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Spain, Portugal and Basque France Adventure 2014

Glimpse of Lisbon and Cataplana in Coimbra

oimbra, Beiras, Portugal
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We did not have enough time to visit any of the castles in Sintra and could only surmise their beauty. Our sprawling manor house was full of surprises and we enjoyed a delightful continental breakfast of Portuguese breads, cheeses, meats and fresh fruits in the huge dining room while six colorful parrots and about eight bunnies cavorted outside the big glass windows.

Herb and Judy went for a walk along the forestry slopes after breakfast and then we drove to Lisbon. With a stroke of luck we saw where the Hop-on Hop-off (HOHO) tourist buses gathered at Edward VII Park, and joined the throng for an introductory tour of Lisbon. It is amazing to think that so many seafarers set out on their journeys from here. We passed the church where Vasco da Gama lies buried.

We continued to the beautiful Best Western Hotel D. Luis, situated high on a hill, with stunning views of the ancient cobble-stoned university town of Coimbra. Being our last evening in Portugal, we negotiated with the chef that he prepare us a traditional Portuguese fish stew called ‘cataplana’. The dish is cooked in and served from a special copper pan (a bit like a ‘wok’) with the same name. It did not disappoint!

Best Western Hotel D. Luís, Coimbra
Best Western Hotel D. Luís, Coimbra
Cataplana pan
Church in Lisbon
Porcelain in Lisbon
Quintas das Murtas, Sintra
Retaining walls on roads
Wine from the Douro Valley
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