Quinta Do Martelo
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... with its pavements paved with small chunks of marble, Evoramonte, and Evora, designated a Unesco world heritage site. It is on sites like these that you are more likely to meet interesting people and this has been the case over the last few days. First of all, was Ivan from Germany on his motorbike who paused beside our pitch to ask about the direction of the sun since like us he was finding the 40 degree temperatures too hot. Anyhow he pitched his small tent next to ...
After breakfast we chill out in our room till noon and then set off for Évora. It is about an hour and a half drive. It is sunny and about 26 degrees so we take the roof down. The first part is on a country road where the surface is not that good but we are in no hurry. We then get on to a toll motorway for the last 20 miles or so. Yet again we are practically ...
... our hotel is located in the centre of the old city within blocks of the major sites. We visited the public gardens, the public squares and the Roman Temple. Evora streets are like Venice except you can drive a car (one way only) along the streets. Supper was outside in one of the squares. A quick dash to see the temple lit up and then back to our hotel. The hotel receptionist is extremely friendly and was baking the cake for tomorrow's breakfast as we were leaving for our ...
... horses. The bright colors, sequins, and brocade worn by the men in the ring were dazzling.
And then came the first bull. The breath-taking speed and agility exhibited by the bulls and the horses kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to smother the gasps and near screams that would involuntarily erupt as the magnificent beasts closed in on each other. The horsemen were supposed to get the bull to charge and then, when close enough, pierce it on ...
... a bull runs through local streets!
Here’s how it works. A
rocket is set off alerting everyone that the bull is being released from his
crate. He emerges with a rope tied around his neck, and immediately sets off
after the first moving target. Behind him two groups of men hold on to the rope
keeping him from going past the white lines drawn at the ends of the streets.
These mark the safety zones for which people flee as soon as the bull comes in
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