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Coimbra, a University Town – Day 12

20 November 2009 One Comment

Friday 24th July 2009 – Portugal

I didn’t get much sleep last night due to the large group of French kids making a lot of noise until the early hours. They were laughing and screaming without any thought for anyone else in the campsite, but I guess you’re only young once eh! I was glad to be leaving in the end. So where was I headed for today?..

I headed off early this morning to Coimbra. My guide says that Lavra, Porto and surrounding areas are largely populated by business people, and it is true. Everywhere you go you see black Audis, BMWs and Mercedes, all with business people going about their business. They have no patience on the roads though. Throughout Portugal, they also have very big, and well looked after burial grounds. It is very important to people here, and i must say they are very beautiful places.

I got to the campsite, Municipal de Coimbra, gorgeous girl at reception, and managed to walk off without my card. The girl ran down the car park after me and scared the life out of me as she jumped out of nowhere to hand my card back to me. Before i could remember what the Portuguese word for thank you is, she was gone, running back to reception. I found my campsite pitch and set my tent up. While finding a better spot for the car i managed to back my car into a small post that i didn’t realise was there. Now i have a little crease in the bumper. It turned out to be a bad day for my car as i rode over some speed bumps too quickly while busily looking at the sights.

Pretty Park in CoimbraI drove into town, parked up and walked to the pretty gardens and Cathedral, and up to the University, which is a tourist hot spot. Apparently it was the first to be built in Portugal, and remains very spectacular. There was a lot to see around Coimbra, not least of all the women. It is a university town and this place is full of hotties, and this is the reason i drove over the speed bumps too quickly, my eyes were elsewhere. Naughty boy!

I came back to the campsite and rested in the sunshine for the rest of the day.

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