our last city stop....
20.05.2013 - 22.05.2013
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monday: had a lovely day in guimaraes yesterday, and were v. lucky with the weather too!
walked down through the woods, as were told it would only take about half an hour, after a look at
the stunning view from the miradouro; both recommended by the lady at the reception desk!
we stopped for a while to listen to the singing in the church just below the viewing point, and then
found the small pathway through the cork oaks, and headed downwards towards the town.
a long religious procession passed us, and a french motorhome got caught up in it coming the other
way!, we felt rather sorry for them, as hundreds of people, priests, religious icons, scouts banging drums,
filed past on their way to the huge church at the top of the hill.
it took us about 40 mins. to walk down + we had to ask a few locals for directions as we went along, but
in the end made it pretty easily.
arrived in town just in time for lunch, so stopped at a café right by the old city walls, looking down at a
large church at the end of a long formal garden.
toasted sarnies and naughty drinks, watching the world go by, and then off for a wander.
headed to the paco dos duques (ducal palace) first as free entry before 2pm (sunday special!).
the palace fell into disrepair, when the duke and family moved to vila vicosa, but has been beautifully
restored to its former glory. It was the coziest medieval building we’d ever been in, and would have been
a fab place to live!
there were also some interesting modern art exhibitions, and clothes from the 18th/19th century on
display, so lots to see….
had to hang around a bit as it started to rain v. heavily whilst we were in there, but eventually it stopped
and we headed to the castelo, just behind, via a small church with v. old carved tombstones in the floor.
found a falconer inside the castle walls, with harris hawks, peregrine falcons and a lovely owl, so chatted
to him for a while, before deciding to wend our way back to catch the cable-car, as the weather
seemed to be closing in.
got a bit damp as we walked back through the gorgeous medieval town, stopped for an ice-cream (of
course!), but it wasn’t too bad under the umbrella….then straight onto the cable-car and in 8 mins. back
at the statue at the top in penha, and a short walk back to the site.
cooked quick tea, milled around/internetted for a bit, then bed.
up early-ish as moving on today, to braga, portugal's third largest city....
paid our bill, used services etc. and off. drove around town for a bit, trying to find a post office, but gave up
as couldn't see one (unusual!).
short journey to braga (about 40mins.), and then drove into the site, parque municipal de campismo de braga,
situated on one of the bends into town - about 20 mins. walk away from the centre.
quickly got parked up in the sunshine!, and now chilling (internetting!) before lunch, and a walk down into
town later on for a recce....
will stay here a couple of nights, and then head back to the coast to get sorted for our re-entry into spain.
tuesday: walked down into town yesterday aft., after nice lunch sat in the sunshine, and mooch in the van/
around the site.
only took about 15 mins. as we cut through a small park where there was an old church from the 17th
century to have a peek at.
went straight to the post office, as needed to get the sat nav. cord posted back for our (fingers crossed) refund.
after that just strolled around. v. busy place, everyone out and about. walked past so many beautiful
churches and buildings we lost count! plus lots of nice shops, restaurants and cafes....
headed to the se cathedral, the oldest in portugal, and went in for a look. really amazing place with fantastic
wooden ceiling and ornate choir. we wanted to do a tour of the chapels below and the choir above, but closed
on mondays (like most other things).
no internal pic's either, and a v. vigilant guardian!
so, walked back through the shopping streets, via an ice-cream shop, to the centre, before slow walk back to
the site via a supermarket. v. enjoyable!
a few more vans, and a tent, had appeared at the site, so quite busy really.
didn't sleep well as v. noisy, but woke to another sunny day : )
plan is p working for a bit this am, then walk back to town and visit the roman ruins and another museum, as
open today, before getting the bus to the bom jesus do monte - a sanctuary - where there is an old church,
reached by some baroque steps and a good view of the surroundings.
after that hoping to have some dinner in a recommended (LP) grill close to the cathedral....
paco dos duques (guimaraes): pduques.imc-ip.pt