellega, et pidime rehvirõhku käima kontrollimas (kuskil mägede vahel), sest armatuurlaud muutus korraks vilkuvaks jõulukuuseks ning samuti oli meil täpselt 0 liitrit klaasipesuvedelikku autosse pandud 😑. Sõit kulges pidevalt Eneli kiunumise saatel, et küll me oleme liiga kõrgel, küll on tuul liiga suur ja puhub selle punni tee pealt ära, kui ka lausetega, et küll on ilusad vaated (ainult altpoolt vaadates, mitte kõrgel olles). Duoro Valley on täis veiniistandusi - veini nautlejatele ilmselt paradiis, vaated super ilusad ja nii nad räägivad, et ka vein väga hea 🤷 Külastasime ka meie mõnda veiniistandust kus saime ülevaate seal istanduses tehtavatest veinidest 🍷.
      Veetsime enamuse aja vaateid nautides ning sõidu peale läks ka omajagu aega.
      Õhtul läksime Porto linna avastama. Kas asi oli selles, et laupäev täna, aga väga palju rahvast ja sagimist.
      Homme alustame sõitu natukene allapoole tagasi ja ülehomme peaksime oleme juba Lõuna Portugalis.
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    • Day 12

      S. P. Q. R.

      June 26 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      This morning we saw a tiny piece of the Roman Empire that still hides in the mountains of Portugal. We made a comfort stop in a very small Portuguese town of Ucanha. Here we found a bridge built by the Romans still standing. Not only does the town have a bridge, the roads are also Roman. A number of intersections display Roman milestones. This road was a leg in the original path to the shrine at Compostela. Many centuries ago when part of the bridge collapsed, residents rebuilt it. They were not self-consciously attempting to imitate the Roman style. It was just that the methods, materials and techniques which were in common usage at the time happened to be those the builders had inherited from the Romans. The local tradition states that many of the people here are direct descendants from Rome’s legionnaires. This small community was completely cut off from the outside world until roads were built here early in this century. If one is lucky he can still find pockets in Europe where the Roman Empire still lives. Today we found such a place.Read more

    • Day 25

      Auf der Portwein-Route nach Porto...

      June 29, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      On the way to Porto we decided to take a route along the Douro River to see all the winerys of the famous Portwine. It was a long drive of about 6 hours return but the scenery was amazing. We had a tasting at the Quinta do Tedo winery as well. Yummy!

      When we arrived in Porto the guy from the reception told us a restaurant (Adega Figueiroa) across the street we should try... We had a great meal with soup, main course, beer and coffee for only 11 Euros (in total for both) :D. And it was great!

      Heute haben wir uns entschieden nicht den schnellsten sondern den schönsten Weg nach Porto zu wählen. Dafür sind wir der Portwein-Route entlang des Douro Flusses gefolgt. Die Route ist landschaftlich wirklich super und je weiter man fährt desto mehr Weingüter sieht man. Am Ende war es eine 6-stündige Autofahrt, aber es hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Ein paar Portweine haben wir natürlich auch noch probiert... Sehr lecker!

      In Porto hat uns unser Gastgeber dann noch ein Restaurant empfohlen (Adega Figueiroa). Dort gab es dann tatsächlich ein 3-Gänge Menü inkl. einem Bier für insgesamt 11 Euro... (nicht pro Person) :D Es war super lecker.

      Morgen schauen wir uns dann Porto näher an..
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    • Day 19

      Rabelo boat

      November 7, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

      We left the boat in the morning for a very short bus ride to bypass a lock and then we boarded a small rabelo boat of the kind that was traditionally used to bring the port wine to Porto.

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    • Day 7

      National holiday, April 25

      April 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      The day of the Carnation Revolution, 45 years ago. Not a shot was fired. The army officers, tired of fascism, I guess, went into the president and prime minister’s offices and said, it’s time to go. We don’t want to hurt you, so get in this tank and we will take you to the airport so you can go to Brazil. Yesterday we saw those tanks being driven on their historical route, pretty cool.

      We spent the day with good Portuguese friends, two economists Joe has known for years. First to eat baby goat, I guess cabrito translates as kid. The restaurant, about 20 km out of Lisbon, was mobbed, and everyone was eating the same thing.

      Then a trip to the Universidade Nova’s new building about 20 km outside of Lisbon, on the river. Pretty astonishing, They even have their own private tunnel under the road to get to the beach, and conveniently the sheds for all their aquatic sports (ocean sports to the right, river sports to the left) are right there.
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    • Day 7

      Up to the Douro Valley

      April 26, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We always take a weekend trip during our two week Lisbon stay. We haven’t been to the Douro Valley in a few years, and it seemed like a great time of year, so here we are. Class was over at 12:30, we were at the airport by 2, in our rental car about an hour later.

      The drive was straightforward, except for the fact that I first went to the CASA da Azenha, instead of the QUINTA da Azenha. Luckily they are only 10 km apart! This is a centuries’ old renovated stone house up and looking right over the river. It is close to two good restaurants, so no driving for food is necessary. I am right now sitting on a terrace looking out at the scene you see in these pics. Joe is resting. I think it’s a no brainer who made the better decision!
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    • Day 8

      Rivers and vineyards

      April 27, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Oh, wow, what a day. We made about a 75 km circle that took us up and down and around, to a neolithic hill fort in Sabrosa, to the Mateus estate (how can such a beautiful place produce such bad wine?! — maybe that’s unfair because maybe I have only had the really cheap rosé wine in the brown ceramic bottle that we used to burn candles in so they would drip all over the bottle. )

      The townspeople were making a carpet of flowers for tomorrow’s procession of the Virgen das Prazeres. They told us they had started at 7 am and would finish by 3 am. Mass at 7 sharp and then the procession to destroy their 20 hours of work.

      From there all through vineyards, down to the river and then back up again, each vista more gorgeous than the last. We ended with a trip up to the miradouro in Casal de Loivos, which I had remembered from previous trips.

      We will finish off the day with dinner in a fairly fancy place, DOC, right on the river about a 15 minute walk from our lovely Quinta da Azenha.
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