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Friday, December 09, 2005

Welcome to Caldas da Rainha


I would like to introduce you to a beautiful city that was founded around its healing waters. Queen D. Leonor suffered of some skin problems and as she was passing by a village saw some people bathing in the warm waters. People told her that the waters had some miraculous powers so the Queen decided to try bathing in those waters. After she left the fountains she felt great improvement and told her servants to go back “Tornemos!” she said. That means “Let us go back”. Today that same street is called “Tornada” and the thermal hospital (the first in Europe, founded by Queen D. Leonor), is attracting people from all over the world. By the way, the healing waters came from a sleeping volcano that’s under the town.
Next week I’ll be back with another story.

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