After leaving Evora we made an unplanned stop in Fatima. That name ring a bell? It's the town where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to three children (on a monthly basis -- she apparently wanted to stick to a schedule) back in 1917.
That kind of thing isn't really our cup o' tea. But our route took us right through Fatima, so we stopped. The picture below shows where Mass is performed when people flock to the town during the monthly pilgrimage. It's crazy big. Crowds can be in the hundreds of thousands sometimes.
Milo was underwhelmed by the whole thing. But a chance to escape from his car seat for a bit made it worth his while.
We spent the night in a town called Nazare. Its claim to fame is that it's the site of the largest wave ever surfed -- a mere 100 feet high. (And the surfer was an American, no less!) An underwater canyon is responsible for the giant waves that occur there sometimes.
But when we were there the ocean was super-flat.
|The huge waves occur just off the coast of this rock point.|
Good pizza was really hard to come by in Malaysia, so this was a treat. Plus Milo slept in the stroller and we let Finn have the Kindle (judge not, ye readers!), so it was sort of like date night. Sort of.
The next day we headed toward the town of Coimbra, but before we got there we spent a few hours at a place called Conimbriga, which is considered to be the most well-preserved Roman ruins in Portugal. It was really neat. I'm always amazed at the things people accomplished back then with the limited resources and knowledge available to them. I mean, aqueducts? Wow.
It was also the best weather we'd had so far in Portugal -- warm in the sun with a nice cool breeze. Plus it was a more rural setting than the other places we'd visited. When we're traveling, we always find that we can spend only so much time in urban areas full of people before we get cranky. The countryside recharges us.
The ruins included several well-preserved mosaics. Like this one.
Finn was curious about the ruins, but he mostly wanted to find a "bat cave." Not Batman's secret headquarters, mind you, but just a place where bats live. Though we didn't find an actual bat cave, we did find something Finn thought was a bat cave. Which is just as good.
There was also a nice little museum on site. Jake and I took turns going in while the boys played in the courtyard. Here's Finn playing hide-and-seek. He's hiding, not counting, by the way. As you can see, he's really good at it.
|Yes, those are oranges on that tree. A maintenance worker gave us one. Sadly, it was terrible.|