Herdade do Monte Branco
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A full house at the inn as we head to breakfast. Sharing a table with Canadians from Calgary, we discover that we are all going to see the Iberian megaliths with Mario. A bright and passionate young man originally from Mozambique, he guides a group of 8 to three local sites that date from Neolithic times. The henge circle faces east ...
... is new and the people who run it are very friendly and helpful. They recommended a good restaurant last night and again for tonight.
When we returned from a nice Italian meal, Miguel and Maria, the owners of the hostel opened up a bottle of champagne which was a lovely gesture. We drank a toast to them with Gita and Walter, two German pilgrims we met a couple of days ago. The end of a good day.
... on the waterways as the sun came up. We passed fields of tomatoes, cabbages, sugarcane and peppers in addition to many vineyards. Then as the day became hotter, it was a question of putting one foot on front of the other. As a final twist, the final two miles into Santarem was a steep uphill climb. It's an old Roman town where Julius Caesar had his administrative centre for this ...
... most of it scrappy. A dull, drizzling day further reinforced the bleakness. The last station was Sintra, and as we stepped out of the train it was like breaking through a barrier from one world to another. Suddenly we were through the looking glass, into a green, mountainous region of forests and castles and tourist shops. Our little apartment was accessed through a steel door in a rock wall, then a lush garden with banana plants and an ...
... or meal and makes a wonderful place to people watch.
Capela dos Ossos (English: Chapel of Bones)
From James Weldon Johnson's Ezekiel inspired song;
(dis)connected from the neck bone
Neck bone connected from the shoulder bone
Shoulder bone connected from the back bone
Back bone connected from the hip bone
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