Bicycle Museum - Ceramics shop
The Bicycle Museum opened up at 10am, we were there within the half hour. The entrance is free. A very nice girl gave us a lot of info on the museum and even helped us out with info of the surrounding area and events going on. Since we were the only visitors, she walked along with us and allowed us to take photos at the end. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to movies, movie posters, film equipment. Lots on the American Classic movies and actors, which is what they were able to see before the 1960's here in Portugal.
The bike collection had a large range of different bikes including a tandem bike which both riders had control of the steering ( it did not work out well) .
Lots of history of the Portuguese riders in Le Tour, La Vuelta de Espana and Giro di Italia as well as their own national competitions.
From the bike museum we walked over to the ceramic shop and the ceramic museum. At the shop we bought 2 very nice looking candle holders. The ceramic museum holds very valuable and beautiful pieces made by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, the famous artist and potter, that resided in Caldas for years. We were amazed by the ceramic tiles and other items in the old Quinta. The old home was a treat to visit to see the old style kitchen and rooms. We walked back into the park and at a Kiosk bought a couple of pastries and our usual espresso and Hot tea.
In the evening we went to the Festa Natal concert in the central area of town which was just a block from our hotel. AT 8pm all the Christmas lights for the city were turned on at the same time. The concert was a little crazy Rock and Roll some in Portuguese some in English. Now raining off and on we headed back to the hotel at about 11pm.
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