|River Mondego at Sunset|
|Central Lower Square|
|University Building with a bit of Aqueduct in it.|
|Original University Buildings and Courtyard (library to the Left)|
After Lisbon and Lourical, Coimbra was a very pleasant surprise. It’s a university town a few miles inland and the easy equivalent of Cambridge or Oxford, both in terms of age since establishment and reputation. It was the first time in three months that the younger generation outnumbered the older by ten to one or more.
The town itself is a glorious mix of classical buildings. There are three beautiful bridges, a lovely even flowing river populated all day by canoeists and scullists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_scull not sure a Scullist is a word). The river is the Mondego, the banks are populated by students running, socialising and being students (and quite a few of the groups we heard were speaking almost exclusively in English). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondego_River this river is a Portuguese natural national treasure.
Dotted between the modern bits of city and the old classical city are some very old village parts that must have sat outside the city limits in its early years and have just been swallowed ... that they have survived at all is a miracle.
|Another Lump of Aqueduct|
|Botanical Models in the Institute of Botanical Studies|
|View from the Courtyard|
Trivia factoid: Coimbra university library and the student uniforms were the inspiration for JK Rowling’s image of Hogwarts. Coimbra is a fabulous visit, and this is gong to become boring and repetitive: Portugal is not on the Algarve, its inland.
|Bridge into the City|
|Village in a City|
|Just Outside of Town Round the First Bend of the River|
|New Road Viaduct being Constructed|
|On the Way to Pont das Tres Entradas|