I had a few hours to wander around the hotel before we packed up and left for Queluz (just outside of Lisbon). On the way we stopped for a visit to Obidos.
On our last morning in Porto, I debated going back to town for sunrise but I decided to walk around our pasada instead. It turned out that it was a very cloudy and foggy morning.
An early morning view of the courtyard of our hotel.
I walked beside the river, on the road behind the hotel for a couple of hours before breakfast. There were quite a few old, abandoned buildings.
You can see the hotel on the right side of the photo. It was still pretty foggy out.
This photo was taken heading back to the hotel along the same road. You can see a modern building behind. Now it was time to return to the hotel, pack up and leave for Obidos.
The name "Obidos" is thought to have been derived from the Latin term oppidum, meaning "citadel" or "fortified city". This is the city gate of Obidos with its gorgeous "Azulejo" tiles so common in Portugal.
The castle of Obidos. After the Christian conquest of the Arab Moors in the 12th century the necessity for a secure power base in the region required the increased fortification of the town and castle. The walls were further strengthened in the 14th century and we ended up climbing on them (after being warned to be careful).
Obidos remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture; its streets, squares, walls and castle is a popular tourist destination.
A view of the railroad tracks and farmland taken from the castle.
Another view from the other side of the castle.
I wandered around the town finding colour everywhere.
The historic district was full of narrow, cobblestone streets.
The colourful town reminded me a bit of Cuba.
Some Portuguese men relaxing at the end of the day.
We arrived in Queluz late in the afternoon. The photo above is the hotel where we stayed, the Pousada of D. Maria. The hotel was formerly the servants quarters/annex of the Queluz National Palace.
Since there was still some great light, I ended up wandering around the hotel.
I asked these people if I could take their photo by just pointing to my camera and they were happy to pose.
A guard on duty at the palace which was located beside our hotel. I also asked him if it was ok for me to take his photo.
One of the streets near the hotel.
Next up, Sintra.