Vila Nova de Foz Côa

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  • Day8

    Day 8. Vila Nova de Foz Coa

    August 16, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Where on earth is Foz Coa? It is on the eastern side of Portugal near the Spanish border.
    The purpose of the long bus ride to the other side of the country was to visit the Pre historic Rock Art site. I was unable to book a visit on their site (quite useless) and this was confirmed by the staff at the hostel.
    On arrival I left Shirl drinking a coffee whilst I went to visit the Museo Office. Could not locate it. Then the Tourist Office. a most unhelpful woman confirmed she could not book visits and was unsuccessful in ordering a taxi for me.
    I did not appreciate humping both bags 1 km to the hostel, which is the only accommodation in town. (I will Check this out tomorrow)
    The staff in the hostel were indifferent to us but the room is very good.
    I was very grumpy at this stage but later we managed to find a good tapas/restaurant and enjoyed a pleasant meal. The beer went down well.
    We will explore tomorrow.
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  • Day8

    Day 9. Foz Coa.

    August 16, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    This morning we made a change to our itinerary, cancelling our proposed 5 day walk from Fidenza, over the Passa della Cisa to Pontremoli. Instead we have booked an apartment in Pissoia, giving Shirl,s arm more time to heal before the Via Francesco.
    We discovered that yesterday was Assumption day( Public Holiday) in Portugal perhaps explaining lack of interest by the Tourist and Hostel Staff.
    Shirl discovered a walking trail to the Museum 4 kms away. Newly sign posted it was easy to follow. The countryside reminds us of Port Augusta. We came across a shepherd and his flock of sheep blocking the road. He invited us to walk through them which we did with trepidation. No problems. I thank him and we went on our way with the flock following us.
    We were surprised on arrival at the museum to be told that there were spaces available on the afternoon's tour. Then disappointed when told the starting point was 14 kms away and we needed to make our own way there. We settled for a tour of the museum. Very informative. The artists scribed over the work of other previous ones, making it sometimes difficult to see the images.
    We discovered why I had no response when trying to book a tour. All spots taken by tour groups.
    The predicted temp today was 36degs, so perhaps a blessing we didn't go.
    We left to return to the town and came across a group of young boys and their guardian who told us that a free tourist train operated 3 times each morning to correspond to the tours. We jumped at the offer of a free ride to town. The guardian tried to arrange a private guide but all slots were full.
    A good lunch then we returned to escape the afternoon heat.
    Evening saw us having a drink at the Sunset Bar before walking into town and enjoying the relative coolness of the evening breeze.
    Shirl has suggested that she carries her own rucksack tomorrow to relieve the pressure on me. We'll give it a go.
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  • Day22

    bridges and locks

    November 10, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We had an easy morning on the ship. A welcome rest after yesterday's long day. We are now heading back downstream, so we passed through the last lock from the other day.

    Then we passed under a bridge so low we actually scraped the top railing a bit.

  • Day18

    boarding the boat

    November 6, 2016 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    They had to move the boat from Porto to another port up river because we don't have as much daylight that they normally would to get to our next destination. The bus drivers got a little lost but we eventually arrived and had an easy time getting settled in.

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