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Coimbra

Posted on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 at 22:21.

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The second week of my trip to Portugal was spent travelling around, taking the train from Braga to Porto to Coimbra to Lisbon and back up.

I stayed two nights in Coimbra, the city with the oldest university of Portugal. Amongst other things I visited the university itself, its impressive Biblioteca Joanina and the botanical gardens. I also went to a fado performance in À Capella.

I stayed in Grande Hostel de Coimbra, a place I would return to anytime and can heartily recommend. They are very close to the main square (Praça da Republica), have excellent beds (even for tall Dutchmen), friendly staff, free fast wireless internet and a good kitchen, charging EUR 18 a night. I very much liked the cozy living room that made me feel at ease. The sofa there is awesome.

When I arrived at the hostel they gave me a map and a thorough explanation of where to go, what places to visit, what to look out for, et cetera. One thing I learned is that the map can be deceiving: what appears to be a 5 minute walk actually takes 30 minutes because of the altitude difference. The center of Coimbra is a lot higher than the areas around it.

Comments

By Martien on Thursday, 23 July 2009 at 09:14:

Hey Martijn,

Seems you had a really good time in Portugal again. I love your photos. They have a wonderful touch to them—a Quality Without A Name. The light, the setting, the colors, all in harmony, helping each other to create a stunning picture of Coimbra. Already looking forward to your next trip.

Love,

Dad.

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