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... ringing the bell beside the reception, the Dutch owner, Siboe, came to greet us and checked us in. We set up on a gravelled pitch offering some shade looking out on to a plantation of cork trees, while beyond is Siboe's small herd of reddish-brown cattle grazing. The Alentejo, a big fertile region, is the breadbasket of Portugal that makes half its wine and is the largest producer of cork in the world. Due to its turbulent past, many of its towns are on hilltops, just ...
After breakfast we chill out in our room till noon and then set off for Évora. It is about an hour and a half drive. It is sunny and about 26 degrees so we take the roof down. The first part is on a country road where the surface is not that good but we are in no hurry. We then get on to a toll motorway for the last 20 miles or so. Yet again we are practically ...
Today we returned to the Lisbon airport to retrieve the lost luggage. Then it was off to Evora with a stop at Cromeleque dos Almendres (the Portuguese Stonehenge approx 5500 BC) and at Anta Grande do Zambujeiro ( large megalithic dolmen 4000 - 3000 BC). Both sights require a drive down a long dirt road and one had huge potholes. We arrived at our hotel around 4:30 and since most of the sights close at 5 we just tried to get oriented. After walking around for 1.5 hrs we ...
... cork trees. The tourist shops are full of it. They can make anything out of cork, none of which you'd actually want. There are cork iPad covers, cork shoes, cork handbags, even cork jackets. I imagine you can buy cork underpants too, if you so desire. You'd be a little uncomfortable, but at least you'd float in an emergency, or stop up a bottle of wine without a blink. Next move: hire a car at Lisbon airport and drive to Evora. This will be ...
... 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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