Our dear friend, Grazielle Favretto, experimented with us a different way to get to know the city. A traveling blogger, Grazi participated in the peddy paper that we organised. So, she let us know her experience and what she thinks about it. Now, how about discovering Coimbra with Fora da Rota?
A different and a more fun way to discover the city
Imagine getting to know a city and all its historical details through a game full of enigmas that stimulate the imagination and guide you through the streets to find answers to well formulated questions? Pretty neat, right?
Well, it was like this how I re-discovered Coimbra. Through peddy paper from Fora da Rota Tours. Last week I was in Coimbra and, although not my first time in the city, I was able to re-visit places that not long ago were just streets, and now they have become important places of historical importance. Guided by the scripted questions, the peddy paper, almost like a game, made me learn much more about the culture of this city filled with stories and corners which unraveled easily and cheerfully.
On a lovely cloudy morning, that ended up in a sunny day, there we were, in the historical centre, with appropriate shoes, equipped with water and lots of energy to start. We received our ´script´, a short explanation on how everything will be, and our little flyer/peddy paper, then we began. We had a story, a main theme, a character with his own characteristics and more than twenty questions to be answered, and things to be discovered around the city.
Walking on the streets, we were guiding ourselves by the tips on orientation, reading the stories and finding the next way and monument that was meant to be discovered. The funny thing is that this way we managed to learn about the place itself. Then the questions made us think about the reasons why some of the things were there, and help us create as well an incredible photographic memory. Now, me and my partner have memorised much more the things we have learnt in Coimbra!
And, at the end, there are more surprises!
Who is excited and willing to discover cities like this, with the help of enigmas and stories? We share here our experience and recommend the peddy paper of Fora da Rota Tours!! :))
Translation by Ioana Bota
Note: Are you wondering what a peddy paper is? The word sounds English but you can’t find in a dictionary. To make it simple, it’s kind of a treasure hunt in which a group follows an itinerary and answers to questions or has to do a task according to the place they have to stop. A fun way to discover the culture and history of a city!