Portugal 11 May: Vila Real - Mirandela

a hot day in the "Trás-os-Montes" sierra

We started our day with a warm welcome in the "Morgado de Mateus" primary school.

The kids got excited by the arrival of the runners.

They greeted us with flags and balloons.

Under a perfect sunny morning-sky we introduced the Peace Run...

...we were presented with "Peace Flowers"...

The teachers were as happy as their students...

Thank you "Morgado de Mateus" for the warm welcome!

Who's the cherry "thief"?

... the walls of the next school were embellished with drawings and poems...

A corridor of smiling faces paved our path into the school...

They were dressed for the day...

...three beautiful little birds...

The kids performed a beautiful Peace choreography in the school garden...

...then we gathered with the kids inside for a soulful moment...

... the cheating penalty - 10 push-ups!

... our song in action ...

Yaohoouu!

The principal and the teachers didn't miss the chance to hold the torch together.

...holding rose and flame!

We really loved the sweetness of the primary school "n3 of Vila Real". Thank you!

Birds were released before we left the school to give us good luck for our journey. The city sent a whole truck!

The temperature went up while we ran to the next meeting...

..."Regimento de Infantaria 13" received the torch...

The Commander greeted us with kind words.

Special thanks to our police escort for their cheerful support!

Peace and Love for everyone: Rodrigo Flores, 4 years old, from Vila Real"

...we arrived at the primary school n6 of Vila Real...

...we got a happy faces...

... the kids listen very attentively to Ricardo's words...

...some balloons popped from time to time...

Goga received a lot of painted flags...

Teachers offered their wishes for peace.

Thank you for the fun!

...then the kids ran around the school...

At the primary school "Abade de Moucós", the children showed us the way to our next presentation place...

We played some guessing games...

... and they guessed all the runners' countries right...

...but some were cheating...

... then came the Harmony Run Song...

...sharing the torch...

We are very grateful for the joy you gave us!

... specially while running on the sport field.

...meanwhile the temperature went up again. Not bad for beginning of May...

...but the sun brightened the landscape colors, and we enjoyed a wonderful run trough the "Trás-os-Montes" sierras.

The olive oil of the region is one of the topmost rated of all Southwest Europe.

...butterflys where watching us from their wild flowers seats...

We approached Mirandela!

Local runners joined us at Mirandela's bridge and ran with us trough the city.

Over five hundred kids were expecting us...

The Peace Run Anthem was played at our arrival by a huge orchestra.

The mayor greeted us very warmly and received the torch...

... then handed it to all the local institution's representatives...

...all the kids also got their individual moment with the Peace Flame...

More colored flags, but this time with peace poems written on them.

...older kids were also allowed to join the party...

All our gratitude for the fantastic welcome in Mirandela!