A taste of Portugal, day 4,Heading North to Porto.

It was time to move on and head north to Porto.

Our first stop was at Fatima which is nowadays a place of Pilgrims. On 13th May 1917 three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins saw a vision of a Lady dressed in white while guarding their sheep. The Lady visited the children on the 13th of each month from May to October. On 13th October, the children and 70,000 pilgrims witnessed the “Miracle of the Sun”. Don Santos became a nun and entered a convent. The two cousins died as a result of the Spanish Flu epidemic in  1919 and 20.

908 Fatima

Thousands of Pilgrims attend the sire each year. Many make the last part of the journey on their knees to visit the Chapel of the Apparitions.

907 Fatima

                               The Basilica                                              Statue of Pope Paulo VI

403 The new church

                                                    The new church.


Our short visit to Fatima could be described as just a coffee break and comfort stop because we were soon on the move and heading for Coimbra.

We stopped in the town and after a quick bite to eat headed for the Praca de Maio and the Monastery of Santa Cruz.

911 Sanat Cruz913 The organ914 Interior Santa Cruz

However our main interest was our visit to the University. It is one of the oldest universities in the world and was established in Lisbon in 1290. It moved to its current location in 1537. We had an excellent tour of the University including the chapel, examination room and the famous library. Unfortunately no pictures as photography was not allowed.

We were more interested in the students dressed inn their uniform of gown or cape.

923 Students

It was “fresher’s week and they were busy trying to decide which societies to join. We were told that as regards the “uniform” it was “all or nothing”. You wore the full outfit, or you could wear Jeans and a T-shirt, but not mix and match.

942 Students 

I know that  J K Rowling lived close to Porto for several years and I am sure that this is where she obtained the idea of “Hogwarts”. Even the Examination Room  reminded me of the Dining room in the film.

Many of the young female students seems to be imitating Hermione but were enjoying themselves.

941 Happy days

It was almost 6.00 pm when we arrived in Porto, time for a rest.


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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3 Responses to A taste of Portugal, day 4,Heading North to Porto.

  1. Chris and Dave Field says:

    Hello Alan. This is Chris and Dave from the Riviera trip (you gave me your card). It is very interesting to compare your photos with those we took – and to read your impressions of the places we visited. Reading your blogs, it seems we have done many of the same walks in the UK too. Hope you have many other wonderful holidays – and plenty of photos – in the future.

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