Obidos, Nazare and Pedra D’Ouro

From Evora, our first stop was the castle of Almourol,

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Castle of Almourol

a medieval castle (actually quite small) atop the islet of Almourol in the middle of the Tagus River. The castle was part of the defensive line controlled by the Knights Templar and true to its nature, we were unable to get to it. There seemed to be a boat that would take you over, but after about 30 minutes of standing around and no boat, we decided to move on. 

 
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Walking the walls of Obidos

Our next stop was the classic Portuguese fortified town of Obidos in a very picturesque location. Obidos has everything you would think of in a small walled in town,  from the narrow cobbled streets, to the quaint houses and the medieval castle. We thought it would be best to first climb to the top of the city walls (if you are looking for safe handrails, even footing and level walking, this  is not it) before we sampled the cherry liquor (served from street stalls in chocolate cups for 1E) that the town / region is famous for.  It was nice wandering the streets, but we couldn’t go into the castle (now a hotel) and there were a lot of other tourists crowding the streets, including an oriental lady who asked us if we had seen a guy in a stripped shirt. We replied, “No, have you lost one?”, it’s a small place, she’d find him eventually.

 
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Arco da Cadeia

After a quick lunch at the Arco da Cadeia (rather exhausting watching  the server run up and down to the plaza above to deliver Sangrias) we headed out to our next destination, Nazare. Nazare is a seaside resort which is famous for the world record largest wave to ever be surfed, 80 feet!! Of course when we were there, it was amazingly calm and not a single surfer in sight. Oh well. We walked along the beach and headed over to check out the funicular. At the base of it was

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Nazaré “fish museum”

this small local bar/resturant where these bowls with a strange mound of something vaguely animal was out front; it turned out to be barnacles. And locals would just grab one and eat it; we were not that brave. We headed back to the beach  and stopped at a tiki bar for a beer. Not much else to see here except beach and (non-existent) waves and a “living fish museum”, so we headed out to our next destination and stop for the night, Pedra D’Ouro. 

 
 Hotel Albergaria was very nice and overlooked the ocean from the top of a cliff. Unfortunately, the fog had moved in so nothing was visible outside the hotel windows. It is a very small town with no real restaurants, but we were able to find a small family establishment (Perturbar snack bar) that served drinks and made hot sandwiches. Grateful not to have to drive anywhere for dinner, we ate there. As the only other guests left, Warren apologized to the owner asking what time they closed, he replied “It’s complicated”, which meant, he closed when there was no more business to be had. 
DSCF0869Heading out of town, we noticed a really nice bike path along the coast. As it turns out, there are miles and miles of it and we would see them driving around for the two days we were traveling there, most of which were through the forest of Leiria -110 m2 of pine forest from the 1200s with lovely pink and yellow flowers lining the floor bed.
 
Finishing dinner we retired to the hotel lounge and when we tried to start the laptop to work on our blog, we discovered that the new Windows 10 update had corrupted our laptop. ARRRGGG. We tried everything to get it to recover, but nothing worked. Oh well, we had to hope there was somewhere in Coimbra that could help restore the PC. 
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