Friday, 12 March 2010

Portuguese View

 I know motorway service stations have to be sited somewhere and thankfully, some are sited with a wonderful view of nature like this one. This was the view from the services at Vila Velha de Ródão yesterday. I was en route to Lisbon, taking S. to the airport for another week in England.

It is refreshing how much wilderness still exists in Portugal. In England we know that any land not in private hands is managed by National Parks, Forestry Commission, National Trust, English Heritage et all. Here, I suppose ultimately someone owns all the land but nobody seems to mind if you wander over it, provided livestock and crops are respected. You don´t have to go very far to find places no person ever visits. Thanks to this winters´ high rainfall, there are many deep river valleys too, like this one.
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