Rolling on the river

Trip Start Jun 06, 2014
Trip End Jun 21, 2014

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Flag of Portugal  , Guarda,
Friday, June 13, 2014

Some asides regarding the trip so far. We spend each night tied up to a dock. Night traffic on the river is not allowed. Not a problem as far as we are concerned. The river is not that long so we never have far to go the next day.

Do you know where cork comes from?  Turns out it is the bark of a local tree. After 25 years you can peel off the bark from the cork tree and process it for all sorts of things. We have seen hats, belts,  wallets, and purses made of cork. The peeling of the bark from the tree does not hurt it and you can redo it every 10 years without killing the tree.

It has turned "hot " the last few days. Temperatures have been in the 90s the last two days. Luckily the tour buses are nicely air conditioned and our walks have not been taxing. Actually it has become a convenient excuse to stop and have a beer in a local pub.

The ship is only a few years old but does have some problems with air conditioning in certain areas. Surprisingly the cocktail lounge is nice and cool!  Hmmm----a coincidence?? 

A lazy morning again, again, and some of us attended a stretching exercise session on the sun deck at the civil hour of 10 AM with the cute spa director. There was then a Q/A session by Vantage about some of their other trips and the usual opportunity to select your next trip and receive some additional discounts.  I am evaluating!

 After lunch we arrived at our next stop which happens to be in the country of Spain! Nothing at the landing but a tavern and more grape vines and lots more olive trees and now some almond trees which are grown in the area. We were driven to another small medieval hill town (back across the river in Portugal) that dates back to Moorish times. The church we visited was constructed in 1192 by the brotherhood of the Hospitaller friars, as a way stop for people who were doing the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The village is on top of tallest hill in the area and was used as an "early warning system" by the Portuguese. The town of 60 people contains cobble stone streets, a few shops and the requisite taverna. It was a delight and we bought several different types of almonds grown in the area.

Because we are in Spain the entertainment tonight was a group of ladies who performed a a Spanish music and flamenco show for us.
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Annette Landvatter on

The one thing that I remember from my trip to Majorca was the Flamengo dancers. The costumes they wore, how vibrant the colors were. I wonder if their feet hurt when they are done.

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