Cernache to Coimbra

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The hotel was an utter disaster with rats the size of cats doing the hokey pokey in the roof of our room last night.  We are convinced the hotel was haunted.  We were out the dump at 06h00 in a taxi on our way back to the point where we walked yesterday, namely Cernache.  Alan renamed the hotel – The Hammer House of Horrors.

Our short walk today was mild and gentle on our feet even though there was a lot of climbing in certain places.  We took it slow as we only had +- 12 kilometers to walk today.  After last nights accommodation disaster I would advise that one considers the Brierley guide route and walk from Rabacal to Coimbra.  Chris and Maria stayed at another hotel in the same town and it was also aweful.  Long stretch of +- 30 kilometers but a day off in Coimbra thereafter will be worth it.

Pic below of Coimbra as one walks over the Santa Clara bridge.

 

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Above pic of the river Mondego.

There is a very steep descent into the city and just before heading down the old monastery of  Santa Clara lies on your left.  Apparently a worth while visit but my blisters were burning even though it was a short walk today.  (Maybe it was the thought of a cappuccino as Coimbra was only 2 or 3 kilometers away).

Picture of the first queen of Portugal Santa Isabel who died in 1336.

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This is the entrance to the monastery with a huge Camino shell to the right. One can get a stamp at the monastery as well as stay as there is a new 8 bed albergue that has opened up.

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Gerry recommended, Hotel Larbelo and we found a double room for 35 euros right on the Largo de Portagem.  The hotel is situated on the main buzz street in Coimbra, so it is a great choice to stay.  It is also surrounded with loads of coffee shops with the yummiest variety of pastries. You will see the “plaza” once you have crossed the bridge into Coimbra with the tourist office on your right. We went into the tourist office to find out about the main tourist attractions and we were welcomed by the following sign.

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We dashed off to the Bamboo Spa at Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas for a massage and reflexology.  I was treated for my birthday by Sharon. THANKS buddy! What bliss for two hours at a hefty price as well (double the price here), and if I could I would pack Masseuse Fernando in my back pack for further reflexology treatments along the Camino (if only).

Some pics of the fancy hotel – oh and just by the way our pilgrim attire did not go too well with the energy of the hotel, we did not care – the only thing on our minds was some foot and body nurturing.

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