Estalagem Santa Catarina
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... to Miranda Do Douro but didn't find much here so decided to cross the border in to Spain and stay in Zamora. A few reflections on Portugal. Loved the people and thought they were "softer" than the Spaniards. Most Portuguese speak English (the younger ones, anyway) as it is compulsory in schools. It was a much greener, prettier and more productive country than I had imagined. Not ...
Drove into the rain and cold and up the winding road to the top of the Puerto de Pajares. Unfortunately no views but still a steep road leading into the clouds. Then we arrived at the top and I was hugely disappointed to find the beautiful Parador I had stayed at in 1971 was boarded up and derelict and so sad looking. Now up on the high plateau we drove through abandoned villages and new towns with dismal apartment housing. Cranes nesting high on the tops of ruined church ...
Zamora - could be the title of a Dean Martin song. The town brought out my inner crooner - comfy and cleverly modernised NH hotel, honey coloured ancient buildings, a once a year ceramic market, storks nesting on bell towers, breakfast of organic fruits, local sheep cheese, fresh roasted coffee, mild sunny day. (Wifi is a constant challenge so this blog will need to be polished with pics later. ...
the church in full fiesta mode complete with hotdog stalls and a bouncy castle
once a year to celebrate its being built.
We set off from Perena along the GR 14 towards the village
of Villarino. The path was really well signposted once we had left the village.
We arrived in Villarino around 12.30, just as the locals were amassing for the Palm
... to the nines. As best as we could tell, they were just out walking the streets and sitting in the cafés enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon.
While the city is beautiful, filled with great squares, old churches, and wonderful shopping, we found the people not so hospitable. Where the folks in the Basque area were extremely welcoming, the people of Zamora were cold, and at often times downright rude. This is a pretty big city, and we were ...