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  • Fighting pollution
    I love so much Batalha monastery, that I decided to get married there, many, many years ago. However, as the years pass, is dramatic the degradation of the monument, caused by the pollution of cars.

    Allow me a very personal comparison:

    Three small details make the two pictures in Batalha combined below a little bit different. Will you find them ?

    1 - At left the monastery was absolutely secondary. At right it gets all the attention

    2 - Left, the bride waits for her husband to take the picture. Right, she is somewhere home, waiting for her husband to post this text.

    3 - Left, the stone evidences its 600 years in place. Right, 36 years of pollution have been added.

    Well, I'm not the only one worrying, and they started to build a protection by the road. Good!
    • Hard comparison in Batalha
    • 70s+
    • Male
    • Father
    • Married
    • No Disability
    Review Score: 0

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  • Portuguese Romeo and Juliet
    No one may visit Alcobaça without knowing or learning the dramatic story of king Pedro and Inês de Castro, so, this is not the place to repeat it, only some few lines to enhance the beauty of both tombs, topped by the statues of the lovers, and the romantic display in the church.

    The damages were caused by Napoleon's soldiers searching for eventual jewels inside
    • Replica of one of the tombs, during the 500 years celebration
    • Tomb of Inês
    • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
    • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
    • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
    • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
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  • Insurance for Expats resident in Andorra
    Travel Insurance products are linked directly to your country of residency. I don't know why this appears to important to Insurance companies - but it does!

    As a UK expat it is galling to google some company and go through the online forms, only to discover that you HAVE TO BE resident of the UK for example to be able to take the cover.

    There are not that many insurance companies that offer cover to Andorra; Expatriate Healthcare & BUPA will.. but their products are very pricy; so I was pleased to discover Globelink.

    Initially their website only mentioned Andorra in the list of countries covered, so I emailed them and they confirmed that Andorra is OK, and they will update their website soon.

    The form is really quick to fill in - well designed - and the cost is super-competitive. I really hope I don't need to make a claim, as that would mean somethings gone badly wrong with my holiday - but I see from other reviews that they do process claims well.
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  • Worth the drive from Les Angeles
    We were met by the very friendly Madam of the property, it was quiet on a drizzly afternoon. I asked her if there was somewhere local we could go for swim. She said there's one here (in the hotel).

    So the lad and I were able to jump in the pool and then warm up in the sauna afterwards. The pool area must be a massive waste of fuel as there just a corrigated roof, and you can see the steam rising from the water. It's a bit basic, and damn cold when you get out - but a bit of a winner if you don't want to go out into the cold and rain.

    Food I was told was available too - the Master of the house is from southern Spain and he and the lady produce some great traditional french cuisine. I love my duck - and this was perfect: just watch out I didn't ask, but mine came with white beans. I do prefer chips, but this is apparently a common side in this Catalan region.

    Parking was OK as I was the first in, I think it filled up in the night as the hotel was fill, but no problem. We've stayed in Les Angeles town before, I would advise that if you need to get into your car (ie not using the ferry buses), then you might as well spend 5 mins more and drive out to somewhere like this which has more features, more friendly and was a fair bit cheaper too!
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    Review Score: 0

    To read more Hotel la Belle Aude

  • Restaurant "O Lidador" - Excellent option
    I went there for the first time with two Canadian boys and my eldest son. In a city of narrow streets and tiny squares, they were attracted by the small esplanade, occupying a third of the main street. It was hot, the shade outdoors was inviting, the menu was appealing, so I accepted.

    Good decision - Great menu, delicious food, nice service, good wine.

    What else shall I say?

    When I went to Óbidos several months later with a Canadian couple, this restaurant was already a natural choice. Once again I came out satisfied - they both also appreciated the meal as I did.

    Their special dish: Óbidos style pork loins

    Opens everyday from 10.00 to 23.00
    Address; R. Direita 19
    Telephone: +351 965039142
    Site: No site
    • Óbidos - Restaurant "O Lidador"
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  • Santiago church
    Located by the castle this old church (XIII century, by donation of king Afonso III to the bishop of Silves, and later owned by the military order of Santiago) was damaged by Lisbon earthquake and reconstructed afterwards.

    With several chapels and altars, it has a good painting collection.
    • Tavira - Santiago church
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    Review Score: 0

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  • Santa Maria do Castelo
    After the conquest of Tavira by the Portuguese, in the 13th century, the mosque inside the castle was replaced by a christian church.

    Lisbon earthquake damaged it, and it was reconstructed, using all the possible elements of its Gothic conception.
    • Tavira - Santa Maria do castelo
    • Tavira - Santa Maria do castelo
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  • Tavira castle
    Built and rebuilt in several periods, the experts find in this castle and walls, signs from the Muslim times and christian changes.

    Destroyed by 1755 earthquake, most of the walls were dismantled, but there are still disperse elements (walls and doors) in the centre of town.
    • Tavira castle
    • Tavira castle
    • Tavira castle
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  • Charcutaria restaurant - Alentejo at its best
    Charcutaria restaurant Located near Chiado, in the centre of town, there's a restaurant so discreet that you may pass by without noticing it. And it would be a pity, because it's really an excellent place to eat. The starters, main meals and wines are delicious; the only drawback is the price, not excessive but far from the cheap range. One of my favorite Portuguese dishes - carne de porco a alentejana, (pork meat fried with clams with a coriander sauce) - gets here the name "medalhões de porco com ameijoas", and, believe me, it's impossible to do it better. However, everything else deserves your choice. A few friends in Virtual Tourist (RIP) followed my advice, and it was nice to receive their thanks for the suggestion. That's the double big pleasure now in Red Planet - being useful and showing our best to visitors.
    • Chiado square - Lisbon
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  • O Pote - Family food
    If you find yourself in the new part of Lisbon, around Arieiro or Av. Roma then you may eat at "O Pote". That's my everyday restaurant in Lisbon.

    It features Portuguese food, homemade type, with a long menu, good quality and reasonable price. I started to eat there in 1962, when it was only a small tavern, with prices for students. The employees (9 brothers at all) bought it later, and started to enlarge and modernize the place, always with good attention to the clients.

    ​Now, those kids are old guys like me, but it's good to confirm, each time I go there, that everything remains as before.

    A group from Hungary went there in May 2013... and I got a gift for the suggestion... Thanks.

    My eldest son is now working close to it, and that's a new good reason to keep going there. I do it almost each month, and... great, as usual. The only problem is to select one from the 12 desired dishes among the more than 30 in the menu.
    Address: Av. João XXI, 7
    Phone: +351 21 848 6397
    Website: http://www.opoterestaurante.com/
    • O Pote restaurant
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    • Father
    • Married
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    Review Score: 0

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