Around Obidos

From Obidos, we "radiated" out to nearby places -- the monastery at Alcobaça, the old spa town of Caldas da Rainha and seaside Sao Martinho do Porto.
pt13 092412010 j  We read that there was a market at Caldas da Rainha ("Queen's Spa"), so we went there, And there was. pt13 092412030 j  Nice old buildings at the Praça da Republica pt13 092412260 j  No idea what this was -- sort of an abandoned theme ride pt13 092412320 s  Pretty
pt13 092413081 s a  One day, we drove up to São Martinho do Porto. pt13 092413300 s a  A large, almost enclosed bay with a vast beach pt13 092413440 s  View north from the northern point encircling the bay pt13 092413451 s  Fishermen setting off ... to where?
pt13 092414000 j  Way off over there is the New World, and the Portugese sailed around it. pt13 092415441 s  Himself at the beach pt13 092415480 j  Herself at the same beach pt13 092416030 s a
pt13 092416061 s aa  Dunes pt13 092513120 j  It rained the day we visited the huge Cistercian monastery at Alcobaça on a trip from Óbidos. The  monastery was founded in 1153. The church was finished in 1252, but the present facade dates from 1725. pt13 092513251 s  Inside, it is simple, as you expect from Cistercians, but very high and very impressive. pt13 092513300 s  Iimpressive columns in the largest church in Portugal and one of the most vertical.
pt13 092513391 j  Ornately carved tomb of Dom Pedro, king from 1357 to 1367, pt13 092514041 s  Beautiful cloister pt13 092514051 j  Chapter House pt13 092514080 s  Monks' Hall
pt13 092514101 j  Huge hood or chimney in the kitchen