Our BBF had lasagna and a tomato salad with red wine and a huge ice cream to follow!
The view out of our window in Coimbra, the awning at the bottom right hides a bar which played loud music until the wee hours of the morning. This is a university town after all and the students were out to celebrate!
This morning we were up early and left by this old gate. The streets were empty and quiet compared to last night.
Our route out of town took us along the river bank and then we followed a minor road for some kilometres.
Mealhada was our destination for today but the signs never said how far.
It was a beautiful morning and we all wonder what was growing in this field?
Some herbal tea or remedy perhaps.
The shadows of the humans distract from the fact that these poor horses were tethered!
After some seven kilometres we stopped for a short rest on this bridge because the humans had a wall to sit on.
When they started off again a couple of hikers from Austria came by. We cannot call them pilgrims as they were only walking to Porto, staying in hotels and having their kit sent on by taxi!
We met again in this village which had a café by this statue of St James.
On the other side of the village was a map showing where were and had to go.
So far the route had taken us on minor roads, but now we had to go along a major one for a few kilometres!
Then thankfully we left the highway and walked through woods for a little way until we once again were on a minor road.
When we came across this decoration we all thought it was for someone’s birthday, but we came across many more on doors as well as garden gates and lampposts so decided it was for the national holiday.
Suddenly on the other side we found the first sign which told us how far we still had to walk to Santiago!
The sun was now warmer on our backs and we were all looking forward to getting there.
At the entrance to the town of Mealhada was this roundabout which had a statue of Bacchus and behind it were even vines growing, the first we’ve seen in the middle of a roundabout!
Rianne even discovered a Dutch pilgrim so after some two weeks of not speaking her language had someone to talk to.