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Catapults and siege machines

Good morning, dears!

I asked for permission at the hotel to take some pics. The whole staff is fantastic and the manager allowed me to share with you this beautiful hotel. As there are other guests, and we should respect their privacy, I took pics of spaces with no people. This is a lounge bar, next to the restaurant.

hotel bar

From the restaurant, you can see the tennis courts. This was yesterdayย while I was listening others guests in German, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

pistas tenis

Once at the gym, Joel Silva, Personal trainer at Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club was so kind to pose showing you Kinesis, a functionalย training equipment wich offers an unlimited number of exercises. All the equipment is Technogym. The gym is not only for guests. Also, a club uses this facilities, open from 7:00 to 21:30. If you need to improve your tennis service or soccer skills, this is your place ๐Ÿ™‚

hotel gym

The hotel is really huge. I can spend a day taking pics: the pool, the spa, the hall… but I came to visit the city. I donยดt know if itยดs true but, “Portugal was born here”.

Aqui nasceu portugal

I visited the Guimaraes Castle. Itยดs small but looks impressive! Also, itยดs free to visit ๐Ÿ˜€

Castillo 2

Palace of the Dukes of Braganza is next to the castle. This is so big that I couldnยดt take a decent picture from the outside. For 6โ‚ฌ, you can take pics without flash and visit the interior. I strongly recommend you visit this Palace. This is the interior courtyard.

Palacio 1

I would love this dining room if I donยดt have to clean it. Anyway, I bet those Dukes knew how to party!

Palacio 2

Of course, the ceiling!

Palacio 3

Also, there is a part of an exposition, “Catapults and siege machines” inside the Palace.


I found a great place for lunch: Sabores do chef, rรบa Abade Tagilde, 353, Guimaraes. The Chef Joaoย Silva is great, attentive, kind and very friendly. I should train With him. He is a really big guy!

sabores do chef chef

How was my lunch? Ox steak with pepper, salad and chips.

sabores do chef boi

And chocolate cake. Delicious!

sabores do chef postre

With this piece of art… Goodbye, I have places to visit, people to meet, and Iยดm hungry again ๐Ÿ˜€

I have tons of pictures, but I donยดt want to bother you. Instead, petitions? The castle, the palace, gardens, museums… it will be my pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!!


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Looks like a lot of fun!

mukul chand

Great Post


That is one cool place! Love the photos!


Oh my! It looks charming. Wish I was there. Enjoy your day!


This is great!

Mandy M

Lovely! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚




Seems like a wonderful place

Harry...the Man!

Those are inspiring photos. I love castles, and that one’s free to enter, you say…

Monica Pana

Great hotel! I do not want to talk about food because I am already hungry because of your pics :))
About castles. I would have liked to live in those times.
Beautiful trip you have and I wish you to have more fun, David ๐Ÿ™‚

Robert Matthew Goldstein

Thank you…nice shots!

New Journey

wow…and no the castle didn’t look small at all…LOL what a fantastic place to visit….kat


Great pictures. It looks as though you are having a fabulous trip.

Allison Humina

So cool! ๐Ÿ˜€ Petitions? ALL OF IT! Looks like you’re having a fantastic time ๐Ÿ˜€


…good pictures and good food ๐Ÿ™‚


Great photos ๐Ÿ˜Š


Such beautiful photos…and now I’m hungry!