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The saint – day of São João

June 24, that’s today – the Sunday of Saint John. It’s an old acquaintance, especially for people who have something to do with catholicism, because he’s not only a party animal, but also holy. Holy day – holiday – vacation!

The special day of São João, just after the longest day of the year

We’ve already heard many stories about São João. In the past, when this was a real thermal spa resort with a doctor and a reception and a cleaning team for the baths, it was the official opening of the season.

The day you could bathe in the three thermal baths for free. Termas-da-Azenha, 500 meters further Termas do Bicanho and 500 meters further Termas da Amieira. The latter have since fallen into still fairly attractive ruins, where the municipality of Soure has created a small swimming pool. With that special medicinal spa water.

That pool is very popular. On hot days it is very crowded with portuguese people who enjoy eating and chatting, and of course merging themselves in the medicinal water. The water of Amieira is almost the same as ours.

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Five hundred meters away is Bicanho, an abandoned complex with barracks-like buildings

When we first came here, 20 years ago, it was said that there was a new owner, who first wanted to try to sell it for a nice profit. If that wouldn’t work, then he’d make a spa resort out of it himself.

It was also offered to us, but we were more interested in the third one: Termas-da-Azenha

We didn’t like the barracks-like-look of Bicanho, but yes the idyllic village-like-look of Azenha.

On the day of St. John the bath season was officially opened. That had an enormous attraction. People came by train, walking, with their donkey carts and a few with the car. We are talking about the early 80s, almost 40 years ago.

Everyone was allowed to take a bath everywhere for free, and then it was party time

The Portuguese do that very well: festivities. Do not underestimate the importance of festivities! That makes beautiful stories, happy faces and good memories.

In our salão, the big room in the bathhouse, there were a few people with those typical Portuguese guitars, perhaps a harmonica and clappers, and the rest were dancing.

They also sang there, and since the hall has an opera-like accoustique, that’s sounded fantastic!

I would love to travel back in time, preferably with an invisibility cloak, to secretly have a peek to see this delightful crowd. No worries in the world, away with everyday life, just singing out loud and dancing.

A few years ago I was at a concert by Mariza, who suddenly came here in Soure at your fair (very special, such a big star – Mariza has even been a guest at David Letterman!), where everyone around me sang along. They can still do it. And where we northerners start hesitating after a few sentences, they know everything from beginning to end.

I look forward to the future – as soon as there is a time machine, I really want to go back. To sing and dance with the crowd

Have a nice day y’all! Bless São João!

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque and mini golf, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is going to be a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

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Mineral water, source of all life

“If we take away a T here, and put a T there, with a stop there, then I think it will work,” I say while I point out everything. Broes watches, you can see him think, and eventually he agrees. His mother is not as crazy as he thought.

No, I was not talking about the high Tea, which we have every afternoon (haha) but about the pipes in order to replace the pump. The plumber has no time in the coming month, so we will have to do it ourselves.

The canalizador is a very nice man and he knows his way with water

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We have an excellent arrangement. I call him, I say that we’re not in a hurry, he comes when it suits him. But if we are in a hurry, he’ll drop everything and come right away.

We’re rarely in a hurry. But of course, you can’t leave your guests without water, can you? It happened once in the past that something was wrong with the system, and I really didn’t know what was wrong. I didn’t have as much experience as I do now. That makes a difference.

And then he was here, at 8 o’clock in the morning, and solved it. By the time the first guests woke up (luckily about everyone wants to sleep longer in the holiday) it was done. Nothing more to worry about.

An everyday hero

Now we’re not in a hurry either. The old pump is just worn after 10 years, and no longer pumps. The system has been invented and implemented by volunteer Ardy, long ago, and it still works. Again praise, Ardy!

It is up to us now to replace that one. Never done it, but I’ve worked with water enough to know, that it always remains a very annoying hole. And that is not allowed.

Water must stay in the tap. Period

It is not called tap water for nothing. Although … our water is spring water – so you can’t say that, really. According to the same logic, you should say … water must be in the spring. Period. Hm.

Well, let’s leave this logic for now …

Pure medicinal mineral water. A blessing for your skin and intestines, but a disaster for your devices. This pump has lasted a long time!

Here we are, with everything we think we need neatly spread out on the table

We make an inventory, we need some more T’s and pieces. Fine, I’ll go to the store.

“Ask for a flexible supply hose”, says Broes when I’m about to leave. I answer:  “Yes, well, I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that – yes, I know, that doesn’t mean anything, but I give you a very small chance. Zero point zero one or something. “

And I drive away.

But: my son was right. They do have flexible connection hose. Did I know that! Now it will surely be a piece of cake.

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque and mini golf, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

Each week a little blog about what is happening around us. An easy read. A few minutes in another world. A little about what it going on in Portugal. If you plan your holiday to Portugal, it might be a nice preparation. We have some nice special offers on our site.

You can subscribe to this blog:

 

You’ll get it every weekend in your mailbox.

On Sunday morning we publish it on our Facebook Page, on Google+, on Pinterest, and on monday on LinkedIn.

 

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