Monthly Archives: July 2011

Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

The Kingdom of the Asturias was a tiny area in north west Spain where in the 9th century “the flame of Christianity was kept alive”, as the UN website rather poetically puts it, whilst most of the Iberian peninsula was under … Continue reading

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Tower of Hercules

Three days of travelling, by ferry, plane and bus (at eleven hours, the latter by far the longest of the trio) took me from Pico island to A Coruna in the north west corner of Spain. The Tower of Hercules … Continue reading

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Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture

After a couple of days on the Azorian island of Terceira, on Monday I took a ferry to Pico. Flying would probably have been quicker (if more expensive) but I fancied a seven hour mini-cruise instead, stopping at a couple … Continue reading

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Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

By the way, in case any readers aren’t aware, the titles of my entries for UN world heritage sites are taken directly from the UNESCO listing. In this case it all seems to have got a bit wordy. As previously trailed, I flew from … Continue reading

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A tile museum and an impulse ticket purchase

Having managed two monasteries in one day I had a day spare in Lisbon (since the hostel bed was already paid for) so I spent a good part of the day at the Museum of Azulejos – ceramic tiles. The … Continue reading

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Monastery of Batalha

After visiting the Alcobaca monastery I went back to the bus station and bought a ticket for the half hour local bus journey to Batalha, but the bus was either very late or I somehow missed it. However, on enquiring of another … Continue reading

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Monastery of Alcobaça

Wednesday saw me travel back up to the middle of Portugal (by bus this time) to visit two monasteries on one day. I realise that taking a day trip from Lisbon (two hours each way) is rather perverse, but after a … Continue reading

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