I had a great sleep and the included breakfast was second to none - Greek yoghurt, cereals, cheese, ham, gorgeous breads, fruit, coffee and tea! After breakfast, I headed out to see the 2 things there are to see in Amarante: the church of St. Gonçalo which was started in 1543 by the order of King Joao III and Lady Catarina. There are different architectural styles including Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque-
The altar is gaudy as usual-
Amarante was a fortified city and the wall remains-
I think the highlight of the morning was the Ponte Sao Gonçalo. The original bridge was built in 1763 but destroyed by floods. It's where there was a battle in 1809 against the French. The River Tamega flows underneath-
I love the reflection-
I drove back to my hotel, parked and walked downtown I didn't want to be drinking great wine and then driving. I ended up going on a one hour cruise in the river for $15 with other Canadians from Calgary. I thought we were going to go under the bridges but we went the other way so we had a great view of Peso da Rejau-
The road wasn't very busy so I was comfortable putting along. Occasionally i'd pull over to let someone go by but it was a very pleasant drive.
Portuguese cemeteries are similar to others in Europe with lots of fresh flowers-
Many had lanterns burning-
Some only had carefully sculptured gravel on top-
There were 2 river cruisers docked. I can't imagine doing that-
The river banks are terraced and planted. All the grapes have been picked-
After the cruise, I stopped at a grocery store where they had dried fish-
came back to the hotel where I did some wash and am now listening to the Riders getting demolished on CKRM! Looking forward to another day in Peso da Rejau tomorrow!
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