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Hoje fugimos do roteiro planejado.
Mas foi uma escolha maravilhosa.
Nós resolvemos ir à Coimbra.
Como não estava nos planos rodamos a cidade toda para encontrar um hotel.
E por fim escolhemos o mais belo!
Fica num morro e tem uma vista linda!
Headed west into Portugal with several locations to check out along the way. The first bombed out so aimed for Coimbra. Set TT to avoid tollways, as apart from the cost, you dont really get to see much of the countryside, and it all whizzes past so quickly (120 km/hr ). Obviously Portugal has a lot of tollways as TT took us on the most circuitous route to Coimbra.
At one stage we weren't sure if we were seeing the same wind farm on the ...
... of the monarchy in 1910, the King's Swiss chef obtained permission to convert the palace into a hotel.
And that's where we come into the picture. We arrived in Bussaco Forest yesterday morning with our guide, Tiago, intent on reviewing the possibilities of a walk through the many trails of the forest. Immediately, however, we were drawn to the Palace Hotel, and were soon on a tour through its astounding halls and chambers, ...
... adept with American euphemisms and idioms.
Our final stop was Coimbra, a historic town that is home to Portugal's first university, dating from the 13th century. We dropped our car at our hotel, and walked into town, passing, along the way, an even older church that inters the remains of Portugal's first two kings. One of the fascinating things about Portugal to a history lover like me is that it threw off the yoke of the occupying Moors (muslims ...
... altar and pulpit still intact. Another favourite in town seems to be Cherry Brandy with a little chocolate cake for 1 Euro. Our next stop is called Alcobaca, a little town with a large Monastery founded back in 1153 by the first Portuguese King Afonso Henriques. The church is very austere in contrast to the tombs of King Pedro I and his mistress Ines de Castro which are very ornate. After our visit to the church we ate ...