Saturday, July 31, 2004 8:30am, Portugal
Missed last night, so up early this morn. Have to walk down to the 2,000 year old fig tree when I’m done here.
We’re now back at Monte Branco. Took advantage of our last mon sans kids. Yesterday had breakfast over looking the hills again. Before we left we got the key to the chapel and bull ring (only used at Easter). Turns out it is the oldest in Portugal 17xx perhaps. There were horses stabled there, along with the mandatory dogs to greet you.
It was very interesting seeing all the corrals and rigging for moving the doors etc.
Sitting here fending off ants. They are incredibly invasive. The powder from Jane works wonders. The goat bells are ringing non stop right now – sounds like a large wind chime.
After bullring, we headed back here. M & GL are heading out on Saturday (their anniversary) for 3 nights @ a Pousada. Saint Isabel that we saw in Estremoz. They then have their last 3 nights booked right in Lisbon (smaller place – Green shutters or something – I need to get the name).
Mike hopes to get more film in Evora today – he got 2 rolls of slide film in F da F – see if he can get it here).
Boys chose to stay back and munch for lunch. We took M&GL for lunch – local in S.Pedro do Corval. Mike and I had rabbit – very tasty (50E for all 4).
Then to Regeungos for shopping 44E? Back for a dip in the pool, game of cribbage (I won just) and then to Monsarez for dinner – unfortunately Alcaiede in closed for vacation till August 7 – no dessert (almond torte) and no dinner for us there!
We tried No Torno instead – ok, very large portions. Kyle (and Pat) are tired of the same meal selection – bata frita, grilled or baked meat, rice. Kyle wants pizza as soon as we are home – should get more (35E). Variety in Sintra/Lisboa I expect.
After dinner Mike took some more photos, we returned for liquors by the pool and chatted with Jane. She has had many travel adventures also. Machu Picchu and the amazon before it was popular.
We slept in the small room last night. Mikes legs hung out the end of his bed about a foot! Tonight we steal the double back for sure.
Today we plan to head to Evora – pack a picnic I think. Have to see M&GL off however, so hopefully we got away at a reasonable time.