Portugal

Wellingtons footsteps…

Posted by on 14, May 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Portugal, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Wellingtons footsteps…

Lisbon to Badajoz (Spain).  6 days, 256km, 1848m climb.  Total 1569km 8200m climb We are always surprised at how a line on a map that separates two countries can make so much difference to lifestyles. Crossing from Portugal, where the restaurants closed around 9pm in Alves to Spain where they hardly opened before 9pm less than 15km away just seems so odd. And of course it’s much harder to get used to if you’re not used to the whole siesta and stay up late thing. We’d got used to eating at (for us) a normal time and getting to bed early so we could start cycling...

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Food

Posted by on 26, Apr 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Food

As with all our travels, combining vegetarianism with Jon’s interpretation of it (vegetarianism without the vegetables) is always a challenge. The Portugese though like their Tosti’s, and on our previous visit we loved them too. The bread is always what posh people call Artisnal and so we tucked into our first one eagerly in a village cafe. Well, I have to say I really don’t think that what they call cheese is cheese, it’s the Artisnal bread equivalent of Hovis white loaf – pap. It has no flavour and is basically a way of clogging your arteries without any of...

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Too old for this….

Posted by on 20, Apr 2017 in 2017 - Rock to ???, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Too old for this….

Monte Gordon to Vila Nova de Millfontes – (5 days 110km, 783m climb) It’s a bit worrying when you ask in the tourist information about the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast Cycle route that runs right outside the tourist information office and they’ve never heard of it, but hardly surprising as we’ve seen two signposts for it in 100km. Apparently we’re the first people ever to cycle it, which can’t be right, but might explain it’s state, which is poor to non existent. Some of the route had been a challenge for a 4×4 let alone us on Tilly. It’s...

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