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... is new and the people who run it are very friendly and helpful. They recommended a good restaurant last night and again for tonight.
When we returned from a nice Italian meal, Miguel and Maria, the owners of the hostel opened up a bottle of champagne which was a lovely gesture. We drank a toast to them with Gita and Walter, two German pilgrims we met a couple of days ago. The end of a good day.
... on the waterways as the sun came up. We passed fields of tomatoes, cabbages, sugarcane and peppers in addition to many vineyards. Then as the day became hotter, it was a question of putting one foot on front of the other. As a final twist, the final two miles into Santarem was a steep uphill climb. It's an old Roman town where Julius Caesar had his administrative centre for this ...
... like the ones in Segovia, Spain and Nimes, France with the Romans, but this one was built over many decades leading up to its completion in 1622.
The scenery is the Alentejo is somewhat closer to my
expectations of what Portugal looks like, a rolling plain with occasional
hills, mostly open grazing land with widely spaced short cork oak and holm oak
trees that make it look like a park, many olive groves, ...
... Badajoz, it does have loads of old buildings but it is very dirty, lots of rubbish in the streets and they smell like sewage in places. Our hotel is nice enough and there are the remains of an old fortress in the city which we walked around.
Another hot day, not sure of the temperature but feels like early 30's again in the peak of the day.
This is just a one night transit stop to break our journey.
Our last day in Portugal was spending time with the Fergusons and the Morenos having a lunch of the Brazilian national dish - the feijoada, just google it. It was really good bonding time for our families. It was jump at like the christening feast - long table with plenty of food and wine.
Our time in Portugal is coming to an end and we will miss Maria's family.