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... we paid 2.60 E to get in. We went
to see the cistern first. It is 30 feet high and and 150 feet long. It was
about half full and had a little boat in it. The echo was fun. The castle
needed a large cistern to be able to have a 6 months supply of water in case of
a long siege. The castle is in good repair. We spent about an hour climbing up
towers to look at the amazing views.
After visiting the castle, we acrossed ...
... the second century BC. By 25 BC, the town had baths, a
forum, and aqueducts. The finest buildings were built in the 2nd and 3rd
centuries AD. One of the largest houses discovered in the Western Roman Empire
is located here. It was built around an ornamental pool built in a colonnaded
garden. The floor mosaics of this house were well preserved and very beautiful.
We enjoyed seeing the riuns. We wondered how ...
... were in Portuguese. But they did have expansive explanations of Salazar's impact on peasant farming and the bread making economy that we could read. It was waaay too lengthy for our interests but it seemed to conclude that the central planning and price fixing under Salazar, resulted in the people clinging to old methods with low output while the rest of Europe advanced.
... we were very near. We made it to the tapestry museum in time.
Museu da Tapešaria de Portalegre Guy Fino
There is one "must visit" in Portalegre. Its museum houses Portalegre's unique contemporary tapestry. It’s named after the factory founder who created an innovatory 'stitch’. We were the only visitors and it was interesting and worth the trouble to get there.
... and very rich dessert. Something I was not expecting to try was sardines...and yuck yuck yuck!!! Even a very small taste was disgusting! But hey..gotta try everything once! We walked around for a while, got a glass of wine, and enjoyed the new scenery that is so very different than our homes. But different in a good way...makes you think and feel thankful for the things you take for granted!
Heard a large group ...