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Message 108189 - Posted: 22 May 2022, 15:50:34 UTC

Moved on, and arrived at the ancient University city of Coimbra:


rather like this


It's graduation day, and apparently the colours represent faculty. I was a student once, but we never did it like this!


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Message 108193 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 7:00:00 UTC

Why can nobody design a decent hotel shower?
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Message 108194 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 7:02:11 UTC - in response to Message 108193.  

Why can nobody design a decent hotel shower?


I find the issue is not so much that there are no decent ones (Though I have experienced some truly awful ones!) but that if you are moving around a lot, every single one has different controls and techniques needed to get the best out of them.
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Message 108195 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 7:25:28 UTC - in response to Message 108194.  

The latest one has two settings: "thunderstorm directly overhead" or "handheld wand". You can't use them both together.

'Thunderstorm' I can accept as a choice - not my preferred usage, but OK. The handheld wand has only one parking position: pointing 90 degrees from the wall, at about belly-button height. And it's fierce: I currently have the best power jet-washed belly button ever.
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Message 108197 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 7:40:14 UTC - in response to Message 108195.  

'Thunderstorm' I can accept as a choice
If it comes with electricity and water then please pass me by as a choice. But maybe it does wonders on your hair.
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Message 108198 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 8:24:13 UTC - in response to Message 108197.  

The shower room has both electricity and water - hallelujah. I can fill my travelling kettle and boil it in the same room. Not allowed in Britain. But it's safely separate from the actual shower - that uses hot water from elsewhere.
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Message 108199 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 10:31:16 UTC - in response to Message 108198.  

Most bathrooms have a grounded wall outlet so you can electric shave. I just meant, your "Thunderstorm" shower head, you don't want it to have the electricity coming out (lightning) while you shower. ;-)
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Message 108200 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 10:32:02 UTC - in response to Message 108193.  

I've encountered some really great hotel showers :-)
and some even worse than dire :-(
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Message 108203 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 15:24:08 UTC - in response to Message 108200.  

Here you go. Welcome to the navel jet wash.


The best I ever had was a tiny hotel in Paris, chosen because it was half way between the RER from the airport, and Gare Montparnasse for my train the next day. Just a stack of rooms, really, with room for a single chair for the porter at the bottom. The best all-over body wash - jets coming at you from all sides and all heights.
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Message 108204 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 15:35:06 UTC - in response to Message 108189.  

Found out today that the picture I took from the hotel roof (follow reply link) was the fabled Biblioteca Joanina itself. Vistted this morning - it lives up to the billing. No photography, unfortunately - even from the open doorway on the way out.
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Message 108206 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 16:59:37 UTC - in response to Message 108203.  

Here you go. Welcome to the navel jet wash.

.... The best all-over body wash - jets coming at you from all sides and all heights.

Would that be like a drive thru car wash experience without the car๐Ÿš—? ๐Ÿค”
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Message 108207 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 17:32:15 UTC - in response to Message 108206.  

Or with the car with the windows open.
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Message 108208 - Posted: 23 May 2022, 21:33:44 UTC - in response to Message 108206.  

Would that be like a drive thru car wash experience without the car๐Ÿš—? ๐Ÿค”
Pretty much, only without the spinning furry rollers. Adding those would have really made things interesting.
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Message 108231 - Posted: 25 May 2022, 19:35:28 UTC

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Created by street art collective MSCHF, this puzzle goes a step further than its popular One Million Dollar Puzzle by having not one, but two one-million dollar winners. Seriously: All you have to do is complete the 500-piece puzzle to have two shots at one million dollars.
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Message 108245 - Posted: 26 May 2022, 13:33:18 UTC

Exploring the Douro. This:


close as a pleasant shock to the system after:


So far, I've found the beer fridge (better than port for this time - and heat - of the day.
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Message 108300 - Posted: 1 Jun 2022, 20:38:44 UTC

Last lap. I think I ought to be able to find my way from hotel to station in the morning?


Mind you, it's not a patch on last night...


Back home tomorrow evening, all going well - and it's gone fantastically well so far. I'll fill in the gaps - assuming anyone wants me to - after a few sleeps and a few ales.
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Message 108301 - Posted: 1 Jun 2022, 20:49:38 UTC - in response to Message 108300.  

Get the sleeps in then tell us the gaps.
Looks like a great trip so far.
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Message 108302 - Posted: 2 Jun 2022, 10:39:28 UTC - in response to Message 108301.  

Well, it was going so well... Here I am, still at Gare du Nord, an hour and a half after I should have left. "Fatality near Lille" - I thought that was the English excuse. Still, they've bumped me forward to the first train out, and I'm onboard, baggage safely stowed. Just got the warning about the automatic closing doors....
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