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    • Day 6


      May 4, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      En route pour Lisbonne, nous nous arrêtons ce matin à Obidos, charmant village escarpé au pied d un chateau d architecture médiévale, où ses ruelles colorées nous invitent à entrer ds les multiples boutiques de souvenirs (tourisme oblige).
      Nous dégustons le ginja, liqueur de cerise servie ds de ttes petites tasses en chocolat destinées à être croquées une fois la liqueur avalée. C etait un remède de grand mère pour soigner les petits rhumes des enfants! Puis vers midi nous repartons vers la prochaine étape. Nous n arriverons à Lisbonne qu en fin de journée.
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    • Day 54


      November 23, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      After visiting Buddha Eden this aire was only a five minute drive away. Not sure if there's much around but an ideal stop off after a days sightseeing.
      After arriving and setting up we took a walk around the town, it's a uninspiring place, like many towns all over the world, it looks like it needs an influx of cash for regeneration. However unlike any town I've ever been to in the UK this place has a dedicated area set aside for motorhomes, with a drive over drain for grey waste, fresh water tap and a place to empty and wash the casette toilet. These kind of facilities bring people in and there were 4 of us parked up last night.
      After a old school Saturday night spent watching tv and eating pizza with home made chips this morning we are sat outside the local intermarche doing much needed laundry before heading off to the next location.....wherever that may be.
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    • Day 495


      July 1, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      So. Gestern bin ich mit Christian mal ein paar Stunden mit den Rollern durch die Pampa gefahren, wobei wir unter anderem LKW Werkstätten abgeklappert haben. Gut, wir haben auch Flamingos gesehen, aber was soll's?

      Prompt habe ich einen Termin bei IVECO für heute 09.00 bekommmen um endlich meine edlen Stoßdämpfer von Marquart einbauen zu lassen. Dadurch, das sie in der Heckgarag liegen, fährt sich der Wagen ja nicht wirklich besser.

      Es ist, wie in den Foren beschrieben: Die Kiste fährt sich wie ein anderes Auto. Die Schaukelei ist weg. Herrlich. Man kann auch endlich flüssig über die Bodenschwellen rauschen, ohne das ich befürchten mit, das es ein Porzellanpuzzle im Geschirrschrank gibt. Den Alufraß an den Seiten und den kleinen Heckschaden machen die mir im August auch heil, wenn ich möchte.

      Christian war so nett und hat mich aus der Werkstatt abgeholt und mit zu seinem Haus genommen. Es war Bier im Kühlschrank und sonst auch sehr schön, wie überhaupt die ganze Gegend. Ich kann mir trotzdem noch nicht vorstellen, irgendwo was zu kaufen.
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    • Day 532

      Buddha Eden - Garden of Peace

      November 19, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      In 2001, wealthy Portuguese investor and art patron, José Berado, was so incensed by the Taliban governments destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan that he decided to create a large sculpture park on the grounds of his winery in order in pay homage to cultural and spiritual monuments.

      The result is Buddha Eden, 86 acres of manicured gardens interspersed with lakes, sculptures and contemporary art, surrounded by fields and vines, just an hour north of Lisbon.

      We visited on a bright, sunny day and were immediately impressed by the immense Buddha statues standing and reclining above the cork trees, the gold decoration glistening from afar. The topiary olive trees were a first for us but they worked perfectly alongside the water where koi carp came to investigate us.

      The garden has evolved over the years and now features the African Sculpture Art Garden dedicated to the Shona people of Zimbabwe who have been carving stone into works of art for over a thousand years. There are now over 200 works of African art on display through the winding bamboo walkways. This part of the garden is currently being expanded and we were able to see the fabulous recreations of some of Africa's wildlife in recycled metal. We look forward to seeing the final result when the landscaping is complete and the art is placed in situ.

      Part of Berado's own sculpture collection is also on display with contemporary art works from far afield.

      Over a bridge and around a corner and we were greeted by a cobalt blue replica of the terracotta army from China!

      Our visit culminated in the shop where we were able to buy some wine from the vineyard, although many others from Portugal's vineyards were available.

      We have seen lots of interesting places on our travels over the years but we both agreed that this was one of the best as it surprised us at every corner.
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    • Day 13

      Werkstatt - ein nicht so günstiger Tag

      December 27, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Heute war einer dieser Tage die man gerne und schnell al akta legen möchte. Wir haben den Tag in der IVECO Werkstatt verbracht. Nachdem der Mechaniker die vorderen Bremsen erneuert hatte und feststellte das diese eigentlich in Ordnung waren, waren dann auch noch die hinteren dran. Allerdings war ich verwundert über den Stundensatz von 35 EURO für eine Fachwerkstatt. In Deutschland das Vierfache ....Read more

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