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As afternoon turned into evening I made a beeline southeast
for Miranda do Douro, a historic small town on the border with Spain that
overlooks the gorge of the Douro/Duero River that forms the border between the
two countries. The town used to be the most northerly of many fortified towns
that guarded the border, but in Miranda the castle and fortifications are now
mostly in run. The Douro ...
... up close. The road is a typical windy mountain road and as we come around the corner the promised Roman bridge was there. Pictures can't capture the beauty in the early morning light. AND traffic is still using it! Clearly had renos over the years but this is ancient and structurally sound after all those years. Today's engineers take note!
Losing a good 1/2 hour with the gobsmacking and photo time for oh shiny we decide its a good a place as any for brekky ...
... that say they are using explosives in the area! We cross the new motorway and wander over bridges and around construction and the path is well marked and much better than we expected from the notes and only nearly made a wrong turn where a bridge crossing wasn't marked and fortunately saw a marker the other side of the motorway, so backtracked and found someone had scratched arrows Into the new blue fencing on the unfinished bridge. Well they were trying ...
Our digs are back the other way up on the highway - will be a noisy night. But when we see our room.......man oh man......we have two BIG beds - almost double beds and we both just visually sink into the luxury! Gonna be a good night. Well for me anyway, I suspect my buddy will listen to the traffic noises all night. Have never understood people who go to bed to listen to noises in the night!
So the host shows us around the place and the bathrooms are ...
... MONDAY! Our luck as usual!
A highlight was seeing a falcon in the cathedral windows whilst checking out the pigeons!
Walking back from our historic journey to find lunch we find real veges - bought enough for dinner now just need to find some prawns for a glorious prawn garlic stir fry for tonight - BRING IT ON!
My hungry pants had crept on by this time and my buddy has learned from past experience if I don't sort hungry pants they soon ...