Friday, 22 June 2012

Launderette how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Day 59 20.06.12 Leiria
We were up and about early as the lady in the tourist info office had advised us of a launderette on the other side of town.  Having learnt from the mistakes of the last tourist office lady who directed us to a non-existent launderette, we decided to drive over.  Negotiating Leiria’s absurd one way system was quite a challenge but we got there in the end and sure enough it was a non-fictional launderette, hurrah!  We managed to fill up 4 washing machines of clothes and bedding.  I can’t explain how excited I am to have clean bedding and fresh towels again!

The wealth of washing took us a long time so instead of heading off to our next destination we got back in the crazy one way system and back to our car park.  We spent a bit of time in the van after that, re-arranging the damp clothes to dry them off in the hot sun.  We then headed off to a church on a hill on the other side of town to enjoy the views over the town, including of the awesome castle on the opposite hill.

There was a cute park on the way over where we spotted loads of fresh water shrimps, aren’t they cute?!  On the way back to the van we spotted a cheap shoe shop and both managed to pick up new trainers for a bargainous 15 euros each!  My trainers are literally falling apart, so its perfect timing.  On getting home Chris rustled up a yummy bolognese dinner and then we settled down to watch a  film in our freshly cleaned bed, bliss!  Leiria is a great little place, full of vivid colours and fantastic views.  We’ve very much enjoyed our couple of days here, particularly our time looking around the castle.  I’m really pleased we made the detour inland, it’s really been worth the trip.  

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