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  • Day32

    My first "zero day". Hostel in Santarem

    May 4 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    I have decided to give my body a break, a chance to recover by taking my first "Zero day". No walking today!
    Just sitting in cafe reading and writing!
    This morning I discovered my first open church. There was a service taking place with 15 persons, present. all over 70 years old. One of the congregation, a gentleman of I'm sure 80, was reading the mass out of the midst of the congregation, very unusual!
    In connection with my audiobook from yesterday, I reflected on how crucial "faith" is, in whatever form it may come, to give purpose to life.
    Here old people were coming together to pray and find some kind of hold, a fix point, in a world gone totally crazy.
    Spirituality, on the one side, is found in shared ritual between people, as was the case this morning, but it is also found in the solitude experienced in nature when walking great distances.
    On this topic I bumped into this film on ARTE TV
    One of the quotes of a 'first nation" Indian is wonderful:
    "Let the river run its course, it knows where to go. It will bring you to the source.
    Keep your energy for the turbulence of the rapids.

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    Adrian Nikolai Degode

    Wunderschöne Gebäude.

    Adrian Nikolai Degode

    🤩 enjoying life

    Thomas Spies

    Let the river run its course, it knows where to go. It will bring you to the source. I can relate to that brother! Take care and enjoy the journey. It looks beautiful

  • Day4

    History, art and food

    October 19, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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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    Ian Hill

    Dead I think

    Mary Copeland

    Brings back so many memories. It was almost a year ago that my husband and I walked from Lisbon to Santiago - an interesting time to do that! We saw very few pilgrims, sometimes none for days. But absolutely loved it, especially walking along the coast after Porto.

    Robyn Smith

    Dear Jill, So glad you’re heeding the advice you give others with similar blister issues. And glad that there is much for you to see. The tiles are amazing. Imagine that Ian has been busy importing some for a feature wall at home. Rest up. You need to be on top step from Vigo onwards. Cheers Robyn

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  • Day12


    May 26, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    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

  • Day12

    Santarem - antiquity hitting hard times

    May 26, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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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  • Day6

    P2D3 to Azinhaga 40/198 km

    August 3, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    I slept well (despite the barking dogs). After small breakfast I've got my stamp, paid for the night (20+5e) and set off for Santarém - again 15km through tomato fields as well as some vineyards. In Santarém in a tourist office I've booked a room (or bed) in the next possible accommodation Casa da Azzancha in Azinhaga. So another 26km in the heat. I hope there will be some bars on the way, otherwise I don't know how can I survive it.
    With the last rests of my strength I reach a cafe in Vale de Figueira (26km) and have some beer, coke and water. Still 14 km to go, maybe less, if I find some shortcuts.
    The heat was like in hell. The shortcut weren't there, I've tried one and ended in a corn field, there were no place to make a break, the only freshening was once from the land improvement pipes.
    After some beer, water and coke in Pombalinho I managed the last 2.5 km and arrived eventually in Casa da Azzancha (45e - single room).
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    Wish you find some bar on your way!!!!!


You might also know this place by the following names:

Santarém, Santarem, Scalabis, Σανταρέμ, Сантарен