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Seguindo para Lisboa

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Nossa passagem pelo Porto foi rápida mas já sabemos que voltaremos para a região norte, que abriga também outras charmosas cidades. Dormimos em um camping próximo de Nazaré e de lá seguimos para a capital Lisboa. Aproveitamos que ficaríamos pelo…

Bem vindo a Portugal e ao Porto

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Com nossas irmãs por aqui nossos dias tem mais se baseado em aproveitar o tempo com elas do que planejar os próximos dias. Como elas vão embora de Lisboa estamos seguindo em direção a cidade. Porém queríamos também aproveitar alguns…

Mourão, Portugal, 10/13

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Our final stop in Portugal was really more of a surprise. We were just looking for a place to stop for lunch when saw the fortress and church of Mourão on top of the hill inviting us. Turned out the…

Monsaraz, Portugal 10/13

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Following our difficult decision to bypass some of the more beautiful places in southern Portugal and head towards Spain, we were making better time now. There were still a couple locations on our route towards the Spanish border that our…

Azaruja, Portugal 10/13

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There was a time when good wine came in a gallon jug with a screw cap. Perhaps we can all remember Carlo Rossi, “No wine is sold before its time”, or good old Red Mountain Burgundy. As our tastes and…

Menhir of Almendres, Portugal 10/3

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Leaving the narrow streets of Évora, we looked on the map for someplace a little quieter to camp and saw that we were near the historic site of the largest single megalithic monument on the Iberian Peninsula, dating back some…

Lisbon #2, Portugal 9/13

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I guess there’s no rest for the weary tourist. Our campsite on the dock near the Belém Ferry Terminal was only a few blocks from the National Carriage Museum. Our friend, Rod Hall, the notorious Class 4 Off-Road and now…

Lisbon #1, Portugal 9/13

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Leaving Cabo da Roca, we headed west to Lisbon, the Capital of Portugal. With a population of 580,000, this City has endured numerous Kings & Rulers battling it out over whose God or Prophet or Savior was the best. The…

Carvalhal and Mafra, Portugal 10/13

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Just as we were leaving Óbidos a few days earlier, Monika briefly met Patrick Cipriano, a young Portuguese who had been born in Switzerland. He was a tour guide and stopped his van, telling his clients he just had to…

Sintra, Portugal 9/13

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Everyone insisted we had to see Sintra and the magnificent Pena National Palace along with the Moorish Castle nearby. In the 19th century Sintra became the first center of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a…

Óbidos, Portugal 9/13

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First occupied by the Romans but abandoned in the 5th century, in 713 the Moors established a fortification on this mountain. In 1148, Obidos was retaken by the first King of Portugal, Alfonso Henriques, and it was one of the…

Praia da Vagueira #2, Portugal 10/13

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During our short stay at Praia da Vagueira we had the opportunity to watch the fishermen who still use traditional methods to set their nets. Each morning around 6:30 we could hear the rusted-out diesel tractors come to life and…

Ofir, Portugal 9/13

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We wanted to explore a little further north of Porto. The first interesting beach we came to that evening was a small resort town called Ofir. The sun was setting over the ocean and we stopped in an empty parking…

Porto #2, Portugal, 9/13

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In the afternoon we did have a chance to visit the cellars of the Cockburn’s winery, one of the many producers of the famous Port Wines that this country is famous for. After an interesting tour we were allowed to…

Porto #1, Portugal 9/13

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Arriving in Porto, we followed the narrow backstreets that our trusted Garmin GPS seems to prefer and found our way to a dusty dirt bag of a campground in an eucalyptus grove. Its sole redeeming point was its proximity to…

Peso da Régua, Portugal 8/13

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Finally, we were in Portugal and ready to experience a new culture. Our Spanish was allowing us to get by. Since one of the famous things in Portugal is Port wine, which comes from the Douro Valley and takes its…

Bragança, Portugal 8/13

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Still following windy secondary roads over the mountains and passing through small villages, we finally came to the Portuguese border. The old Customs House was abandoned so we stopped for a picture and continued on to Bragança. Again it seems…

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PORTUGAL Viana do Castelo  30th June Our first stop off is the coastal city of Viana do Castelo. The city is spilt by the river; on one side sandy beaches and surf, on the other a sculptured rocky coastline, overlooked…