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As afternoon turned into evening I made a beeline southeast
for Miranda do Douro, a historic small town on the border with Spain that
overlooks the gorge of the Douro/Duero River that forms the border between the
two countries. The town used to be the most northerly of many fortified towns
that guarded the border, but in Miranda the castle and fortifications are now
mostly in run. The Douro ...
Usual outta the sack with a decision to eat somewhere on the way. In a shared dorm last night, so crept out and packed in the foyer. Had ripped the tape from my foot yesterday as the 5 days have passed and left free to let my dear foot get some blessed fresh air for about 16/18 hours but must redo this morning and continue to protect it - clutz update to follow.
We were good for a laugh if anyone had seen the new taping session. The foyer is dark; the lights ...
... looking after their feet!
Hi ho only 6.7km more to tonight's digs. Only about a 22/24km day or something like that. Just gravel, gravel and more gravel alongside the new motorway with a few drops of rain - enough to get us wet - and we eventually cross under the motorway and there is some piece of machinery working - not a loader, grader or digger but a cross between those anyway - working right where we walk - that's ok no stop/go men - simply ...
... and await coffee at the first bar at our destination.
But........a funny sight as we entered town. From a distance you can see what appears as a shrine for pilgrims as you can see the St. James cross from a distance. As you get close its a good laugh. There's Snow White and the seven dwarfs and numerous other kids stories, hikers, African animals, a mermaid, some weird creatures and a kangaroo with a joey! What the??? A good morning laugh and can only think it represents ...
... neglected over the centuries. What has been restored looks modern and I suspect it was too far gone to restore properly. Some of the story boards hint that no one really bothered and the buildings were used by various people of the time and around all the wars of centuries past. It's a mish mash for sure but there is a cathedral, a palace, a castle complete with moat, old door and drawbridge, and you can go inside and see every day except Monday - guess what today ...