There’s Nothing Like a Road Trip!!

During my many winter stays in Portugal I have always managed to squeeze in a wonderful road trip to someplace I have never been.  They are always one of the highlights of being here and this year was no exception.

Earlier on this trip Pat, Gary, Marc and myself headed off to the Azores for a fabulous 4 days.  This past week Marc, Laurie and I headed off for another road trip.  Five days discovering Coimbra, Tomar, Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, and Obidos.  We stayed off the toll roads and took only the “back roads”, which made it a magical experience as we passed through huge cork forests, saw loads of vineyards, farmland, medieval towns etc..

Our first destination was Coimbra.   Coimbra is a riverfront city in central Portugal and the country’s former capital.   It is home to a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra, which is the oldest university in the Portuguese speaking world.   The theme of our two days there was…….rain/up/down/rain!    What a workout the gluts had!!!!

The drive to Evora had been just about three hours since leaving home and then our wanderings another two.  From there, another three to Coimbra……….we arrived, found our hotel without much effort, put our things away then hit the streets.  It was raining but none of us worried about melting and so off we headed to explore and get our bearings.

Despite being in the car all day we somehow managed to get in over 15 kms of walking!!!!!  That will tell you a little of our wanderings.  We were very excited to be in Coimbra and anxious to continue our wanderings after a good nights sleep.  And with that in mind, we found a place to eat…….devoured our food and then headed back to the hotel to recharge and dream of tomorrow.

 

4 thoughts on “There’s Nothing Like a Road Trip!!

  1. Thank goodness you guys enjoy snapping the camera…what lovely photos.

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  2. Haaaaaa, yes I wonder who commissioned that one piece myself. Too funny. His work is wonderful.

    Love the fountain at the park!

    The university looks amazing! Wow. It’s so large, it looks like it could take days to see most of it.

    I LOVE the art of the female with the sun and moon!! It would be beautiful to have a smaller version in my home.

    Off to the next blog for more beauty.

    xoxoxox

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  3. In an odd way I am glad to have saved your road trip blogs to read at once; wouldn’t normally choose that way but preoccupied with pain management. That said, it has been a wonderful experience to tag along. Most interested in your recent experience in Evora, as I recall not particularly keen on it last time.
    Loved the whimsical art..so creative, well done! Once again your choice of photo opps are exceptional and show the genius of the Portuguese people and the beautiful statues, gardens, buildings…hard to take it all in! Looking forward to further exploration of Coimbra tomorrow…already excited! Hope the rain takes a break!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks for all the great comments on the blog, very much appreciated. I think next year there will be more road trips and more than likely another trip to Azores. There is always room for one other….hint hint hint. Love and Hugs from us

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