Day 145 (part 2) Evora is surrounded by a city wall which is lovely to walk around and eventually leads you to the aqueduct. This stretches for 9km and reaches 26 m high and over the years, houses, shops and other commercial premises have been constructed beneath its arches. Next it was onto an Atlas Obscura thing to cross off, the Chapel of Bones. The €5 entry seems a bit steep but we’re glad we did it. The words over the entrance read “We bones that here are, for yours await”. The walls and eight pillars are decorated in carefully arranged bones and skulls held together by cement. The number of skeletons of friars was calculated to be about 5000, coming from the cemeteries that were situated inside several dozen churches. And that was Evora done! A must stop destination with its walled city, cobbled streets and interesting attractions.
Day 145 A day in Evora! Another UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been on our list to do for a while. The Temple of Evora (or Diana as it is incorrectly called) was first up followed by Evora Cathedral. The terraces are the highest viewpoint in Evora and the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal. The admission is €3.50 for the tower, cloister and cathedral itself which is very reasonable and the views from the tower were great.
Wir waren von Anfang an von Estland begeistert! 🇪🇪 In den Nationalparks gibt es hier free Campsites, auf der Suche nach einer sind wir auf ein Grundstück mit diesem roten Häuschen gelangt. Es kam gleich ein Mann zu uns und meinte er hätte mit ein paar Freunden diese Unterkunft für ein paar Tage gemietet. Als wir dann meinten, dass wir nur ein Stellplatz zum übernachten suchen und sonst nichts brauchen, durften wir bleiben und er hat uns direkt zur Sauna eingeladen. Obwohl es schon echt spät war, war er nicht davon abzubringen für uns die Sauna in einem noch kleineren roten Häuschen nochmal anzufeuern. 🏞🚐🗺🏕🌅🍀 Also waren wir mitten im Wald auf dieser kleinen Insel spätabends und sind dann erstmal in die Sauna gegangen - ganz kostenfrei. 🥰🇪🇪🤗 #happyvanlife#vanlife#traveling#visitestonia#hiiumaa#nationalpark#explore#roadtrip#estonia#sunnyvanlife#karlchenthevan#vanlifediary#visiteurope#traveleurope
The period of grey sky left me with a flat battery (which is why I was moaning!) I'm reliant on solar energy. Unable to teach I cleaned up the van and finally installed my bathroom mirrors! The one on the right needs a good clean 😱
Best friends!💕 The life with two animals in the van...is it a peace of cake? Most of the time.. Yes! What has been the worst? The 3 days when the cat had a bad stomach...then it was a very tiny area.😏 and the fact that we do need some kind of vacuum cleaner because of the hair...need to fix that(note to self) It doesn’t work when it’s to hot ether, specially when it’s so hot the air con stop working...then you are scared to hell for leaving them in the car even when you have electricity. Otherwise we are so lucky to have the absolute best traveling pet and partner ever. They are so easy and a great door opener where ever we go.😊 For some how, people in Europe thinks it’s cool that we travel with a cat and a dog... and so are we😃
Day 144 A more relaxed day after yesterday so a stop off at Montemor-o-Novo ‘castle’. It’s a massive area with a church and castle and the old town hall, it used to house the whole village. Next up was Almendres Cromlech, Neolithic structures reputed to be the best on the Iberian Peninsula. About a dozen monoliths exhibit some form of carved drawings and the history of them and the area is explained at the Interpretation Centre. It was here we learnt about the cork trees and how they have a number written on them once the cork is stripped to show year it was harvested (it takes 9 years for it to regenerate), the height of where they strip off the cork is assessed by age and size of the trees and over 18 billion corks for bottles are made every year!! #funfacts
Day 143 A nature day! We used some of our birthday monies to go on a catamaran trip to see a pod of resident dolphins off the coast of Setúbal. It was looking very unlikely at 1200 having been out for 2 hrs and the tour is only a few hours but luckily the crew persevered and cut their afternoon trip very fine so we were able to see them. Beautiful and majestic, we both felt very lucky 🍀 Next up was testing our wildlife luck by trying to see flamingos native to the Sado Estuary and..... we did!! They were quite far away but luckily we had the camera! Love a successful wildlife day!