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... in the afternoon we took a one hour cruise up and down the Mondego River. We got great views of the city.
The river was quite crowded with young people, possibly teenagers, in P class yachts and others in canoes. There seemed to be a minimum of supervision but when a few capsized and they stood up in chest high water we understood why. The river is very shallow.
After our cruise we returned to ...
... the equivalent of their student bookstore and get Charlotte and Anna the university sweatshirts they so desired.
While in the old town, we scouted out the restaurant at which our "Fado experience" was booked, and upon seeing it, quickly realized that there was no hope of getting the van up into that part of the old town, let alone park it.
We enjoyed a welcome cocktail at the hotel before taking a couple of cabs over to ...
... ice cream loving peacocks in Cristos gardens. For 5.50€ ($8au) you received soup, bread, bottled water and the plate of the day... Which just happened to be fresh grilled sardines... See picture of Jordan salivating. The food was so good we returned the following days for Portugese delights and to get our vinho verde on. Asides from eating we are till trying to get over our urge to walk everywhere. So to spice ...
... Henriques the first king of Portugal moved the capital to Coimbra where it stayed until 1256.
The heart of of the city is Coimbra University. One of the oldest universities in Europe it is presently housed in the royal palace. One of the oldest and largest libraries in Europe is a central part of the university. Three connecting rooms dedicated to the different disciplines are lined with ancient books on ...
... Lagrimas which is and old country house on the edge of the town which has had new wings added and a golf course, spa etc. I thought we had finished with tight squeezes but when we do finally find the entrance to the hotel it is through an extremely narrow gateway. Although it is only 12.30 our room is ready. As we are SLH Club Members we have been upgraded to the master suite which is beautiful. We get a taxi in to ...