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Boa Gente

This message is dedicated to all the kind and open hearted people we have met on our Caminho since we started 3 days ago. I know it is not necessary for the story but I wish I had taken a picture of everyone we got to really meet and talk to as I just want …

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Picture of the day ~ May 1

With this saint and rose our hiking day 3 started. As if we were not blessed enough already!        

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Picture of the day ~ April 30

I know the joy of the fishes in the river as I go walking along the same river. Zhuang Zhou        

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Cooling Dão

One of the special treats of walking along a river. Perfect for our hard working feet: cooling Dão. The first day on the Caminho do Dão was nothing less than perfect. It was long but all went smooth and now we need to rest.

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O fonte do Dão

In a field of newly planted ash trees the first water line of the Dão surfaces in the landscape. The grassland is dense and soggy and many water loving wildflowers can be found here. On the south side of this field stands a majestic centennial oak that easily saw 300 centuries passing by. A beautiful …

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Bollos de Queijão

First night of our Caminho do Dão ~ staying in Carapito. The village is in a festive mood, this is the weekend of the annual village festa. Hearing the ‘musica popular’ bouncing through the village as I am writing this post. Luckily the hotel room had double windows. We had a very nice reception by …

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Anticipation message #2

Today I went up to the area near the source of the Dão to meet Américo and Susana who offered to help with defining the route on this first leg of the Caminho. I found out that the Municipality of Aguiar da Beira has marked a walking route almost all they way along the river …

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Anticipation message #1

Working our way deeper into this map getting to know the features of the Dão valley.