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After yesterday's efforts, we decided we needed a rest day to allow our bodies to rest and recuperate . Today is also Margita's birthday and so we spent a leisurely day wandering around Santarem.
It's very quiet today as it's Sunday but there are plenty of things to see including the old Roman castle and outpost, the cathedral and numerous churches and statues.
The hostel where we ...
Azambuja to Santarem I have just enjoyed a wonderful refreshing shower and stayed for ages so that my aching body could be revitalised. The sun has been relentless and there has been little or no shade. We made many short stops for food, water and a little break. Knowing it was going to be a long 30kms walk across flat agricultural land, we set off early in the cool morning air. The mist ...
... like the ones in Segovia, Spain and Nimes, France with the Romans, but this one was built over many decades leading up to its completion in 1622.
The scenery is the Alentejo is somewhat closer to my
expectations of what Portugal looks like, a rolling plain with occasional
hills, mostly open grazing land with widely spaced short cork oak and holm oak
trees that make it look like a park, many olive groves, ...
Well what an adventure we had trying to find our hotel in the historic part of Badajoz. Talk about a rabbit warren of one way streets and pedestrian only streets we went over to get to it! Marty had to literally drive up on the footpath in one street because they were so narrow - we didn't think there would be any hotel in these streets but yip sure enough we found it - eventually!
I can't say I'm too ...
Our last day in Portugal was spending time with the Fergusons and the Morenos having a lunch of the Brazilian national dish - the feijoada, just google it. It was really good bonding time for our families. It was jump at like the christening feast - long table with plenty of food and wine.
Our time in Portugal is coming to an end and we will miss Maria's family.