A long but a lovely day behind us in Serra d’Aire e Candeeiros natural park. Hiking in thyme fields, a cave visit (with one tiny bat hanging on the wall!), relaxing in a pool and a cooking course at our hotel followed by a good dinner.
The dinner menu included bread, olive oil and local cheese, a mushroom cappucino, home made pasta with vegetables and pesto and for the desert a chocolate lava cake with a passionfruit sorbet.
Boa noite – good night!
This is where we woke up on our first morning in Portugal, in Sintra village near Lisbon, surrounded by fig trees, mountains and castles. The breakfast brought to our rooms in a picnic basket. I almost started crying when I realized in what kind of place I had landed in the previous evening… and how soon I would have to leave.
But at least I get one more destination to my “Must come back”-list. Here are some pictures of our lovely stay.
In the morning we went to the local vegetable market and found also this little lovely flea market. Uzi was so excited to find four new wall phrames to his family picture collection.
The best way to explore the tiny streets of Sintra is by foot or in a horse carriage like we did.
Cooking with Virpi and Manuel Oliveira together with the Finnish au pair Sini and her friend Meri who came for a visit. Virpi and Manu run a B & B in addition to their other jobs. An amazing place with a lush garden surrounding it.
Virpi and the cute Danish dog Pandora.
Some jogging on the local beach with Manuel.
In the evening we dined in the old city in a small Tulhas Ba restaurant. Good, homestyle food. Lovely cheese, rice with duck (and not vice versa) and nice wines. Vinho verde was my new personal affection, the green wine that is Portuguese speciality. I will miss this place!
Do you have a list of places you’d love to return? I would love to hear!
Don’t miss this beautiful place if you are in North-West Greece! Meteora with its monasteries hanging just on the cliff edges, a Unesco world heritage site is a place to spend at least one whole day.
The history of Meteora reaches at least the 15th century. Then and long after one could reach the monasteries only on ropes or ladders. Now you can drive there by car.
I wouldn’t trust this cable car connecting between the monastery and the next mountain. This elevator is only for the monastery’s internal use. The guest have steps.
The monasteries open their doors on different days and hours so check the opening hours in advance. You can explore the area for free but the monasteries charge an entrance ticket of a couple of euros each.
More information on Meteora site.
Images: Ninarose Maoz and Jari Eiro