Day 4- Evora, Castelo de Vide, Belmonte and Viseu

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Where I stayed
Pousada De Viseu
Monte Da Serralheira
What I did
Had lunch
Check out of hotel
Drive to Castelo de Vide
Explore Castelo de Vide
Drive to Belmonte and see the Roman tower
Arrived in Viseu

Flag of Portugal  , Viseu,
Thursday, July 19, 2012

I was awoken by the smell of porridge. Tart, green apple cubes and plump sultanas sprinkled the surface of the hot, oaty mixture, combining to form a tantalising aroma that played on my taste buds. A large mug of herbal tea sat next to the porridge bowl, sweetened with a little honey, but still too hot to drink. 
My parents and sister were already awake, and sat at the dining table consulting a folding map of Portugal.

The countryside whizzed past as we drove to Castelo de Vide. We saw quaint little house in small, roadside villages, lush green pastures, grazing cattle, sheep and pigs, fruit orchards and thousands of towering trees before finally arriving at our destination. Oh, how I loved exploring the picturesque town of Castelo de Vide, with its Jewish Quarter filled with old, whitewashed buildings, and the modern part crammed with shops, houses, cafes, and family run hotels. We stopped at a cosy, homey restaurant for lunch which sold traditional Portuguese fare. It was obvious from the looks and taste of our food that it had been prepared from the heart and with love. The food was passionate and hearty, and the flavours simple but delicious. I was still savouring my chargrilled prawns with lemon and coriander dressing for hours after my meal.

Back in the car, again, we drove to Viseu via Belmonte so that we could visit the historical Roman tower. 
We spent most of the day in the car, driving from place-to-place. Don't get me wrong, the Audi Q7 wagon is extremely spacious and very comfortable, but I like to be up on my feet and not sitting down. Being in cars for too long makes me restless and energetic! However, today was a different story. The gentle rolling of the wheels and the smooth car ride had me lolling off to sleep......

No sooner had I shut my eyes then they were snapped open again at the sound of a car door slamming. I stared out of the window at the mysterious, cobbled Roman tower. The tower is square and is three stories high, and archeologists are unable to tell what the function of it was. 

Loose gravel crunched under the car tires as we moved swiftly out of Belmonte and headed towards Viseu. 

Our Audi cruised through the motorway as night began to settle over the tree-tops. Vehicle lights were switched on and sunglasses taken off as people made their way home on the busy road network. In the distance, I could see a big city. As we came closer, I could see a pretty line of flowers along the roadside, and flourishing vegetation forming a hedge-like row behind the flowers. A wooden sign had five carefully carved letters on its face saying 'Viseu'.
I punched the air in excitement; we were here!  
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