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In the regional news.

Caminho do Dão was covered by the regional news agency Jornal do Centro in their newspaper and on the TV station. Happy about the coverage but also a lesson in ‘how to deal with media’ as I got miss quoted a few times and would like to sound more positive and convincing in interviews. Thankful …

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Picture of the day ~ May 7

Treasure in the woods In the woods near Carregal do Sal we came passed this abandoned farm house in the shade of Cedars and a granite giant.

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Picture of the day ~ May 6

Erosion One of the most spectacular spots on the Dão so far. Here the water is carving and the granite bedrock broke of and it slide-crashed stones the size of buildings into the river bed. Even though the sound of a very wide waterfall is loud this is a still place. Somehow big rock formations …

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The numbers

It’s a Dutch saying and holds some truth all though both ‘knowing’ and ‘truth’ are contested concepts 🙂 In any case we thought it would be good to share some numbers about our Caminho do Dão. Tomorrow is the last day of walking and it will be a ‘shorty’, only 12 km. We want to …

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Where the fires came

Yesterday on hiking day 5 we walked into the part of the Dão valley that burned in the fires of October 2017. These fires burned their way through the Centro region of Portugal and lasted 1.5 days, consuming 500.000 hectares, many lives were lost (human and animal) and houses and businesses destroyed. I am estimating …

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Dogs of the Dão valley

We have seen and met more dogs than people on the first half of our walk through the Dão valley. The picture on the left was taken in Dornelas as we walked through the village and was the first of what I hope can become a series of ‘Dogs of the Dão valley’.