Coimbra, Portugal

AsΒ  expected this trip has been full on and not much time to post anything. Also very tired at end of today. We are at Coimbra, Portugal on the way to Lisbon. You will need to google it if inerested. Today we had free time from 12 :30 through the evening. I actually got to sleep 2 hours this afternoon so feel good enough to pop up a post.

We did a city tour this morning. There is an old (1700s) university here and we got to visitt the library. So fascinating. A couple of floors of very old books but no photos allowed on upper floor but could take some on the lower floor.

They have a first edition Shakespeare copy of Hamlet. The walls are 2 meters thick and to get rid of silverfish eating these old tomes they have a couple of openings in the wall to let in tiny bats that live here. I saw them flying around my hotel window last night. The bats fly into the library and eat the silverfish. All the old wooden tables are covered up nightly and a cleaner comes in each morning to clean up bat droppings. The library is still used by researchers and PhD students.

After that we walked around the touristy area of the city, heading down hill towards the river and back to our hotel. Here are a set of miscellaneous photos.

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Knick knacks
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Man at the table next to us at cafe
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Loved my hot chocolate cup.
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Street art.
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Street entertainer. He was hilarious.
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Founder of university. Didn’t catch his name but like his scholarly look.
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Penguin found some stationery at the university
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Library where photos were allowed.

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Author: TravellinPenguin

I live a retired life in Tasmania, Australia. I love books, travel, animals, photography, motor biking and good friends. I indulge in all these activities with the little Travellin' Penguin who has now shared four continents with me. We love book shops, photography walks and time with friends as all our family is in USA and Canada. I enjoy visitors to my blog so hope you'll stop by.

5 thoughts on “Coimbra, Portugal”

  1. Excellent photos of Coimbra, Pam.
    Especially like the library at the University.
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  2. it’s great seeing your photographs! it looks like it’s quite mountainous there; fabulous collection of books! my mouth is watering…

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