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Santarém

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  • Day4

    History, art and food

    October 19 in Portugal

    Here I am in Santarém, with a humongous blister on my foot, having a lovely time sitting in the plaza drinking fiercely strong Portuguese coffee...waiting for the Cathedral to open.

    The pastry shops in this town are just amazing. One small almond tart (a “celestial”, and it was), I could not resist.

    I love the blue tiled art works on railway stations and other public buildings - a great way of teaching as well as bewitching the eye.

    The cathedral was lovely. A great painted ceiling. I also visited some very nice churches. And a museum with a few things that amused me.

    My time being short and not wanting to destroy the rest of the walk with a serious injury, today I took the train.
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  • Day6

    Faith and miracles

    October 21 in Portugal

    After much planning, today I am off to Coimbra, but decided I could not miss Fátima on the way, as it is only a 30km detour, so got an early bus and am here now. Extraordinary place, horrible and awesome at the same time. A church (or cathedral) built with semicircular arms (rather like St Peters square) reasonably unexceptional, in front of which is the shrine itself - basically a statute under an awning. People approach it doing the last 100 metres on their knees. Beside it is a stand on which there are so many lit candles that all the wax melts and it’s like a fire pit. Then a vast new monolithic concrete building - the new church. Horrible! Looks like a prison - no windows visible, nothing decorating it - just a huge circular pile of concrete.

    The town is crammed with shops selling every kind of Catholic symbolic item imaginable.

    Never experienced anything like it. Faith or superstition - your choice. But whichever, it’s seen here on steroids.

    Now waiting for bus to Coimbra. After planning and looking at the possible stages, my time constraints and my physical ability, decided there is no point in trying to walk from further south than Coimbra. As that means some buses I may as well see a few things on the way!
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  • Day5

    Tomar is a lovely place, and I had a great day being a tourist. Tomar was having a fiesta - I never did find out exactly what about, but it was fun. Firstly there was a procession of men on horseback, all dressed as caballeros and the horses decorated richly. Then flowers thrown into the river that flows through the town. Women also dressed up, some in traditional clothing, some in 1920s gear. After watching that I hiked up the top of the hill and explored the Knights Templar castle, and the home of Henry the Navigator, then visited an exhibition from what was said to be the oldest synagogue in Spain (still in use but closed for restoration) and stayed at a good hostel.

    Dinner with another pilgrim, from the UK - an old fashioned radical lefty trade unionist. Interesting take on Brexit.
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  • Day69

    Fátima

    July 16 in Portugal

    Heute geht es für uns weiter nach Fátima, einen großen Wahlfahrtsort. 1917 soll hier drei Hirtenkindern die Mutter Gottes erschienen sein. Am besten hat uns die "Basilika zur heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit" gefallen. Die Stühle sehen ein wenig aus wie in einem großen Versammlungsraum.
    An einer Feuerstelle konnte man Kerzen anzünden. Außerdem kann man sich Körperteile aus Wachs, wie zum Beispiel einen Fuß oder Herz kaufen, und diese im Feuer schmelzen lassen. Ein Fuß kann man schmelzen, wenn man Probleme mit dem Fuß hat oder zum Beispiel ein Herz bei Herzkrankheiten. Außerdem gibt es noch die Erscheinungskapelle und eine weitere Basilika.
    Interessant hier Pilgerer aus der ganzen Welt zu sehen.
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  • Day22

    Fatima Shrine

    May 23 in Portugal

    In Fatima is a basilica built as a shrine to Mary, because she appeared here in 1917 to three children as they were shepherding their sheep. Two of the children, a brother and sister, died only a few years later, and are buried in the basilica. The other child, their cousin, grew up and became a nun. She lived into her 90s. About 4 million pilgrims travel here every year.

  • Day12

    Driving

    May 26 in Portugal

    The roads of England even the motorways have far too many pot holes even on the M25 and to much traffic when compared to the roads of France it is a real pleasure driving in the countryside. We avoid the cities whenever possible. Spain started off very good but as we got south of the mountains the roads deteriorated to the point where we were dodging broken surfaces, holes and dimples. Portugal has by far the best roads best signage and most rescue phones on motorways. Hardly any traffic at all on the Portuguese motorways it is what England must have been like in the sixties. Petrol prices are similar in England and France, they can be 30 cents a litre cheaper in Spain. Portugal has the highest petrol price at around 1.7€ per litre.Read more

  • Day140

    A spiritual journey today - Fatima

    January 21, 2017 in Portugal

    A little spiritual journey today to the town of Fatima. Everyday I think about my life as I travel and everyday I am so grateful for my opportunity to travel, meet people, see this beautiful world, and to know that I am safe. I always say a prayer of thanks at the end of the day and count my blessings for the things I have done and seen. I didn't know what to expect when I did my detour to Fatima today but my inner heart was guiding me. This I learned is a town of pilgrimage where the Immaculate Virgin was seen be three young shepherds in 1916. It is like the second Vatican and Pope John Paul was here at least three times. I walked through the the garden of the stations of the cross which was amongst an olive grove and so serene and beautiful, called the Alustrel. I had the strangest feeling there, something that can't be explained. I then walked to the shrine area and watched people crawl on their knees to the basilica. It was amazing. I watched a young father holding his young baby crawling and he wept while he was doing it. Very moving.Read more

  • Day22

    Tomar Monastery Rotunda

    May 23 in Portugal

    The famous rotunda (round church) was also built in the second half of the 12th century. The church was modeled by the Knights’ thoughts of how King Solomon’s Temple was. It contains many fantastic Gothic and Manueline paintings and sculptures which were added in the 1500s.

  • Day12

    We arrived in this once proud stronghold of Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Moors then Christians after 210 miles of driving.
    Well done Peter and little car.
    Actually just picked Santarem as has easy to reach hotel and we think we can get to Algarve tomorrow from here.
    So not expecting anything we stroll (up hill) to town. Not a great tourist town but it was very interesting. Who discovered Brazil? He is buried here in the ancient church of Grace....not Vasco da Gama .... Pedro Alvarez Cabral! OK the swots among you knew that.
    There is a lovely market building and lots of ancient properties in varying stages of decay...think the vandals have been busy. Lots of empty shops shut in the main streets a testament to the success of online purchasing or a decreasing population. However it was beautiful the main square all cream and white against a dark grey sky.
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  • Day141

    Caio Portugal, Ola Espania

    January 22, 2017 in Portugal

    I spent the day touring Fatima again and ran into Joni from Arizona at the bus station. Told her to walk the garden if the way of the cross. I ran into her later at the exit and she was so happy I had recommended, said it was quite spiritual. I purchased my ticket for the bus to Seville, Spain. I leave here at 7:15 pm and get into Spain at 6am(€57). Not sure how well I am going to sleep on the bus but I'll save on accomodations for one night. It was cool here today and I will be heading to 18 degrees. Portugal has bee a real pleasure to visit.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Distrito de Santarém, Distrito de Santarem, Santarém

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