Portugal

Pilgrims progress

Posted by on 6, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Pilgrims progress

Leaving Porto Lots of these along the coast Mixed use walking/cycling path for lots of the route … And too many places to just sit and enjoy it Lovely towns for evening stops.. The path runs close to the sea most of the way And that’s farewell to Portugal as we’re nipped across to Spain… The hills begin… Some pretty seaside villages Hard going on the wet, sodden paths in the Spanish hills. Leaving Porto, our first 1km of cycling was virtually all down hill and a very steep hill at that, both brakes on full, until we joined the steady trail of Pilgrims en route...

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Porto

Posted by on 3, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Porto

Porto has always been a city Linda has wanted to visit so we planned 4 nights there to have a good wander around. And wander we did, to the tune of 32km. We were a tad pooped before we started to cycle, especially as it’s all up and down here, which is never a good plan! But it is a fabulous city, with old trams, a cable car, a funicular railway and of course the Port Cellars….I wonder why Linda wanted to come here…! Anyway, we had a fab tour and of course tasting in the Taylor’s cellars and did the excellent self guided tour with Linda almost drooling as we walked...

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And we’re off

Posted by on 28, May 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 2 comments

And we’re off

Our wordly goods.. Colour coded so one of us knows where thing are!! Where’s my seat gone… Always a relief when everything’s reunited… First of many… Our Porto home for a few days Tilly enjoying the rest in the glorious courtyard. Flying Tilly is always an interesting and sometimes stressful experience. Airlines have such varying policies for her, but EasyJet are easily one of the best with a 32kg max weight and they don’t care how big the package is , or in fact if its a box or plastic bag. That’s different to some airlines who give you a maximum...

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Wellingtons footsteps…

Posted by on 14, May 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Portugal, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Wellingtons footsteps…

Lisbon to Badajoz (Spain).  6 days, 256km, 1848m climb.  Total 1569km 8200m climb We are always surprised at how a line on a map that separates two countries can make so much difference to lifestyles. Crossing from Portugal, where the restaurants closed around 9pm in Alves to Spain where they hardly opened before 9pm less than 15km away just seems so odd. And of course it’s much harder to get used to if you’re not used to the whole siesta and stay up late thing. We’d got used to eating at (for us) a normal time and getting to bed early so we could start cycling...

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Food

Posted by on 26, Apr 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Food

As with all our travels, combining vegetarianism with Jon’s interpretation of it (vegetarianism without the vegetables) is always a challenge. The Portugese though like their Tosti’s, and on our previous visit we loved them too. The bread is always what posh people call Artisnal and so we tucked into our first one eagerly in a village cafe. Well, I have to say I really don’t think that what they call cheese is cheese, it’s the Artisnal bread equivalent of Hovis white loaf – pap. It has no flavour and is basically a way of clogging your arteries without any of...

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Too old for this….

Posted by on 20, Apr 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Too old for this….

Monte Gordon to Vila Nova de Millfontes – (5 days 110km, 783m climb) It’s a bit worrying when you ask in the tourist information about the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast Cycle route that runs right outside the tourist information office and they’ve never heard of it, but hardly surprising as we’ve seen two signposts for it in 100km. Apparently we’re the first people ever to cycle it, which can’t be right, but might explain it’s state, which is poor to non existent. Some of the route had been a challenge for a 4×4 let alone us on Tilly. It’s...

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