In one of the last weekends I had a visit from a friend at my house. He never went to Ponte de Lima, so me and my boyfriend went to show him, since we had to go to Arcos de Valdevez, which is near Ponte de Lima. This village is the oldest one in Portugal, created even before Portugal was an independent kingdom, in 1125. It’s a special place for me, because it was one of the first places I went with my boyfriend when I went to meet his parents. It’s also very beautiful, that’s why I like it. Ponte de Lima is also special to me because I went there and slept there while I did the Camino, last year. And when I was having my Erasmus experience, my mother met this village and got excited about it. So I knew my friend would also like to discover it, and I was right.
We just spent an afternoon walking around the historic center. We went to the tower that used to be a women’s prison and we even saw a cell’s door dated from 1812. We also went near the river that the Romans thought it was the river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. Júnio Bruto crossed the river to show their soldiers that it wasn’t the river Lethe and when he got to the other side he screamed the names of his soldiers to prove they were wrong. This legend is portraited on the two sides of the river, with Roman soldiers.