Hotel Dom Luis
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After yesterday's efforts, we decided we needed a rest day to allow our bodies to rest and recuperate . Today is also Margita's birthday and so we spent a leisurely day wandering around Santarem.
It's very quiet today as it's Sunday but there are plenty of things to see including the old Roman castle and outpost, the cathedral and numerous churches and statues.
The hostel where we ...
Azambuja to Santarem I have just enjoyed a wonderful refreshing shower and stayed for ages so that my aching body could be revitalised. The sun has been relentless and there has been little or no shade. We made many short stops for food, water and a little break. Knowing it was going to be a long 30kms walk across flat agricultural land, we set off early in the cool morning air. The mist ...
... 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 ...
... t like Elvas very much and constantly
tries to correct it to Elvis.
The fortifications at Elvas are historically significant
enough to have won it designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. I spent a
few hours in the town after the short drive from Marvao and found it pleasant
enough but neither all that unique nor possessing that much to see. I somewhat
expected much more would be made of ...
Well what an adventure we had trying to find our hotel in the historic part of Badajoz. Talk about a rabbit warren of one way streets and pedestrian only streets we went over to get to it! Marty had to literally drive up on the footpath in one street because they were so narrow - we didn't think there would be any hotel in these streets but yip sure enough we found it - eventually!
I can't say I'm too ...