Wow! Tomar seems incredibly small when you first arrive in the train (partly, to be fair, because it is small) but there is a lot of life here!

We honestly weren’t sure what all was here, but on our way to the hotel we spotted a beautiful looking park. So as soon as we checked in and got settled, it was the first place we decided to explore.

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It turned out to be much bigger than we thought! It centers on the Nabão River and includes not only gorgeous views of the city but several amenities such as a playground, paddle boats, a public pool, and even a soccer stadium with a track.

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There are several walking paths, some paved and some not. My personal favorite is one that runs straight through the middle of the water!

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There was a lot of wildlife here, including the normal park animals (ducks, frogs, fish, etc.), some swans, and a few strange looking aquatic birds. They’re some kind of geese or very large duck, though one of them had a nearly bald head like a vulture.

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After quite some time in the park, we headed back towards the hotel to check out the nearby streets. The architecture here is beautiful; each building is uniquely decorated in tiles and/or brightly colored paint, yet somehow it all flows together at the same time.

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See the castle just barely peeking out above the horizon? Yeah, that’s one of the main things we get to focus on tomorrow!

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Even the street signs here are decorated!

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This is a very common type of street both here and really throughout Europe. They’re narrow, often only about the width of a single car, but have a timeless sense to them. You can tell that, despite the modern life all around it, this place has been a street for hundreds of years.

Our comments winner today is…Madison S! Nice job! Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day, as it is our only full day in Tomar and we want to do several things, including exploring the entire castle, so be on the lookout for a lot of awesome photos and stories!

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