Evora & the Algarve Coast

Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
Trip End Sep 30, 2007

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Evora & the Algarve Coast-

We left Lisbon, crossed the incredible Vasco de Gama Bridge (one of Europe's longest and newest suspension bridges linking the two sides of the Tejo Rver) and headed south to Evora. Evora is a lovely old city with more than two millenia of history with a Moorish influence. We visited the Capela dos Ossos (ossurary) in the 15th-century church of Sao Francisco and the Cathedral of St. Maria, the largest cathedral in Portugal.

Frankly, I must admit, at this point I was officially "churched out". They're all old, they're all beautiful, and they all tell wonderful stories. So, my cathedral pics taper off- my Mom has a ton on her camera which I'm sure she'll show you all (over and over and over ;) upon her return. The town was lovely though and we had a fabulous lunch in the Pousade de Evora-Loios, a former convent (what did I say about being churched out? I did not burst into flame, fortunately). The Temple of the Bones (ALL BONES, ALL THE TIME) was fascinating though. See pics. Nuttin' but bones. And skulls.

Interestingly, amid this precious, histocial setting was a road bike race. So cool! A refreshing contrast of the old and the new in the sleepy little place.

I must admit, one of my trip highlights occurred at the lunch at the convent. We sat with Chuck and his wife Honey (well, that's what he calls her, I still haven't figured out her name) and they are the most sparky, spunky, IN LOVE, 79 year old couple. Married 52 years. Over lunch, they were telling us about their life in Cocoa Beach, FL and the 5 kids they raised. Turns out, Chuck (and the whole Honey family) have spent their entire adult life dedicated to putting men on the moon. Every ONE of them. So, I say "what'd you think of the movie Apollo 13?". Ol' Chuckie turned to me and said (deadpan)- "I LIVED APOLLO 13". Then he proceed to tell me the most incredible first hand account of Apollo 13... a story I will never forget. He also told me which astronauts were his favorites (John Young had quite the mischievous personality) and which ones he thought were a pain in the ass. Absolutely amazing.

So, back to the trip!

After Evora, we ventured south to this little slice of heaven on earth called the Algarve Coast. Unbelievably beautiful. We stayed at this wonderful resort called the Quinto do Lago and relaxed while taking in the beauty of southern Portugal.

This was out last stop in Portugal before crossing the border into Spain and the Andalucia.

Portugal has certainly captured a place in our hearts.

Ate breve, Portugal!
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