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April 26@Spain Caceres  / Hotel Residencia Metropol(4,500Pts)

Trujillo
Getting rid of the virus, I can travel without anxiety.I headed to the west to enter Portugal. On the way, I dropped in a typical castle town named Trujillo. Though I prowled the town with the motorbike, I enjoyed the short visit. Stone pavement alleys are everywhere like a spider's web. It looks like a labyrinth of a fairy land. Being a quited town, I ran as slowly as possible not to make a noise that is amplified by houses' walls. I donft know the history or anything of the town, but it would be a sightseeing area. Some tourists were walking the town.

Today I cruised for more than 300km and settled at Caceres, a middle sized city. Croissant are baked in the hotel and tasted so goodc



April 27 Portugal Lisboa / Residencia do Sul (5,000 Esc)

At a small village of the road
West further. National route 521 runs straight to the west. It was very easy and comfortable to cruise and I felt as if I was in Hokkaido, a Japanese northen island. You could enjoy more with a on-road motorcycle. Running 100km and more, I crossed the border into Portugal. There is a big immigration building, however, it looked deserted besides some cars for the staff. I imagined that there used to be a lot of workers and they checked all immigrants carefully.

A little before the Portugal, climate and vegetation is showing a different aspect from Spain of the Mediterranean. Trees on the mountain, full of flowers at pasture, and I saw some rice paddies. It seems to have enough rainfall. I also had rain yesterday and today. And cold. I sometimes find some carcasses, maybe foxes or deer killed by cars, which I hardly saw in Spain.

After arriving in Lisboa, I struggled for the room as usual. And got it with telephone somehow for 5,000Esc. Finding rooms are always hard work. Though I look for a cheap cozy, and with telephone, I canft find the condition easily or even when I find that kind of accommodation, it is often completed. When I check in, I have been exhausted already. I want to shorten this meaningless time if possible.

I went out to eat dinner and used a small restaurant. I ordered grilled chicken. It was kind of Menu. Two legs of chicken, rice, bread, a strange food like tofu, and 2 jugs of beer. It was very good. I payed 1,600Esc and it must be very much cheaper  then other west Europe countries.  




April 28 Portugal Lisboa / Residencia do Sul (5,000 Esc)


a tram goes everywhere
Lisboa is a city of harbor and hills. I think it is similar to Nagasaki, a city in southern Japan. Trams and the atmosphere of roads look just like it. Trams can be seen everywhere and they are always crawling slowly. It suddenly shows up even from a narrow one-way alley and it surprises me. It is just the way of transportation for a hill town.

In the daytime, I visited the main sights of the town. When I dropped at a cafe. I found a cake called ecasteraf. It was imported to Japan hundreds years ago and Japanese improved it originally. Now I see the roots for the first time. I rather prefer Japanese one. Lisboafs is dried out. After all, exactly, I saw Japanese 'kaizen' again here in Portugal.

About 11:00 at night, I went to a restaurant to enjoy FADO, which is Portuguese folk song. It was melancholic and a bit sorrow. Very good!  



  

April 29 Portugal Lisboa / Residencia do Sul (5,000 Esc)

the hotel i am staying is along this street.

It is raining all day. I was going to the north but gave it up. I decided to update this page. I had so much work left to write. It is quite hard work to write something everyday. But I will keep on because I sometimes get e-mail from some visitors these days. it motivates me very much.

I went to the supermarket and bought some deep-fried food and salad. It was not good. I want to share these tastes to all visitorsc



April 30
Portugal Nazare / ?? (4,000 Esc)

 

The beach of Nazare.

Cape Roca. It is known for the most western point of the Eurasia Continent. A lot of tourist visit there and some souvenir shops line the alley. I, and I guess most people, like this kind of thing like ethe most XXX placef. And mostly they ended in disappointments. I think this kind of curiosity makes the world progress.

Then I left for Nazare. This time I tried to run only with the help of the GPS. Of course It always showed the right direction but I could not find appropriate roads to Nazare. The direct distance should be less 100km but it took more than 3 hours as a result. An off-and-on Rain also disturbed my way. This is a bad example for depending on GPS too much.  

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