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July 18 - Marvoa
This serene medieval village is dramatically set at 862
meters (2,828 feet) on the top of mountain facing Spain. Its 13th century walls
and 17th century buttresses make it an impregnable stronghold. The first known
inhabitants of the area were Roman, followed by the Moors whom King Dom Afonso
Henriques evicted with difficulty in 1166. The castle became an essential
stronghold for border control. ...
... in Portugal.
The outstanding building, perched top of an immense rock emerging of the river,
seems like a scene from a fairy tale.
We took a small motor boat to the island at the cost of 2
Euros pp. Even though this castle is one of the best known in Portugal, it
needs restoration. Of course, that could be said about many of the historical
sites in Portugal. The castle is small and several of the areas ...
... harvesting, flour grinding and baking process in a fun way. At the end he Elf tour, children who visit can make a little souvenir from dough. Our visit was made more hokey by us, two adults, going though a display geared for children, an odd weird experience which will be difficult to forget, no matter how hard we try.
As we drove south from Seia, we spotted signs for an InterMarche where we picked up ...
... roads. At last, the beautiful town came into view. The cathedral and castle standing tall on the hill top overlooking the red roofs and whitewashed homes within the city walls. We managed to make it up into the center of the labyrinth of ever so narrow streets and gates. At first glance, it seems impossible to get through some of these narrow streets without scraping at least the side mirrors, then having to make a ...
... and only unless someone was coming or going, none were open. it was tough to tell where we were going, so we just kept walking and eventually we found this old lady hanging out of a balcony, talking to some toothless guy wearing a Garth Brooks shirt, feeding a pigeon. His outfit was hilarious, bright red socks into his flip flops. He asked if i was taking a picture of him and I said no, i was taking a picture of the pigeon. he had ...