Dos Belos Ares Quinta Rural
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... climbed out of the valley in the direction of Vila Nova de Paiva across a landscape not unlike Dartmoor, but perhaps with more trees and shrubbery, littered with huge rounded boulders. The satnav was suggesting the A24 motorway but we stuck to the excellent 'old' route which pretty much runs parallel, before stopping at Mezio for coffee and cake. Whilst at the counter, an American made himself known (probably spotted the registration plate on the car) and we learned ...
... and packing away - no hot shower that morning. Our early start meant that we were pulling alongside reception at our next campsite, Quinta Chave Grande, to the north of Satao at lunchtime. The site came highly recommended by British neighbours, Nick and Caroline, on the only Portuguese stop during our 'Grand Tour' two years ago, but at the time the seasons and weather changed so gave it a miss with a mental note to include ...
We have a beautiful breakfast in the lounge at Carmo's. We can't eat outside as it is too cold and later it starts raining. What a contrast from yesterday. We head off for Viseu. Its motorway the whole way a lot of it high up in mountains with spectacular bridges and viaducts. There are hardly any cars on it and even less lorries. We cross over the Douro River but ...
Tell that it's sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozimandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains, Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far ...
Day started a little quietly until I remembered it was May 19....ohhh that's why you been sitting typing away on Facebook.....sorry
Last night we had dinner at the hotel restaurant, it was nice but nothing special.
The last few nights has reminded us that we don't like 2-3 day stops, so we have booked 4 nights at Santiago de Compostella...that means slightly longer days in the car but better overall. Speaking of HiHo (The Silver car), I've ...