The worst food ever: Praça Velha
Eating in Praça Velha restaurant on Coimbra's Praça do Comercio was by far the stupidest idea we had on our holiday. Well, it happened on the very first day, if that is an excuse... We had just come back from our first walk through the centre and were looking for something to eat when one of the waiters beckoned us over and showed us the menu. The food didn't sound too bad, so we decided to stay - despite the fact that everything about this place looked exactly like the tourist trap it is. When we finally got the food, we were first of all surprised to see the huge size of the portions. So far, so good. Unfortunately, most of one's dish consisted of fat, bones or gristle. It was way too salty, the potatoes were completely dry, the salad was tasteless. But worst of all was the meat. I had ordered "leitão", which is pigling, and it was simply disgusting - huge chunks of slimy, fatty, boney somethings, not the slightest bit the way it could have tasted. Had I attempted to prepare the food myself from some remains I found on the street, I couldn't have done worse. My wife had goat meat, actually a Portuguese delicacy, which was much better than mine, but still disgusting. Oh, did I mention that pretty much all of our food was cold when it arrived at our table? The food was also overpriced. In short, don't go there. Or be prepared for some serious stomach trouble afterwards.
Non existing parking-places
I have really no idea why, but it seems like all people in Coimbra ows at least 5 cars each. And they love to park them everythere...
So make sure you have plenty of time when visiting the city, because you'll need about an hour to find a place to put your car...
After driving around for about half an hour, getting more and more lost for each minute that past by, we finally found ourselves up in a villa area, where we more or less parked on someone's private parking...
Well, it worked in Lisbon, and it worked in Coimbra. Thankfully not too many parking guards out during the Euro 2004 apparently. :)
- Road Trip
Now I don't think we're going to drift very far in our egg-boat. Portugal dos Pequenitos is full of these strange spray painted egg halves that are yellow inside. They sit on top of buildings and structures. Now what kind of bird layed these monstrous eggs?
I would not recommend jumping into an egg. They are flimsy, and the water we are in is gated off. Hence, we SHOULD have kept out.
Sorry I am too mischevious to resist.
watch out for these big boys, i've taken a fond liking to them. I tried to climb up into his arms and take a nap, but the security guard made me get down.
the statues at Portugal dos Pequenitos are very fun to take photos with.
Don't spend too much time on VT
C'mon, admit it. Most of us VTers are internet junkies, but don't spend all of your time surfing the web when you're traveling. Internet cafes are great places to keep in touch and check in with VT and Coimbra has some good places. This one is located on Avenida Sa de Bandeira.
In general Coimbra is safe...
In general Coimbra is a safe city, i've never had any problem. It's resonable safe to go anywhere anytime but, as a precaution avoid Jardim da Sereia after 20:00... at night it is frequented by addicts. During the day it's ok to go there and appreciate its beauty. It's located in front of Praça da República.
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