Ines and Leonor baptism party
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Ines and Leonor baptism party

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A: Rural house on "Trás-os-Montes" - northern Portugal

by Manuel Teles, 1.3 km away

Family eating dinner on a contry house on "Trás-os-Montes" - northern Portugal

Rural house on "Trás-os-Montes" - northern Portugal

B: Javali Restaurant

by Manuel Teles, 3.6 km away

Javali Restaurant. Typical north Portugal food

Javali Restaurant

C: Javali Restaurant

by Manuel Teles, 3.6 km away

Javali Restaurant. Typical north Portugal food

Javali Restaurant

D: Qta. das Covas

by Manuel Teles, 5.6 km away

Qta. das Covas

E: S. Francisco church

by Manuel Teles, 5.8 km away

S. Francisco church

F: Picnic area at the Braganca castle

by Manuel Teles, 5.9 km away

Picnic area at the Braganca castle

G: Braganza castle - elevated pole viewpoint

by Manuel Teles, 6.0 km away

Braganza castle - elevated pole viewpoint

H: Feira Medieval Panorama Final

by Manuel Teles, 6.0 km away

Feira Medieval Panorama Final

I: Medieval recreation

by Manuel Teles, 6.0 km away

Medieval recreation

J: The Port Winetour

by Manuel Teles, 6.0 km away

The Port Winetour

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