Coimbra (Sé Nova)

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    • Day 14

      Piódão et Coimbra

      September 23, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Après une nuit paisible passée en bordure de route à Piódão, nous sortons se chercher un café près de l'église après déjeuner puis on va voir la piscine naturelle du village. Elle ressemble à celle de Poz d'Égua, le village voisin. Pas de saucette ce matin, car il ne fait pas encore très chaud et surtout l'eau des montagnes est vraiment froide! Nous avons encore une belle vue sur le village à flanc de montagne. Nous reprenons la route un peu jusqu'à la piscine naturelle de Poz d'Égua, étant donné qu'on ne l'avait vu que très brièvement la veille. C'est vraiment un bel endroit. On file ensuite vers Coimbra, une ancienne ville située à 1h30-2h de route de là.

      Coimbra fût à un moment la capitale et elle regorge de constructions médiévales. En y arrivant, on va tout de suite s'installer au camping municipal un peu en périphérie puis on prend l'autobus de ville pour se rendre dans la partie historique. Il y a là beaucoup de monde qui se promène dans les petites rues bordées de boutiques et de cafés. Vraiment un bel endroit et on profite de l'après-midi pour explorer la ville. On fait la visite de quelques églises style baroque. Vraiment de beaux endroits à voir. Coup de coeur instantané! La chaleur et les marches nous poussent à acheter une succulente Gelato (oh que ce n’est pas facile!). Plus tard on trouve un excellent restaurant où la serveuse brésilienne tombe sous le charme de Félix et Sam. On passe vraiment un bon moment. On termine la soirée en marchant encore un peu dans les rues puis on se prend un taxi pour retourner au camping. Encore une belle journée bien remplie et aussi quelle belle surprise que cette ville. On ne s'y attendait pas, Coimbra nous a séduites!
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    • Day 17

      Coimbra- Velha Universidade

      May 28, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Coimbra was great but wet! A fantastic old university town with centuries of history and a magnificent botanic gardens. Overnite the football celebrations continued til at least 4am and I had a great view of the fans and Coimbra Prison from my bedroom balcony. After breakfast it was time to wander! Housed in the Royal Palace, Biblioteca Joanina was built in 1717 by Dom Jao V ( looks like Henry V111) Containing 200,000 books dating back to the 12th century it is awe inspiring. Baroque in style with frescoed ceilings and fantastically carved wood panelling. St Michael’s Chapel organ is massive and seems to hang from the wall. The Main Hall in the Royal Palace is like Hogwarts dining room. Reckon the whole place inspired JK Rowling. The Se cathedral and cloisters were beautiful. Tiles are everywhere and I particularly like the 13th century image of angry sheep!! A pity it was too damp to spend hours in the gardens. Caught the train to Porto, met a nice American with a rescue dog Fina, which bit me !! So I finally get to use a bit of my medical kit and am sitting back in my hotel thinking about the next leg of the trip… ‘singing in the rain’.Read more

    • Day 16

      Dag 16

      April 28, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      De stad Coimbra bezocht vandaag. Als eerste de Botanische tuinen van de Universiteit bezocht. Daarna naar de universiteit zelf. Dit is een zeer grote site met verschillende gebouwen. Waaronder het koninklijk paleis en de oude bibliotheek. (Hier mocht je geen foto’s maken)
      Daarna nog even rondgewandeld in de stad en een lekker ijsje gegeten. S’avonds een eitje gebakken want ik had in de stad al een hamburger op.
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    • Day 4

      Morning of day 4

      April 1 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      This morning, we went a university, founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra (UC) is one of the oldest universities in the world and the oldest in all of Portugal. Up until the early part of the 20th century, it was also the only Portuguese-speaking university in the world.
      Beautiful campus. Was for prestigious male students until the 1800's. The most interesting part was the library. It was a scene out of Harry Potter with 2 levels of books, accessible only by the librarian, the 2nd level accessible by ladder only. Decorated in beautiful wood with real gold inlays.

      Fun facts
      *The library has a jail in the basement.
      *Students that were caught speaking any language other than Latin would be placed in that jail.
      *The picture attached of weapons are what the University guards carried with them.
      *If you were late to class, caught leaving campus, didn't agree with professors and university beliefs, unacceptable grades, you were sent to jail.
      *At night, the release bats into the library to eat the insects in order to keep the insects at bay.
      *No photohlgraphs allowed in the library.

      Ww also viewed the church and secret rooms for the professors. The University sits on a hill. We walked up and down many stairs.

      Very interesting tour. Great lunch today- Tosta de Bacalhau. Yum!
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    • Day 8

      Tag 8: Weiterreise nach Coimbra

      August 28, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Heute klingelte der Wecker früher als sonst. Die Weiterreise nach Coimbra stand an. Nachdem wir die Wohnung richteten und Koffer packten, fuhren wir pünktlich um 9 Uhr los. Nach drei Stunden Fahrt stand der erste Zwischenstopp an: Fátima. Die Pilgerstadt Fátima besichteten wir die Basilika zur Heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit und die Basilika unserer lieben Frau des Rosenkranzes von Fátima.
      Nach vielen interessanten Eindrücken fuhren wir weiter nach Coimbra. Dort angekommen waren wir nicht nur vom ersten Eindruck der Stadt begeistert, sondern auch von der Wohnung.
      Jetzt lassen wir den Abend in der Sonne (Daniel im Schatten) ausklingen.
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    • Day 8–9


      April 8 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 59 °F

      On our journey from Algorge to Coimbra, we encountered a less-than-ideal day for riding. It was chilly and windy, and the rain poured intermittently, which forced us to take multiple stops along the way. These stops allowed us to meet fellow Canadian pilgrims we had previously encountered at an Albergue (camino hostel) the night before. This is one of the cool things about the Camino: the impromptu run-ins along the way and the story-swapping. We were fortunate to have discovered the Roman ruins in Conimbriga, which we may have otherwise missed.

      We decided to cut the day short and crossed the Santa Clara bridge to reach Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal. This time, we chose to break away from the usual albergue accommodation and stayed at Zero, a minimalist Japanese concept hotel that featured rooms made of wooden boxes. Although the rooms were small, we were glad we weren't claustrophobic. Following a quick shower, we set out to find a place to eat. We stumbled upon a hole-in-the-wall gem that offered typical Portuguese dishes.

      Afterward, we explored the city further and climbed the steep cobblestone sidewalk that led to The University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in the world, established in 1290. We were awed by its stunning architecture and the spectacular view of the Mondego River. We also had the opportunity to witness a "Praxe," a freshman initiation ritual that is akin to rushing a fraternity or sorority. It was an interesting spectacle.

      On our way back to the hotel, we decided to take the Portuguese version of the Exorcist Steps, an adventure in itself, but we made it back to our Japanese box safely. Overall, despite the challenging weather, we had a full day of memorable days filled with unexpected adventures and experiences.
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    • Day 6

      University of Coimbra

      March 30, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Coimbra has been an educational institution since around 1200. The university was originally a Royal Palace. The ancient library has around 60,000 books and is a current reference source for students. You will see some students wearing formal robes around town and around campus. Reminds you of Harry Potter when you see them.
      A degree from Coimbra in either medicine or law is considered prestigious.
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    • Day 13

      Coimbra Day Two

      April 12, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Our first rainy day. We made the most of it visiting the Museum National de Machado de Castro and Roman Crypts. We started with exploring the extensive ancient Roman crypts and halls - we got a bit lost - they were that big. From there the museum followed with ancient sculpture and relics. Next paintings, then paintings, then ceramics, then jewelry. It was never ending. We quit for lunch at noon not getting through to the last quarter. Our heads were full.

      Our bellies were not. We ate at the museum cafe with a view overlooking the town. I was taken by the density of houses and the lack of cars everywhere. They just didn’t fit in lots of the alleyways. It afforded a sense of quiet and peace hard to obtain when you have to fight to talk above traffic. There are pastelerías everywhere you turn. Sheryl bought some almond tarts to share for dessert.

      We had tickets to see a most important part of the old university - the Library. It was stunningly beautiful - however - we had exactly 10 minutes to explore the two library rooms with no possibility to take photos and no signs or other information about the library. We were frustrated that we just couldn’t really understand what we were looking at. Why were there some shelves empty of books? What was the significance of the place to the university and how was it organized? How did they access the impossibly high shelves? What were the symbols and representations painted on the ceilings all about? Etc. Honestly, it seemed overpriced and disappointing.

      Connected were the halls for students to present their dissertations for their degrees with a court of scholars seated in the large hall. It seemed like it was deliberately designed for intimidation. This building was connected to the palace with beautiful tile work.

      Even with the cloud and rain, we still walked and walked and walked the streets/alleyways getting periodically lost and returning back to the same squares. Tomorrow we leave for Porto. I see port in our future.
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    • Day 9

      Tag 9: Coimbra

      August 29, 2022 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Den heutigen Tag verbrachten wir in der Studentenstadt Coimbra. Sofort war für uns klar, dass es sich bei Coimbra um ein Juwel hält, dass in den Reiseführern mehr Beachtung benötigt. Die zahlreichen spanischen Touristen wussten dies schon. Das UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe hat jede Menge zu bieten.
      Wir begannen unseren Tag in einem kleinen Cafe bei dem „Mosteiro de Santa Cruz“. Nachdem wir genügend Kalorien zu uns nahmen, besichtigten wir direkt die Kirche. Anschließend besichtigten wir noch die katholische Kathedrale „Sé Velha“, die uns architektonisch udn kulturhistorisch interessierte. Danach führte uns der Weg durch die historische Altstadt zum Campus der Universität. Beeindruckt von dem palastähnlichen Gebäude, wollten wir noch den „Torre cabra“ besichtigen. Mutig erklommen wir die 184 Stufen in einem engen Treppenhaus, um mit einer atemberaubenden Aussicht auf die Stadt belohnt zu werden.
      Anschließend gingen wir in den „Jardim botânico da universidade de coimbra“. Der botanische Garten ist ein absolutes Highlight.
      Nach der ganzen Lauferei machten wir am „Rio Mondego“ Pause, tranken einen Kaffee und entspannten. Wir wollten es uns nicht nehmen lassen mit der Bimmelbahn durch Coimbra zu fahren und so konnten wir nochmals viele Attraktionen von einem anderen Blickwinkel sehen.
      Zum Schluss ging es nochmal bergaufwärts zu unserer Unterkunft, dort machten wir uns für das Abendessen frisch.
      Das Abendessen nahmen wir in einem authentischen portugiesischen Restauran zu uns, der „Taverna Casa Costa“. Das essen war fantastisch und die Preise unschlagbar.
      Morgen geht es nun weiter nach Viseu, dem Geburtsort von Tiago.
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    • Day 111


      July 14, 2023 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Giro veloce a Coimbra con annesso pranzo-cena fregatura in cerca di una Francesiña vegetariana,a avevamo davvero troppa fame a quel punto, dopo tutti i giri nelle aldeie ed il trekking senza toccare cibo 😅.
      L'abbiamo poi trovata in periferia in un posto davvero molto bello, la taverna Cumpostu (seconda cena 😀!)
      È stata una lunga ricerca, ma ce l'abbiamo fatta!
      Per le poche ore passate Coimbra sembra molto giovane e viva, sicuramente da rivedere.
      È anche una bella cittadina universitaria.
      Dani dice che ha troppe salite 🤣!
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