Forte de Sao Francisco
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... with twisting roads on many levels. We get lost and Mrs. Merkel seems to have no idea where she is. We spend ages going round and round, get a fleeting view of the bridge in the distance and eventually get back on to the main road. We are staying at the Vidago Palace Hotel. The porter offers to clean our car for us. Its just what's needed, and its free. It is a huge building. It was built as a Spa Hotel in 1910 because there are mineral springs the and the mineral water is still sold ...
... 8220;Old Europe”, and I’m liking it!
I pulled into a small town named Mondim de Basto and found a 20 Euro room in a hospedaria for the night. I then went out for a steak dinner for 10 Euros with a bottle of Vinho Verde (I know you’re supposed to rink red wine with steak, but I’m in Vinho Verde country here) for an additional 5 Euros. Portugal has to be one of the world’s best value travel ...
... the village and promptly climbed back up and eventually descended to less than 500m after walking around the mountain and looking often over the edge to what should have been amazing views blocked by mist but at one point buddy says "holy heck (well not quite those words) thats a 70 degree drop!" Yep straight over it was! Okay........focus Lari......no falling over the edge!
Finally descended into a village - no bar for coffee of course but we found ...
... and many places (there are few on this lesser walked Camino anyway) have been commandeered by the construction companies. Good business for the accommodation owners but down right useless/scary/hopeless for peregrinos! You can see from the photo I've taken before our final descent some tunnel construction in this area.
This construction has also meant that some notes say you are required to take a detour and then in the next sentence says you can plough through it anyway. ...
... to meet Alan in Madrid.
So, just as our Portugal trip began, so does it end. On our first day in Portugal I met Ruth at our Metro stop in Lisbon and today, I dropped her off at the airport in Porto, a mere 5 minute walk from our hotel, then head back to spend a "free" day of solitude and leisure, hopefully catching up on my writing and reading.
As I was on my way back I noticed two gals – 30 somethings – kitted out in ...