Solar Dos Marcos
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... series of plazas where we bump into Mario & Johanna again. The imposing cathedral dates from the 15C reflecting the significant power-base associated with the emerging city at that time. The exterior is in the high gothic style typical of the Isabellan period. Astorga was besieged during the Peninsular War and there is a fine statue of the Leon lion with the Napoleonic eagle in its claws. Next to the cathedral is another extraordinary Gaudi palacio. Enjoyed an ...
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 ...
... do this. Of course, we did go through a lock or two, including one that is over 100 feet deep.
We continued to see the hillsides lined with grapevines, but also began to see olive trees and almond trees. Both of those products are significant exports from Portugal.
After lunch we boarded the buses, and visited the town of Figueira de Castelo Rodigo, up in the hills, ...
A little excitement today. We left our moorage at Barca d'Alva at 5:30AM. We never heard a thing as we did not wake up until 8:45, barely making it to breakfast before it closed at 9:30!
We watched our transfer through another lock with the 2nd largest change in water level-109 feet! After that we were lounging in the front of the boat when we experienced a bump- bump-bump and the boat came slowly to a stop. ...
Some asides regarding the trip so far. We spend each night tied up to a dock. Night traffic on the river is not allowed. Not a problem as far as we are concerned. The river is not that long so we never have far to go the next day.
Do you know where cork comes from? Turns out it is the bark of a local tree. After 25 years you can peel off the bark from the cork tree and process it for all sorts of things. We have seen hats, belts, wallets, and purses made ...