Castle, cows, cork, megaliths, marble, and a monastery

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Before we left the Pousada in Estremoz this morning we asked the receptionist to unlock the castle tower so we could climb it. It was windy, foggy and raining but very fun!

First thing we went in search of megaliths, the stones or ptrehistoric structures built around 5000 to 7500 years ago. The countrysidealong the way and the cows are beautiful.

It wouldn’t be a Duke and Marion road trip if we didn’t find a dirt road. Today we were successful!

These standing stones are Cromeleque dos Almendres.

To get there we went through lots of cork trees. You can see how they have stripped the bark off the lower part of the trees.

The towns in this region are called the marble towns because the marble they quarry and export is of such high quality and there is so much of it.

It is used all over the place. Even in retaining walls along the road.

Tonight we are staying in a the Pousada de Avila Viçosa a monastery founded in the 16th century.

Duke is standing outside the door to our room. The door may be small but the room is big.

We ate in the Pousada tonight. Duke had pork and I had veal. The veal is the meat covered in a white sauce. They brought it to the table on a sizzling platter.

After dinner we played pool. Duke won.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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