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Coimbra

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  • Sep13

    Coimbra

    September 13 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 77 °F

    This story starts with two heroes… Donny and Antonio Ortega.

    As we lounged about our Nazaré AirBnB the last morning, packing a bit, cleaning a bit, catching up on email, news… I started to get that little niggling feeling in the back of my brain that maybe, just maybe I should think about getting ready to leave. I had already ordered the train tickets for our next leg so I had an idea of approximately when we needed to leave. When that little niggle hit, I pulled up Uber only to see the dreaded, “No Cars Available.” Same for taxi app.

    With about 35 mins to finish the last bit of packing, catch a car, and get to train station 10 mins away, I commence panicking which Donny finds hilarious for some reason. Possibly because he clearly had a miracle up his sleeve when he produces a business card from a taxi driver we rode with earlier in the week. A quick call to Antonio Ortega, he can pick us up in 10 minutes, which he does (not always a given here in Portugal) and we get to the station with 10 minutes to spare! I ❤️ me some heroes!

    We head north for a little over 90 minutes by train to Coimbra. This area of Portugal is clearly their “breadbasket”—we passed tons of farms growing vegetables of all kinds but the strangest were what appeared to evergreen trees that were being tapped for their sap. Anyone know what’s up there? The other striking thing about this part of the country are the huge tracts of eucalyptus that have been intentionally planted, most likely encouraged and/or subsidized by the EU according to Donny.

    Quick cab ride to our lovely little hotel right next to the oldest university in Portugal. We walked around a bit but it was pretty warm so we headed back for a late lunch, which turned into a late extended lunch that ran into wine on the rooftop deck which ran into a late dinner with new friends from Atlanta. 😊

    Now we’re hanging out in the room, watching a truly epic rainstorm roll through.
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    Jeff Shelley

    Sounds wonderful!

    9/15/21Reply
    Carol Pratt

    Great to know. Thats what I use in my pine salve. I harvest my own but none the less. Beautiful country. Mom

    9/15/21Reply
    Caroline Edwards

    So, it’s pitch they’re sapping?

    9/16/21Reply
    Carol Pratt

    That would be my guess.

    9/19/21Reply
     
  • Day48

    Studentenstadt Coimbra

    October 20, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Gestern haben wir in Coimbra verbracht, eine Studentenstadt die bekannt ist für Fado. Bei Fado handelt es sich um traditionelle portugiesische Liebeslieder die von Männern vorgesungen werden - Die ideale musikalische Begleitung für ein zwei Super Bock :)
    Die Studenten tragen noch heute schwarze bodentiefe Mäntel, weshalb man sich etwas vor kommt wie in einem Harry Potter Film. Wir hatten sogar das Glück bei einem Aufnahmeritual der neuen Studenten dabei zu sein, einer Mischung aus Trinkspielen und Bootcamp...
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    Mira Schneider

    Und wurdest du aufgenommen oder wart ihr nur Zeugen? 😉

    10/22/19Reply
    Janina Lampe

    Nee wir waren nur Zeugen :D

    10/22/19Reply
    Patrick H.

    Super Bock FTW! 🍻😋

    10/28/19Reply
     
  • Day32

    Coimbra mag keine Wohnmobilisten

    October 18 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Regen und Nebel haben uns bewogen noch einen Tag länger auf dem Stellplatz in Costa de Lavos zu bleiben. Es ist schon erstaunlich, dass die Gemeinde einen so toll gelegenen Stellplatz mit Ver- und Entsorgung überhaupt und dann noch kostenfrei zur Verfügung stellt. Ich nutze den Tag um ein wenig am "Braganca Video" zu arbeiten und sauge dabei die Aufbaubatterien mal so richtig leer. Trotzdem reicht es natürlich für Spaziergänge an den einsamen Stränden von Lavos. Am kommenden Tag wird das Wetter dann auch schon wieder besser und wir machen uns auf den Weg nach Coimbra. Dort steuern wir einen größeren Parkplatz am Schwimmbad und am Park gelegen an. Das könnte auch für eine Nacht ein akzeptabler Übernachtungsplatz sein. Wir gehen aber erst einmal auf Besichtigungstour. Zunächst ist die große Universität in der Oberstadt das Ziel. Hier wird gerade viel renoviert, aber trotzdem ist es sehr beeindruckend. Mittags gönnen wir uns dann in der Untertadt eine angenehme Pause bei Salat und Fisch. So gestärkt kann es dann auch durch die Altstadt gehen und wir lassen uns durch die schmalen und alten Gassen mit den vielen kleinen und ursprünglichen Geschäften treiben. Das hat Spaß gemacht, ist aber auch ganz schön anstrengend gewesen, denn die Temperaturen sind doch noch einmal auf 27 Grad hoch geklettert. Zurück am Wohnmobil ist eigentlich nur noch Ausruhen angesagt, doch es dauert nicht besonders lange, bis die örtliche Polizei aufschlägt und uns darauf aufmerksam macht, dass es in Coimbra für Wohnmobile leider keinerlei Übernachtungsplätze gibt. Komplett unverständlich, aber Diskussionen machen da keinen Sinn. Also fahren wir doch noch ein Stück weiter zu einem Campingplatz an einem Fluss, den ich eh auf dem Plan hatte. Aber schnell wird klar, dass auch das nicht klappt. Hier ist die Saison längst vorbei und der Campingplatz dicht. Der Platz ist aber nicht so schlecht, also kurzer Hand in der benachbarten Bar gefragt, ob wir hier stehen bleiben dürfen. Das geht! Also erst einmal in der Bar am Fluss ein Bier getrunken und die nette Bekanntschaft mit einem Briten und einer Mexikanerin gemacht. Mal sehen wie die Nacht hier wird.Read more

  • Day32

    Wandering around the campus

    October 5, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After seeing all these wonderful buildings at the University of Coimbra, and as it was a lovely sunny day, we decided to explore the campus a bit more widely. We passed a number of faculty buildings, including the Medicine, Chemistry, Physics and Botany faculties. When we reached the edge of the campus, we could see what looked like an Aquaduct which ran along the side of the Botanical Gardens (also part of the university). It turns out it is the Aqueduto de São Sebastião. We also popped into the Botanical Gardens for a quick look, but decided not to go all the way in.

    We then decided to head back up to the Science Museum, located on the University campus but, as the main part was closed for cleaning, we instead went to the Museu Nacional De Machado De Castro - located just across the road - where we first had lunch in their restaurant, which has great views.
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  • Day32

    Ceremonial Hall and Yellow Room

    October 5, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We next explored the Royal Palace, which was used by the first kings of Portugal, starting with Afonso Henrique in 1131, before it became part of the university. First stop was what is known as the yellow room, a place where the medical faculty met. We then saw the Ceremonial Hall, which originally was the throne hall. It is currently used by the University for most of its official ceremonies, including the ceremony of investiture of the rector, the formal opening of the academic year, and doctors Honoris Causa. PhD oral exams are still conducted in this room. The current design and decoration of this room dates back to 1655, and the portraits of all Portuguese kings, excluding the dynasty of the Philips during the period when Portugal was under Spanish rule.Read more

  • Day31

    First impressions of Coimbra

    October 4, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We left our apartment to explore the city and get an initial feel for our immediate area. First thing we learnt was that if a car comes down the very narrow streets, and they do, you need to hug the wall or step into a void, as you just need to get out of the way! We headed down our street and found ourselves at the river. Coimbra is a fairly hilly city, with lots of steep streets and walkways and stairs.

    We wandered down the main pedestrian mall to check out the shops and just take it all in. We encountered some uni students, who are very recognisable in their black suits and robes - very Harry Potter like. During our wanderings we noticed a lovely little restaurant around the corner from our apartment, so we decided to head there for an early dinner later in the evening. Before heading back to the apartment, we stopped for a glass of rosé in little cafe on the stairs leading up to our street, and just take in the relaxed atmosphere. We have noticed that Fado is very popular here in Coimbra as it was in Lisbon, and there are a lot of Fado bars in our area.
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  • Day18

    Paço das Escolas

    September 14, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Coimbra beherbergt eine der ältesten Universitäten Europas von 1290 und ist heute in dem ehemaligen Königspalast zu Hause. Dadurch sind alle zentralen Gebäude sehr pompös und edel verziert. Im ehemaligen Königssaal finden heute die akademischen Zeremonien statt. Dazu haben wir die älteste erhaltene Königskapelle besucht.Read more

  • Day18

    Bibliothek

    September 14, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Um 14 Uhr haben wir dann das Highlight der Universität, die 1720 erbaute Bibliothek, besucht. Die Räumlichkeiten sind wunderschön mit sehr alten Regalen, Verzierungen und Malereien. Die rund 60.000 Bücher sind meist vor dem 18 Jh. und überwiegend in Lateinischer Sprache geschrieben. Darunter Bibeln von 1462 und 1572. Hier leben Fledermäuse, um die Bücher vor Insekten zu schützen.Read more

  • Day31

    Arcada for dinner

    October 4, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We headed out for an early dinner, arriving at Arcada just after 6.30 to find it wasn’t open yet. So, while Ian waited at the restaurant I strolled down the road to check out if there were other options if this one didn’t open. There were several other options, but luckily Arcada soon opened. We were their first customers, and decided to sit outside. The staff (who are students from the University) were great, really helpful with assisting us choosing the wine, and told us if we ordered too much food. There was a very friendly and cute neighbourhood dog that kept hanging around hoping for some titbits - he would even sneak into the restaurant, but was chased out by the staff.

    For dinner we had stuffed mushrooms, a sandwich of pork, caramelised onions, mayonnaise and Padron peppers, chorizo, and a sardines boat, Everything was so fresh and delicious, but in terms of presentation the sardines were the standout. As we were sitting outside, as people wandered past and checked out the menu, Ian would tell them how good the food was and encourage them to come in. I think he probably convinced 4 or 5 couples during the evening.

    One couple from the US, who were in Portugal celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, sat next to us and we had a lovely night chatting to them, and then later a couple from Vienna also sat near us and joined in the conversation. There was also a lovely young German couple, and a young Italian boy called Lorenzo that kept coming out to get our attention. He was very cute, but we think his mum got a bit embarrassed, as she thought he was annoying us but he wasn’t.

    We decided to treat ourselves to dessert, a trio of tastes to share, which comprised of a key lime pie, almond mousse and chocolate mousse. Dessert also came with 2 glasses of port, which Ian had to drink, as I had ordered a local Portuguese gin which was very nice - it was called Anicis. The staff then also brought out a shot of a local digestive, for the six of us and themselves, to toast new friendships. It was a really great night, and we didn’t end up getting home until about 11.30 pm.
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  • Day15

    Coimbra

    October 1, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Coimbra rayonne grâce à son université, une des plus ancienne au monde encore en activité au même titre que la Sorbonne ou Oxford.
    Drapés dans leur cape noire, ses étudiants représentent un tiers de sa population, d'où le fourmillement de bonnes adresses bon marché pour boire un verre ou se sustenter.
    Une étape incontournable !
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Coimbra, Coïmbra, Κόιμπρα, Koimbro, Coímbra, CBP, コインブラ, Коимбра, Koímbra, 科英布拉