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So, when we began working on the itinerary for this walk in the spring of 2014, we used a couple of guidebooks to educate us and to give us suggestions on the towns and places to stay in and the duration of our daily walks. We used a book called "Hiking the Camino de Santiago" and the Brierley book of a similar name. In some cases, there are one or possibly more options on the route for the day. Sometimes you choose a route because it is ...
... an extension of the Meseta of
Spain and less heavily forested than the hills country I was in over the
previous day and a half in the province. The area around Miranda is said to
have a regional language still in use in some of the smaller villages that’s
closer to old Iberian Latin than Portuguese or Spanish, which probably explains
why some signs in the area are in a weird second language.
This morning after breakfast we did NOT get on a bus, but spent the time in the lounge gazing at the gorgeous scenery that slipped by. This is one of the pleasures of river cruising, and offers an opportunity to chat with some of your fellow passengers, or read your book, or watch the world go by. Because of the short length of the Douro river, there wasn't much time ...
... there for awhile while the ship's crew peered over the side of the boat. We were not concerned until we heard the ship's pianist (morning lounge entertainment) playing the theme from Titanic! Oh oh!
What had happened was we had pulled over to the side of the channel to allow another boat to pass in the other direction and obviously got a little too close to shore. The capitan used the side thrusters and engines ...
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 ...