Monday, May 26, 2008

Coimbra

After our trip to Tomar we continued North to the city of Coimbra, the old former capital of Portugal.
Coimbra is probably best known for the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest Universities in the world. The cloudy sky, ancient architecture, and students dressed in black capes all added an errie mood to the place. I seriously felt like I was at Hogwarts. Wait...is that Harry Potter?! It turns out that the academic costume of the students at the University is a black suit and cape used on special occasions. Graduation just happened to be going on the day we were there.
The buildings and statues at this University were centuries old! The school was founded by King Dinus (the guy depicted in the statue), in 1290.
I had the Harry Potter theme song stuck in my head as I was walking around. Don't get me wrong, this place was totally cool... but it creeped me out a little bit. After visiting the University we headed into town. The streets of Coimbra are beautiful... and quite narrow.Hubby was driving the big van through these ultra narrow streets when... uh oh! He drove over some steps and got STUCK!He couldn't back out because of the huge bump in the cobblestone street and he couldn't go forward because of the steps.
A bunch of French tourists watched us freaking out and trying to figure out how to get out of this mess. The man on the left, with the baguetts in his backpack drinking soda, was amused by our situation and stood there the whole time watching. At one point he suggested "why don't you have people help you lift the car?" which we thought of in the first place, but he didn't even offer to help and just watched as us 3 girls and a random old man helping us pick up the van as hubby stepped on the gas. The lazy man with the baguettes was our hot topic as we laughed on the drive all the way home. What is a road trip without a little adventure and a funny story to tell?

4 comments:

meesh said...

what? no food in this post. boo

lina said...

haha... It really looks as if you stepped into a Harry Potter movie!

Rosie said...

What beautiful pics and thanks for sharing :)

Rosie x

rosieposielo said...

hehehe... funny anecdote. Great pics! I got hungry just looking at the food ones.

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