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Jun 13, 2017 - Day 4 and 5 of Camino

Day 4 on the Camino: The dogs by our Quinta were barking all night so that should have given us ample warning that we would have thunder and lightning in the morning. No problemo since we were happy to finally pull out the rain gear we've been hauling around! Besides, a little rain also helped reduce the temperatures a bit so I even went without sunscreen today. Tuesday's walk was 18km to Ponte de Lima. This stage changed slightly with less corn fields and more lemon, orange, olive and apple trees. As well, we walked through a few new and...

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May 18, 2015 - Viana do Castelo

Ola from Portugal - we are now spending the next two weeks working our way down the coast here in Portugal and are currently staying in a lovely two bedroom apartment overlooking the sea - perfect setting for a having a wine (2,50 euros a bottle here) or two while watching the sunset. Here is Tomo's Diary entry for today Today we went to a town called Viana Do Castelo. Then I bought a custard bun. It was so yum! Next we found a shopping mall. Then we found a ball pit and a slide going over the top of it. We found a toy shop. The slide was...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Caminha

The weather during our stay in Caminha was not so good. It was fine enough on Friday to do our washing but there was a cold wind. Saturday and Sunday it rained. Today it cleared for a while so we walked into the town. They were setting up in the square for a carnival but they were not to be lucky with the weather as the following day it poured with rain. There were a couple of marquees set up with food stalls so we were treated to some free tastes. We found some old churches and shops to look around, and stopped at a local café on the walk...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Caminha

High winds all night so a bit of rocking & buffeting. No trees near us on this site so no worries about falling branches. It started to rain early in the morning & ended up raining all day. We moved up the coast to our last overnight stop in Portugal right on the border at Caminha, a very pretty location at the mouth of the river that forms the border with Spain. We very rarely see any motorhomes now as we move further North. They have all gone to the warmer & sunnier South coasts of Spain & Portugal. The more adventurous go across to...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Viana do Castelo to Ponte de Lima

Last night's dinner was in-house since it was a bit to far to go down to the town. Jose and Cristina both had octopus which is a bit different from our calamari in that you get some of the legs, suckers and all, still attached to the head. Luckily it was starting to get dark so we couldn't see it. Maree went vegetarian - vegetables in puff pastry while I had a very nice steak. I was the only one to have an entree which was a delightful cold melon and ham soup. This is a local specialty and was surprisingly tasty and refreshing. Another one...

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Sep 2, 2013 - Valenca to Viana do Castelo

Hooray!! We both slept better and only woke briefly during the night. I had a bit of a headache and had to take some drugs to ease my pain. Waking at six thirty we did most of our packing and dressed in our cycling gear then went for a walk around the fort because breakfast wasn't until 8:00am. The village inside the fort had some buildings dated to 1250 AD and of course some more modern stuff. The rows of walls protecting the fort would have made a difficult task for any potential attacker. Jose and Cristina joined us for breakfast which...

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Sep 1, 2013 - Lisbon to Valenca

Another semi-sleepless night but things are getting better I think. We rose and had breakfast at 7:30 then packed our bags and had them stored in the box room. We meandered down to the information office where Maree booked two mini-bus tours for our return to Lisbon on the 9th of September. We walked over to the Lisbon Exhibition where we spent the next hour or so enjoying a dazzling audio visual tour of the story of Lisbon and its role in Portugal. Did you know that it was founded by the Phoenicians? That it was destroyed by an earthquake...

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Nov 4, 2012 - Valenca

Today we had a wonderful day touring the area north west of Braga towards the Spanish border. Beverly drove us first to Valenca, a half-castle and half-land city. Bordering Galicia, Valença is a famous ancient castle town. You have to go through an arched gateway in the wall to get to the town inside. There are great views across the river to Spain from the wall. We haven’t seen anything quite like it before. From there we moved on to another delightful town, Vila Nova de Cerveira,located on the left bank of Minho River, which establishes...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Viana do Castelo (or 3rd Birthday!!!)

Guimaraes is Portugal's original capital, now has population of 60,000. This city was home to Portugal's first king, Dom Afonso Henriques. We did quite a bit of walking around and seeing the sites the day before, so we decided to take the teleferico (cable car) which connects Guimaraes and the mountain top historic monument of Penha. Penha was the view from our hotel room, and as we drove into town, we actually thought that's where we would be going. But Penha is a steeper climb than your typical village, and there's no village there...

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Aug 5, 2010 - First R&R day

We had a great day off today. We were off at 9 this morning to Barcelos to the largest outdoor market in Northern Portugal. A couple of photos are attached. It has everything from clothes to textiles to souvenirs to vegetables and fruits to chickens, pigs and rabbits. Chris and Suzy, you would have loved the food market. After a couple of hours at the market, followed by lunch, we were off to Santa Luzia at Viana do Castelo to see the church on the hill. Also a couple of photos attached. It was quite impressive and you could go up to the...

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Apr 28, 2010 - Viana do Castelo

We are meeting friends in Vila de Conde prior to our flight to Birmingham, so we had a few days and why not head back to the coast. Viana do Castelo suited us perfectly - Tomas ventured out for an epic mountain bike ride, Julia walked on the beach. Oh but wait, our room, which suited us perfectly as well, was one of 5 above a fantastic italian restaurant. There was no 'reception', or anyone to speak to after the restaurant closed. Which is normally not a problem until 5 am rolls around and the lads in the other rooms return after a night...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Viana Do Castelo

Hola from Spain! Last week we were in northwest Portugal. VIANA DO CASTELO, PORTUGAL My last afternoon in Portugal was spent in Viana do Castelo. This historic town was founded in 1258, and is located along the River Lima. There is not a lot of tourism here, but thanks to new luxury hotels like Casa Melo Alvim (located in the center of town in an eco-friendly 1509 building) and Hotel Flor De Sal (a few minutes away on the beach, with a "W"-like atmosphere), I wonder how much longer this place has before the crowds come. Walking around the...

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