Portugal (& back through Spain): Fall-Winter 2002 (13)

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2. Coimbra (cont'd)

The hotel's restaurant was as good as the hotel itself. The Ishikawas feasted on raviolis stuffed with lobster and goat cheese in safron sauce, couch luvar with clams and pearl vegies in sparkling wine sauce, small black sausages and carrot terniere which left a superb aftertaste. Drinks in the hotel bar surrounded by portraits of great Portugese authors was also inspiring.

Walking around Coimbra, there are lots of Azulejos to enjoy, small white tiles painted in cobalt blue, originally a Muslim art form the Ishikawas had enjoyed in Sevilla (where Portugal imported its azulejos before they started making their own in the 16th century). Like the rest of Portugal, an interesting mixture of old and new buildings.



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