September 11 - Visit to Merida and transit to Vila Vicosa
On the bus at 9 with bags aboard. Alex
asked us to observe 4 minutes of silence to commemorate 9/11. Then we
were off to Merida, o of the most important Roman cities in Iberia. We
were met by Pamela again and went first to see the Roman amphitheater
and the Roman theater (083-087). Pamela gave good lectures on the ruins
and the way of life in roman times. Then we went across the street to
We got to Vila vicosa to find the Pousada
D. Joao IV, which turned out to be the star of all the hotels on our trip.
It is huge, a former convent, and incredibly furnished and decorated.
BMB took a quick nap and FDB went exploring. After finding the pool he
took a swim. The pool is wonderful but the water was cold. BMB was still
getting lost three days later. The room was great, and we again got a
best room by being up in the alphabet. Our patio was 9 ft x 30 ft and
served beautifully for drying laundry in the hot sun. After a while we
went to have a glass of wine at the patio shown in 116 and then we went
in to a very good dinner (tapas, vegetable soup, roast pork, sherbet in
a frozen orange). After dinner there was a piano recital (show tunes,
etc.) in the lounge (117). Very pleasant.