Monte Cabeco do Ouro
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The exertions of the bike riding were obviously too much for me and I spent much of the day suffering from high blood sugar and a need to sleep. Mum and I watched dubbed TV while Nick and kids spent a last afternoon at the beach.
In the evening, we celebrated our last day in Portugal by going to a local restaurant for a meal. Restaurant O Manel ...
... and did a circuit of the squares and small streets, which were all charming. We had lunch in the park, where the kids fed the lone pigeon. Three seconds later, 140 pigeons descended onto our picnic.
It seemed Setubal's sights were shut, so we picked up a map and caught a ferry to Troia. The ferry crossed the marine reserve in 20 minutes, pushing its way through hundreds of jellyfish, bobbing orangely and ghost-like under the surface.
Troia is a ...
... to the fountain was a statue of Riberia, a writer who had been born there. He wrote something I've never heard of and died from TB aged 74. We saw his house, as we passed.
The highlight of Torrao for Wanda, the very reason we'd come this far, was a Roman bridge. This bridge was built back in the days before Christ, takes the weight of lorries and has never been repaired.
The heat of the day was intense as we walked, very slowly, towards the bridge. ...
We took the A road to Alcacer, through cork plantations and past Agua des Moures (a Moorish watering hole) and Gambia (a village filled with the descendants of African slaves). Wanda was a fount of information on the history of everything we passed.
Alcacer do Sal means 'Castle of the Salt trade', and as such it has a castle on the small hill that has been turned into a pousada (hotel). White houses cascade ...
... somewhat hyper, as the kids raced up and down, burning off their alcohol consumption.
The journey home was equally mad. I waited for Nick at the corner of the car park, as he needed to follow me for directions. I watched as he sped out of the car park and disappeared round the corner, following the wrong car. Needless to say, we got back to the villa before him and had a chat with Wanda before he found his way home.
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