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Exploring Coimbra & dinner with friends in Lisbon

Time to leave beautiful Porto for Lisbon. Rather than staying a night in Coimbra I decided to get off the train & spend a few hours there exploring before getting on another train to Lisbon. It is an old roman city from 2000 years ago. From 711 - 1130 it was a fortified Muslim town and then until 1255 enjoyed the status of being the capital city of Portugal. It was a 2 minute walk from from the hostel to San Bento station to catch a train to Campanha where the long distance trains leave from.

My train from Campanha to Coimbra left at 8.52am and cost 13 E for the 1 hour 10 minute ride.

I didn't realise it but had to get a local interchange train Coimbra B outside of town to Coimbra. I got off with my pack and a there was no lockers I had to carry it with me. Good thing I was used to carrying it all day on the Camino and walking up and down hills and it was a hilly little town!

I found an information Centre opposite the River Mondego where I got a map & situated myself. The town has a lovely old pedestrian mall where there was group of university students singing acappelo. They were dressed in their long black capes that drag on the ground & makes then look very old worldly.

To walk up the steep cobbestoned streets to the cathedral and university you walked through the old barbican arch Into the old town

I passed some tuk tuks taking people up to top of the hill. First time I have seen them outside Asia.

Old Cathedral Cloisters - They were built in 1162 in the gothic style and are the oldest in Portugal

The New Cathedral was founded by the Jesuits in 1598

The university founded in 1290 was very old and had students in the courtyard in their capes to direct people.

I bought a ticket to go onto the library & some of the other buildings. The library was seriously impressive and like nothing I had ever seen before. In 1717 the old university Joanine library was built with Brazilian gold and had decorations of eastern inspiration. Bookshelves are green or red Chinese lacquer looking but actually covered in gold leaf from Brazil

They currently have 60,000 books most written in Latin before the 18 th century The shelves are made of oak to deter the insects from eating the books.

Bats that live in the ceilings protect the books from all kinds if insects particularly moths since they feed on them

After much uphill walking I headed back to the old town and visited a bakery to sample some yummy local delights before heading back to the station. The train from Coimbra to Lisbon Santa Apollonian station departed at 3:19 pm - 6 pm 1and cost 9.20 e ( 2 1/2hours).

On arriving in Lisbon I had to get the metro line into the city to Rossio Metro Station. From there it was only a 5 minute walk to my hostel located inside Rossio Train Station. Lisbon Destination Hostel - 6 th best in the world - for 17- 20E a night

Seriously in love with this hostel - really nice rooms, great communal areas, perfect location. John and Nat came to meet me and we wandered through the lovely streets and squares to the to Praco Do Comercio - big square on the river with the impressive archway.

We then went up the windy hillside streets where they are getting ready for their big festival and street party. We sat on some church steps watching people dancing and partying. My dinner here consisted of Sangria 1E and 2 sardine and chorizo 5.50e

Walked back to my hostel. Rossio station is beautiful and opposite. 2 big squares and Teatro Maria opera house another beautiful building. At the hostel they had a piano musical night which I sat and enjoyed for awhile.

Loving Portugal!

University students singing  in the old town

University students singing in the old town


Portugese bakeries - my favourite!

Portugese bakeries - my favourite!


Nata's....yum !

Nata's....yum !


The river through Coimbra

The river through Coimbra


Town archway

Town archway


Wnding alleyways- my favourite to explore

Wnding alleyways- my favourite to explore


University students

University students


University buildings

University buildings


Square inside the university

Square inside the university


View over the town

View over the town


Inside the library

Inside the library


Outside of library

Outside of library


Library entrance

Library entrance


Impressive library doors

Impressive library doors


University chapel

University chapel


University square

University square


Corridors

Corridors


Red rooves of the town

Red rooves of the town


Red rooves of the town

Red rooves of the town


Selfie

Selfie


View over the river

View over the river


Love their capes

Love their capes


Aquaducts

Aquaducts


Aquaducts

Aquaducts


Gardens

Gardens


Quaint street corners

Quaint street corners


And more

And more


Yummy cakes

Yummy cakes


Yep my kind of food!

Yep my kind of food!


My cute curtained lower bunk

My cute curtained lower bunk


Love thi from

Love thi from


View out of my hostel window

View out of my hostel window


Interior of hostel

Interior of hostel


Cheers! Sangria for 1 E!

Cheers! Sangria for 1 E!


Street stalls

Street stalls


Cooking sardines and chorizo

Cooking sardines and chorizo


All the streets are decorated

All the streets are decorated


Down by the harbour

Down by the harbour


Destination Hostel in Rossion Station

Destination Hostel in Rossion Station

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Portugal

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