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Holiday to Portugal
19/31 August 2019
EDLP; Paderborn-Lippstadt LFLD; Bourges ESA; Salamanca LPSO; Ponte de Sor LPPM; Portimao LPSR; Santarem LPPN; Proenca LPVZ; Viseu LEBG; Burgos LEZG; Zaragoza LFRN; Rennes


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From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Bourges

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On Monday morning, August 19, 2019, Veleda and René drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport for the holiday trip to Portugal. We took the Cessna 182TR, a nice travel plane to fly across Europe. After take-off, we set course to Bourges in France.

We pretty much followed the same route as we had flown in last September when we came back from Portugal. After landing at Nevers, we fueled the plane, and then we went to the hotel that Veleda had booked in the meantime. We walked the historic centre of the town, and we visited the Bourges Cethedral.

Veleda at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Veleda at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Remagen
Remagen
Belleville Nuclear Power Plant
Belleville Nuclear Power Plant
Bourges Cathedral
Bourges Cathedral
Final runway 24 Bourges airport
Final runway 24 Bourges airport
Fueling at Bourges aerodrome
Fueling at Bourges aerodrome
Sights of Bourges
Sights of Bourges
Arrived at Bourges



From Bourges via Salamanca to Ponte de Sor

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The next morning after breakfast we went back to the aerodrome. We had filed a flight plan to Salamanca in Spain where we would fuel. The Portugese flight guide for Ponte de Sor said that there would be no fuel at Ponte de Sor, so we would have sufficient fuel to make some trips in Portugal already. Besides, we expected the fuel to be better priced at Salamanca than it would be in Portugal (which was not the case this time).

After take-off we first climbed to FL65. We passed Oradour-sur-Glane near Limoges that we had orbited in September after we visited Limoges (picture).

North-east of Bordeaux the cloud tops were at our flight level, and we requested to cross the Bordeaux-, and later the Biarritz-, airspace at FL100. The climb and crossing was approved. South of San Sebastian the Pyrenees mountains were mostly in clouds.

We continued our route, passing Vitoria, Burgos and Valladolid. At Salamanca we landed on runway 03, and taxied to the apron. We requested fueling, and in the meantime René paid the landing fees and filed the flight plan to Ponte de Sor.

Veleda and Rene
Veleda and René
Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour-sur-Glane
Dordogne river, Libourne
Dordogne river, Libourne
Irun, San Sebastian airport
Irun, San Sebastian airport
Mountains south-east of Burgos
Mountains south-east of Burgos
Final Salamanca runway 03
Final Salamanca runway 03


At Salamanca we received a clearance to take-off runway 03, a left turn out direct to BARDI (map) and a climb to FL80.

Halfway to Ponte de Sor we crossed the border with Portugal. We passed Castello Branco that we had visited in September, and then touched Spanish airspace again near the Cedillo dam on the border of Spain and Portugal. At Ponte de Sor we landed on runway 03.

On Wednesday we just relaxed in Ponte de Sor, from breakfast to luch to diner.

firefighting planes at Salamanca airport
firefighting planes at Salamanca airport
Cedillo dam
Cedillo dam
Final runway 03 Ponte de Sor
Final runway 03 Ponte de Sor
Rene at Ponte de Sor
René at Ponte de Sor



Round trip to Portimão

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On Thursday we made a trip to Portimão to visit Carla and Michael. They were on holiday in the Algarve. Carla and Michael picked us up at the aerodrome, and then we went to Silves. In Silves we had a nice lunch at the U Monchiqueiro restaurant that we had been before. In the afternoon Carla and Michael took us back to the Portimão aerodrome for the flight back to Ponte de Sor.

Verifying the fuel quantity
Verifying the fuel quantity
Final runway 11 Portimao
Final runway 11 Portimão
Arrived at Portimao
Arrived at Portimão
Fish for lunch
Fish for lunch



Round trip to Santarém and Proença-a-Nova

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On Friday we made a little flying trip in the neighborhood of Ponte de Sor. We first flew to Santarém. After a short flight we approached the aerodrome from the west for landing on runway 05. Two people were busy in one of the hangars. When we could not reach a taxi by phone, one of them took us to the town by car, which was nearby.

We walked the town, had a little something to eat and drink, and then we walked back to the aerodrome. Halfway the same person who took us to Santarém from the aerodrome passed by, and he took us further to the aerodrome by car.

Ponte Salgueiro Maia near Santarem aerodrome
Ponte Salgueiro Maia near Santarém aerodrome
Rene at Santarem aerodrome
René at Santarém aerodrome
Sights of Santarem
Sights of Santarém

We departed Santarém aerodrome from runway 23, and after leaving the traffic pattern we overflew Santaré town before heading to Proença-a-Nova to the north-east.

The name Proença-a-Nova means New Province, but the origin of the name is unclear. After landing at the aerodrome, we parked the plane near the Skydive club, where we had something to drink. Then we flew back to Ponte de Sor.

Final runway 31 Proenca aerodrome
Final runway 31 Proença aerodrome
Belver Dam in the Tagus river
Belver Dam in the Tagus river

On Saturday our son went flying for his flight training. Veleda and René stayed in Ponte de Sor town. When he returned, we picked him up at the aerodrome and then went to town for diner.



From Ponte de Sor to Viseu

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On Sunday we left Ponte de Sor for Viseu in the north of Portugal. It was about an half hour flight. After landing we parked the plane, and then we waited for the taxi to take us to the hotel in Viseu.

Departure from Ponte de Sor
Departure from Ponte de Sor
Mountains south of Viseu
Mountains south of Viseu
Viseu
Viseu
Arrived at Viseu aerodrome
Arrived at Viseu aerodrome
Viseu

The origins of the city of Viseu date back to the Celtic period. With its Romanization, the settlement gained importance, being at the intersection of a series of Roman roads linking Mérida, Lisbon, and Galicia.

Viseu is associated with Viriathus, since it is thought that the Lusitanian hero may have been born in this region. After the Roman occupation of the peninsula, under the Visigoths, the settlement was elevated to the status of city and to the seat of a diocese by at least the 6th century.

Viseu developed in a wooded and slightly uneven region, where the famous Dão vines grow. It is an important centre for agriculture and crafts (particularly black clay pottery). Renowned for its Renaissance painting school, the town, which boasts a well-preserved historical centre, houses the rich collections of the Grão Vasco Museum.

Sights of Viseu

Visiting Viseu



From Viseu to Burgos

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At 7:55 local time
At 7:55 local time
At 9:20
At 9:20
Rene before departure from Viseu
René before departure from Viseu
View of Viseu aerodrome after take-off
View of Viseu aerodrome after take-off
Left base runway 04 Burgos airport
Left base runway 04 Burgos airport
Veleda and Rene at Burgos airport
Veleda and René at Burgos airport
Sights of Burgos
Sights of Burgos



From Burgos to Zaragoza

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After take-off from Burgos we first flew to the mountains south-west of Burgos to have a peek on the restored Sad Hill cemetery (look here on YouTube to see what it is).

Departure from Burgos
Departure from Burgos
Sad Hill Cemetery
Sad Hill cemetery
Moncayo Massif west of Zaragoza
Moncayo Massif west of Zaragoza
Arrived at Zaragoza airport
Arrived at Zaragoza airport
Sights of Zaragoza
Sights of Zaragoza



From Zaragoza to Rennes

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Fueling operations
Fueling operations
Departure from Zaragoza
Departure from Zaragoza
Mountains north-west of Zaragoza
Mountains north-west of Zaragoza
Biarritz
Biarritz
Final runway 28 Rennes airport
Final runway 28 Rennes airport
Diner in Pont-Rean
Diner in Pont-Réan



From Rennes to Paderborn-Lippstadt

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Adding fuel in Rennes
Adding fuel in Rennes
Elbeuf, River Seine
Elbeuf, River Seine
Approaching runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Approaching runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt
Veleda and Rene at Paderborn-Lippstadt
Veleda and René at Paderborn-Lippstadt


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