Hospederia el Convento
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... we paid 2.60 E to get in. We went
to see the cistern first. It is 30 feet high and and 150 feet long. It was
about half full and had a little boat in it. The echo was fun. The castle
needed a large cistern to be able to have a 6 months supply of water in case of
a long siege. The castle is in good repair. We spent about an hour climbing up
towers to look at the amazing views.
After visiting the castle, we acrossed ...
... the second century BC. By 25 BC, the town had baths, a
forum, and aqueducts. The finest buildings were built in the 2nd and 3rd
centuries AD. One of the largest houses discovered in the Western Roman Empire
is located here. It was built around an ornamental pool built in a colonnaded
garden. The floor mosaics of this house were well preserved and very beautiful.
We enjoyed seeing the riuns. We wondered how ...
... made of marble as well. The whitewash, that makes the buildings glow, is made from marble dust.The marble comes from a 25-mile strip between Vila Viçosa and Estremoz. A core sample made revealed that the marble rock is 1,250 feet deep!
Elvas (not Elvis) An Impressive Garrison, Population 18,106
We left the lovely town of Vila Vicosa and followed the small roads along vineyards and ranches to ...
Yesterday (Thursday) whilst the weather outlook still looked favourable, we decided to 'do' the town of Castel de Vide, about five miles away. On the recommendation of Chris at the site, we headed first for the viewpoint overlooking the town itself to take in the small Chapel of Our Lady of Penha, which after parking up is accessed by a winding flight of cobbled steps - we thought it was reminiscent of the scene from the film 'Mamma Mia'! Once ...
Shortly after waving off neighbours Nick and Caroline yesterday (Wednesday) morning we set off on our bikes (ashamed to say it is the first time I have used mine for about a month) turning left outside the gates, along quiet lanes. The landscape was very reminiscent of parts of the UK with its boulders, dry stone walls and oak trees, but the cork trees were somewhat alien to us. Fascinating fact about cork: did you know ...
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