Monthly Archives: June 2011

Historic Centre of Évora

I left my hostel in Lisbon for a night to take a bus eastwards to Evora, arriving in intense mid-afternoon heat and spending the next three hours in a fortuitously found airconditioned hotel room. It was still energy sapping when I ventured … Continue reading

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Cultural Landscape of Sintra

A forty-five minute suburban train ride from Lisbon is the small town of Sintra, which in the 19th century became a centre of Romantic architecture and lansdscape. There are a number of places to visit but the main one is … Continue reading

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Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon

On Wednesday I took a train south from Porto to Lisbon and spent the afternoon hanging around in the hostel chatting to fellow residents and failing miserably to get round to building my Lego model for Guimaraes. Every hostel has … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Guimarães

Guimaraes is a pretty town an hour or so from Porto by train. As you walk into the centre from the station you are confronted by a wall bearing the legend (translating freely) “Portugal was born here”.  This seems to … Continue reading

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Historic Centre of Oporto

The four hour bus journey from Santiago to Porto actually took rather longer, but it did include the opportunity to have my picnic lunch under a tree in a motorway service station car park. What was surprising was that the … Continue reading

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Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

I rolled into Santiago in the early evening and on the walk into town hit the greengrocer’s hard. I was desperate for fresh produce and stocked up on fruit and veg. My haul including some wonderful cherry tomatoes which I sat … Continue reading

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Roman Walls of Lugo

Lugo was a brief stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela. I arrived on one bus at 1.30pm and was off again before 5pm. The town has its entire encircling 3rd century Roman wall intact, although most of the … Continue reading

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