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Obrigado, Guimaraes!

Good morning and happy Monday, dears 🙂

I promised some more pics, and I guess this is the best way to start the week. Take a rest under the tree, because the palace is huge.

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Taking photos with no flash is allowed inside 🙂

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The waiting room.

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The office.

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The dining room.

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A composition to show furniture from all over the world.

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The bedroom 🙂

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A chapel.

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Also, look at these ceilings.

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Let´s walk to the city center…

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Do you like cappuccino?

Last, but not least, Vila Flor Culture Centre and its gardens. Yes, there are gardens and parks everywhere 🙂

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Assault to the Castle of Guimaraes

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Castle of Guimaraes. It was built in the 10th century and reconstructed in the 13th. Don´t worry, I won´t bother you with its history 🙂 Follow the link if you are interested.

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As you get close to it, you wonder why would you even try to scale those walls. I mean, I checked the place and this is the weakest point!

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The inside is also impressive.

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How can we break these magnificent defenses? Sit and wait. Seriously, that´s how sieges started. Stay far enough from the castle but force the citizens  to stay inside until they run out of food. The best of it is that you don´t need to climb 🙂

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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.

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

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Once at the gym, Joel Silva, Personal trainer at Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club was so kind to pose showing you Kinesis, a functional 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 🙂

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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 don´t know if it´s true but, “Portugal was born here”.

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I visited the Guimaraes Castle. It´s small but looks impressive! Also, it´s free to visit 😀

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

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

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Of course, the ceiling!

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

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

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

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And chocolate cake. Delicious!

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With this piece of art… Goodbye, I have places to visit, people to meet, and I´m hungry again 😀

I have tons of pictures, but I don´t want to bother you. Instead, petitions? The castle, the palace, gardens, museums… it will be my pleasure 🙂

Have a great day!!

 

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Surprise!

Hello, dears!!!

I just booked a place to stay in Guimarães from Mon 15 Feb 2016 till Thu 18 Feb 2016 with Booking.com! I’ll be staying at Open Village Sports Hotel & Spa Club.

And here’s the link to take a look at where I’m staying: http://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/open-village-sports.html?aid=349407&checkin=2016-02-15;checkout=2016-02-18;group_adults=2

Don’t worry. I’ll post and read yours!! Internet is faster there 🙂

Hugs!!!