Portugal at last!

Old May 22nd, 2022, 06:45 AM
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Marvão morning.
Sunrise and a walk around the town and the fortifications.



















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Old May 22nd, 2022, 06:59 AM
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We left Marvão and the Alentejo and arrived in Tomar. Leaving the Alentejo was hard, with it’s beautiful and evocative landscape. We were in Tomar for 3 nights, and my first impression was not that great, as we arrived in the middle of the siesta time and everything was closed down. But over the time we were there, Tomar grew on me, and I became taken by this small but quirky town with the remarkable Castle of the Knights Templar and Convent of Christ on top of the hill.

We arrrived during an end of year student party! Different divisions each had their own truck, driving round the city, ending in the Praça da Republica, where they went a little wild (but just a little!).

A plug for the wonderful Thomar Boutique hotel. This was one of the most charming places to stay, with friendly and helpful staff, in a well-managed place. Highly recommend!



Rio Nabão

Praça da República

View up Rua Serpa Pinto, the Main Street of the old town, looking up to the castle

Along Rua Serpa Pinto

Interior of the synagogue, the oldest in Portugal

View from our hotel terrace window

The old and the new - medieval arch absorbed into a building

Backstreets of Tomar



Students on parade!



Students party!

Love this mural!
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Old May 22nd, 2022, 02:50 PM
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Always happy to slowly sip my morning coffee checking your update!
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Old May 22nd, 2022, 03:05 PM
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Your photos of my favorite eagle's nest, Marvão, are just stunning! Glad you got to enjoy the students' party in Tomar. Those murals are great.
(There's a famous and very colorful festa in Tomar that I'd like to witness sometime, the Festa dos Tabuleiros, but it only happens every 4 years in July (next one is July 1-10, 2023).

I love the photo of the synagogue ceiling!
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Photos from Marvão: you can see "Serra da Estrela"

Synagogue: those holes at the wall, at the corners, have pitchers (Jarrs?) inside the wall - it was the amplification system.

I know everybody says the same, but... Wow! Great pics!
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Helena, Maribel, Aidelaidean, thank you for such nice words!

Helena, there’s no such thing as hearing (or reading) too many “Wow!”s. It makes it worthwhile to know people are enjoying the photos. We didn’t know what we were seeing from the top of Marvão but it was all stunning! And it’s interesting to know we could see the Serra da Estrela.

Mariibel, Marvão was just unbelievable! Definitely a “pinch me” kind of place. I half wished we were there for a second night, but you are right, it only needs one night. It’s just such a spectacular place that I wanted to stay and soak in the ambience - but it was just perfect, especially with the long morning walk. What a special place. And Tomar is a delight, though in a very quiet sort of way. I would love to see the Festa dos Tabuleiros - the photos of it look amazing. But I’ll just have to enjoy those pix.

Aidelaidean, I will have more photos to post soon for your morning coffee!
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Ahh….Tomar may be a small town, but the extraordinary Convento de Cristo, the headquarters of the Knights Templar, makes it unique. The structure, with its many chapels, cloisters and choirs, filled with gorgeous tiles and decorated in many styles, including the rich Manueline design, is a film set made in heaven! In fact, when we were there, a film shoot WAS taking place (look for “Damsel” sometime next year!).

Forgive the many photos - it’s just too beautiful!













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Adding to places to visit list.... Looks like you've been lucky with the weather.
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Progol, IMHO this just now was your best set of imagery yet. I alerted my NY friend about your TR, especially the Marvao section. He just got back, saying how much he enjoyed the shots and the memories. We once got lost looking for Marvao, and kept getting confused by poor signage. Can recall a 'Castello or Cavallo Blanco' nearby, no?
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Just as Rhody and I were never able to pick a favorite place in Italy, it's impossible to choose a favorite Progol photo!
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Progol, I think you are on your way to Alcobaça? Well, of course you are going to visit the monastery there (Mosteiro de Alcobaça). I can't wait to see our pics from the kitchen! It's my dream kitchen, even more than the kitchen of "Palácio Nacional" in Sintra, that one with the big chymneys. This one has a river going through (well... not exactly... just a channel of water from the river). and the chymney is astonishing!

When someone mentions "Mosteiro de Alcobaça", what comes to mind of everybody is that it is the place where the graves of D. Pedro and D. Inês de Castro are. To my mind, what comes 1st is the kitchen. Anyway, D. Pedro was Prince of Portugal, and D. Inês was his mistress, the love story happened in Coimbra, The King, (D. Afonso IV, father of D. Pedro) decided to murder D. Inês (she was spanish, well, long story). When D. Pedro became King, he made D. Inês (dead) Queen, and at her coronation people had to kiss the hand of the corps (the dead body). Creepy!
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thursdaysd, TDudette, zebec, HelenaFatima, thanks so much for still following and for your kind words!

thursdaysd, I hope you are traveling again - I’ve no doubt you would love Tomar and the Convento de Cristo. As well as the other wonderful places!

TDudette, that is such a sweet thing to say! I do need to add that my husband and I share the photo-taking and many of these are his, too. I can’t take all the credit!😉

zebec, I’m glad to know this is being spread far and wide, including in my home town of NY (I’m assuming you mean the city, of course). It makes me feel good that you’re enjoying these photos, too.

Helena, I do have a beautiful photo of that chimney, though I admit, too, by the time we arrived at Alcobaça, we were both a little photo-fatigued. So much visual stimulation between the 3 places that it’s definitely overwhelming. I hope to post those later today. Of course, I’m still days behind, and today we’re leaving Coimbra and off to the Douro Valley!
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Thanks for asking, progol, but sadly, no. I'm immuno-compromised and even with four shots and LabCorp claiming I have adequate antibodies I don't feel safe traveling. I am still avoiding indoor dining and wearing a mask to grocery shop. I have to travel vicariously right now, so many thanks for the TR and photos.
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I’m so behind in my posts….here’s a teaser photo for HelenaFatima


Kitchen at Alcobaça
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And here’s a teaser photo for Maribel

We just arrived at Quinta do Pego


Quinta do Pego view
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Love the Pego photo! I've never been there in the spring, it looks so beautiful!
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Wow! Love the kitchen photo.
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Originally Posted by Maribel View Post
Love the Pego photo! I've never been there in the spring, it looks so beautiful!
Absolutely glorious!





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Wow, what a difference six weeks makes in the Douro.

Very brown when we were there.


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