Last Call in Lisbon

[Day 10 – Last day in Lisbon, Portugal]

Tchau, Portucale,
Thank you for the memories;
There’s always next time.

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A Fantastic Foray

[Day 8 – Óbidos, Alcobaça, Batalha, and Fátima]

Óbidos
Viewing from a ledge
Walled village of Óbidos
Perfect for parkour.

Alcobaça
A monastery,
Splendid Gothic monument
Houses royal tombs.

Batalha
A UNESCO site,
Another monastery
Preserved very well.

Fátima
Visions of Mary,
Catholic pilgrimage site;
Many faiths pray here.

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Day 7

The Knights that Went Dark

[Day 7 in Tomar]

Once headquartered in Tomar,
The Order of the Knights Templar
Overcame Islamic domination in Portugal;
They were rewarded the castles of Almourol,
Monsanto, and Pombal.

Faced with perceived heresy,
And political upheaval,
The once mighty warrior monks’
Reputation and status were all laid lower
When the jealous King of France
Persuaded the Pope to destroy the Order.

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Bend the Knee in Braga

Day 5 was a déjà vu at the São Bento train station, where we boarded the 8:15 a.m. suburban train to Braga. We spent the whole day at a baroque capital founded by the Romans, who named it Bracara Augusta, and now referred to as Braga. Renowned for its numerous churches and nearby Bom Jesus do Monte pilgrimage center, Braga is home to the first cathedral in Portugal.

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