Almedina Coimbra Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
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Today we visited some fabulous Roman ruins at Conimbriga with great mosaics. Then it was off to a monument under UNESCO World Heritage protection, the Abbey of the Gothic Manueline "Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Vitoria" in Batalha. We finished the day with a visit to Fatima, the Catholic pilgrimage village where Our Lady appeared to 3 shepherd children in 1917. It was awful! Huge with ghastly tacky souvenir shops. Our accommodation tonight is the gorgeous Pousada de Conde de ...
... the river, etc. It’s quite a pretty town, and it sure would be prettier if the sun was out. We walk around the town and decide not to do the boat tour in and around the town because Aaron and I want to do the real thing in Venice, plus the weather doesn’t look promising and it looks like it will bucket down rain soon. We walk in and out of streets to try and find a café to take cover whilst the rain clouds pass, however Aaron and I find a shoe shop and we go into there. ...
Packed and ready to go early on a Sunday morning, we board our buses to ride a few hours to the port city. Raining again, we enter the city of Coimbra home of the oldest university in Portugal. Our guide walks us across the part of the campus that houses the schools of medicine and law towatds the Johannine Library. Over 200,000 ...
... still active today -- in the garden of which Ines (of Peter and Ines fame) was reportedly murdered. Her blood is said to have nurtured the olive trees still growing in the compound today. Anyway, the hotel was a slice of history, with all it's 19th century charm intact, with large drawing rooms, a library, large verandahs, and water gardens. We joked that we could picture 19th century English nobility wintering there, being waiting on hand ...
... They used a traditional Spanish guitar and a Portuguese guitar. Their voices were lovely.
We caught Fatima singing along with the guides and bus drivers who had their own table at the entrance.
Dessert was served - which was ice cream and fruit. Fatima says that all kinds of fruits are grown in Portugal - even the tropical ones like mangoes and bananas. Never would have guessed that ...