Quinta da Geia
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... located here in 13th C (?) It was moved to Lisbon but relocated back to Coimbra into the 16th C palace.
Our 1st stop today is on the north side of the Mondego river at a Monastry of St Clair, overlooking the town on the southern bank. Queen Isobel ( Elizabeth in english) convinced her husband, the king to open a university here. Today the morning is misty and the view is not very clear sadly.
We drive back ...
... to our accomodation. It was a small village where only one house was left fully intact post earthquake and a group is now slowly restoring the houses and creating tourist apartments. It is set high on a peaceful hill so nice for walks and views. Unfortunately we kept arriving back late and when we left the fog was very thick so no photos.
Our middle day was back to Rome at Condeixa a nova and to the University city of Coimbre- more ...
After breakfast we decided to take a 2 hour boat cruise on the Douro River. Another wise choice! Stunning scenery - the vineyards seem to start at the waters edge and disappear up into the sky. A wine house on every corner. On disembarking we ventured into the village and bought some goodies for lunch. We figured that if we keep eating at restaurants every day for lunch we'll be paying excess baggage on the trip home! So a fare of bread rolls, olives, ham and cheese ( and a ...
... and good journey). The people are friendly, engaging and try to carry on a conversation. We stopped for coffee in the little village of Trouxemil and the lady worked diligently to ask where we were from, where did we start and were we going to Santiago, We finally learned the phrase for a ham and cheese sandwich which has made our lives infinitely better (Tem sandes mista con fiambre y quesjo) Even when I say it they don't understand my pronunciation and look at me like ...
... important in our lives. First, walking is a perfect form of meditation, just focusing on breathing, aware of surroundings yet not really actively 'thinking' about anything. People ask what do you think about for all those hours of walking? Sometimes the answer is absolutely nothing. Then there are the miles and miles of quiet contemplation and discussion. How often do we take the opportunity to really converse with our loved one? To ask questions, think long and ...