Portugal Express!

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  1. Robert Clark

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    Having been pestered by @Anthea M I'm posting some pics and info on our current trip to southern Portugal.

    Like most of our 'adventures' we've only got 3 weeks to do the whole trip door-to-door.

    We left the UK on Monday and had a couple of long days driving through France - the final day was through a terrible storm.

    We bumped into Richard @Clarky at an Aire in Torquemada, which was a very pleasant surprise indeed.

    We've stopped for a couple of days rest in Badajoz on the Portugese border, and have discovered a wonderful gem of a town.

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    There is a free Aire (Campercontact 45870) which is in a perfect spot next to the river and the old bridge which leads directly to the town, which boasts a mix of Roman and Arabic architecture.

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    It looks like the town has seen better days as many of the houses in the warren of backstreets are abandoned.

    We found a great little restaurant for lunch and enjoyed a 'menu del dia' set lunch which included...

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    A mixed salad with Tuna

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    A chilled pepper soup with eggs and ham (sounds disgusting - tasted great)

    We both had Bacalao (dried salt cod) which was served with grated potatoes (sorry forgot to take a pic)

    And for desert we had Cheese Flan
    Sorry it looks half eaten, but I almost forgot to take a pic
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    Including 3 glasses of excellent red wine, the bill came to £18, which was a very pleasant surprise !

    Tomorrow we cross the border into Portugal - in search of some spring sunshine


    Ps. If anyone is interested in the places we stopped on the way down, which included a fee Aire at a French winery, just ask
     
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  2. Anthea M

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    So glad I 'pestered' you for photos of buildings and food! Lovely thankyou both ! The weather looks good too!
     
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    We found the route through Badajoz into Portugal very scenic with little traffic, most enjoyable.
     
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    Great pictures, Badajoz was that not the fortress that Wellington captured from the French?
     
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    Yes it was, during the Peninsular War.
    Part of the walls were destroyed, but was restored afterwards. Inside there is a very strange mix of what looks like Roman (columns, porticos and vaulted ceilings) and later Moorish arches.
     
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    Really enjoyed reading about your last trip and your pics so lookin forward to the tales from this one, enjoy yourselves.

    Liz
     
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    Badajoz ,& the rest of Extremadura always looked abandoned , even in the good times. Sparsely populated region & named for what it is " Extremely Hard" both to exist &/or make a living.
    It is also an area of EU economic deprivation.
    At present of those in employment , 75% work for the government or local & regional councils.:( Doubtful if the other 25% pay enough taxes to support it all.:unsure:
    One benefit of its sparse population & lack of industry, etc; is that it is the least light polluted region in the European union & an ideal place for stargazing.(y)
     
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  9. Robert Clark

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    Thanks to @DBK we decided to stop at Elvas
    We found a couple of other MH's parked right besides the 2000 year old aqua duct
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    A local policeman said it was OK to park so we decided to stay for the night. There is a free Aire with free water and dump just up the road at Intermarche (Campercontact 25555) where we also found a NOS mobile phone shop and purchased two of @JJ famous 10 euro simcards, which allow unlimited internet for 10 days. - thanks @JJ
    We walked into the walled town of Elvas and visited the castle

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    Although close to Badajoz, Elvas feels worlds apart, much more 'lived in' and obviously popular.

    We chose a local restaurant for lunch

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    It was number 1 on Tripadvisor, and so popular we had to wait an hour for a table.

    For starters we shared a dish of Octopus Salad
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    Followed by a bowl of mixed salad
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    And a platter of Black Pork which is a speciality of the region - it had very dark flesh and had considerably more flavour than British Porkers
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    For desert we had Egg Punnin (no g) which was very yummy

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    All was washed down with two jugs on the local red wine, which was fruity and very richly coloured

    Safely back in the MH for a coffee, Rum and a well earned siesta.

    Tomorrow we head off in search of Portugals equivalent to Stone Henge

    Tchau!
     
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    Less of the old fossils (not you) more on the food plse:)
     
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    Alves sunset

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    @Robert Clark Good luck you two (y) As you know I was unaware of this trip. Keep up the photos (takes us back a bit :))
     
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    Dunno which way you're going but I highly recommend Tomar (Convento de Christo) and Batalha (Abbey).

    Obidos and Alcobaça nice too (y)
     
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    Only just caught this new trip. The title threw me.;) Not used to the word "express" on here.:rolleyes:
    Looking forward to yet more drooling moments caused by lovely places and yummy plates.(y)
    Enjoy it as much as we will though sadly for us it's secondhand.:)
     
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    Now then @Robert Clark , you promised me you wouldn't be posting any more food porn pics. :)

    Looks like you parked in exactly the same spot in the Elvas car park as we did last year. Really is a lovely little town isn't it.
     
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    I know I promised, but @Anthea M made me !

    How's Italy ?
     
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    Thank you Robert and Mrs C it looks a lovely area and food as good as ever! (y)
     
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    Very nice and very warm thanks. Arrived today at Camping Acqua Dolce in Levanto. Nice site, but very busy, so if you want to stay here on your next trip best to phone in advance - we did in the morning and they said OK. It is only a couple of minutes walk to the town's square or the beach. The town seems to be a bit of a sun spot with the mountains behind sheltering it from the winds. Very warm in the sun.

    Arrived in time to walk into the town to look for lunch. Very first place we looked at (La Loggia) was only 100 yards from the site and looked good, so we decided to try it - turned out to be a very good choice. We both had seafood lasagne with red fish and leeks followed by pear and chocolate tart with ice cream, along with a carafe of the local wine. Needed a walk around town to keep awake afterwards.

    Tomorrow we are catching the train to the Cinque Terre and will try walking some of the coast route - unfortunately some of it is still not open after the flooding they had a few years back.
     
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    Today we moved to Elvor having made a slight detour to see some standing stones (see sign below for names)

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    Elvor is amazing, with its Roman temple right in the middle of town. A more opulent town than those we visited in Spain.

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    We're staying at the free Aire close to the town centre (Campercontact 55178)

    Tonight we walked back into town to a local family run restaurant.

    We had a selection of starters including Octopus salad, mushrooms, roasted peppers, cheese and olives

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    For main course Mrs C had roasted black pork
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    And I had roast lamb
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    For desert we shared Quince poached in red wine
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    I think I may had had a little too much to eat tonight ax I feel that I might explode !

    However we're back in the safety of our MH, enjoying a nightcap of espresso coffee and rum, before retiring for the night.

    Torn between heading for the coast or searching for some more culture and relics ?

    What would you do?
     
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    Lovely photos again! Thankyou! Those stones look amazing just how did they move them?! Is the sky really that blue! Even at this time of the year? Food and relics for me as I do love history but the call of the sea always gets me! ( sorry no help!):sun::drinks:
     
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