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Monte Picoto

Posted on Sunday, 24 September 2006 at 02:44.

Sunday started out rather rainy, but in the afternoon the sky cleared somewhat, even showing the bright sun at times, which was nice cos the rain had made it somewhat nippy outside. Not feeling like staying at home all day, I decided to do some sightseeing as soon as it seemed it would stay dry for a while. My touristic map of Braga showed a larged green patch labeled Monte Picoto, with an icon representing “panoramic view” right in the center. Since it seemed closer than the city center (which I walk to in ~20 minutes), I figured that might be a nice place to go to. Even though I didn’t get lost for a change, it still took slightly less than an hour to climb to the Monte’s zenith, but it was worth it.

Of course, Braga has at least 3 McDonald’sesses. One of them, and a Carrefour (French origin) and a Media Markt (German origin — Je ne suis pas fou! — Eu e que nao sou parvo!) are all conviently located snug close to each other (picture 2). Pictures 3-5 show the Avenida da Liberdade, leading right to the big fountain in Braga’s center (see previous blog entries). Notice how on picture 4 the sun illuminates the street from the west at each intersection. All three pictures were taken from the same position. I love my camera. Picture 6 shows the cathedral and stairs of Bom Jesus.

Random fact of the day: If you ask for hot chocolate in a Portuguese cafe, you get, well, hot chocolate. Literally. Not quite regular chocolate made liquid, it’s still a lot thicker than chocolate milk, and also has a more intense taste.

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