Friday, 5 October 2007
We spent a great deal of time just wandering around Coimbra today, both the Old City (upper) and elsewhere. As is often the case in Portugal, there are a lot of hills involved!
Lunch: We ate ‘out’ on one of the many benches in the well-kept median of the Avenida Sá da Bandeira.
Dinner: We wanted to return to the place we dined last night but it was closed for today’s holiday, Implantação da República. We found a place not too far from our hotel called Restaurante Giro which provided us with a good dinner: carapau for Steve and an amazing açorda de camarões for Susan.
Weather: The weather was a lovely 2.5+ today, with only some occasional clouds.
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Lunch: We travelled across the Rio Mondego (south side) for a picnic on the grounds of Quinta das Lágrimas. Lovely place, very peaceful.
Dinner: Back to O Cantinho dos Reis for a dinner of cherne grelhado which was very tasty. It was served with boiled potatoes and a salad and of course we had some vinho tinto de casa. Dessert was the usual port and chocolate back at our hotel.
Weather: Beautiful day – a perfect 3.0 on the Knowmark Weather Scale.
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Lunch: We climbed (with the car) high into the Serra de Buçaco, specifically in the Buçaco National Forest for lunch (the usual picnic) today. It is a beautiful area.
Dinner: Dinner this evening was in a mall (yes you heard right!) attached to the Estadio Cidade Coimbra where we were attending the football match later. The restaurant was called Siga de Vaca and we had a very good meal of lombo de frango grelhado which came with nicely grilled bacon and espinafras.
Weather: Another lovely day, marred only by a few clouds. So, 2.5+.
Monday, 8 October 2007
Today was a travel day, as we left Coimbra after our first visit there. We enjoyed the city and surrounding area quite a lot. The initial part of our drive was very scenic, from Coimbra to Panela on N110-3 and N110.
Lunch: We picnic’d at a lovely spot on N237, just west of Aldeia de Ana de Avis.
Dinner: We have eaten at O Cabaço during our two previous visits to Portugal and never been disappointed. Nor were we this time: Steve had arroz de polvo and Susan had porco alentejano. We didn’t recognize the wine we ordered (that’s why we ordered it) but the owner Senhor Luiz not only remembered us, but remembered that it was the same wine we ordered last time we were there in April!
Weather: Another perfect 3.0.