|this is my love...taking me on my practice trip!|
Let's talk bathing suits.
The first time that Steve and I explored the beach I was amazed. Among the young girls with beautiful bodies, there were DOZENS of women my age in two- piece bathing suits and bikinis. There is no way to say this delicately…these were very large women in two- piece bathing suits. They strolled along the beach and boardwalks without cover-ups feeling no shame. And…NO ONE stared with judgment in their faces. Just think of the freedom from NOT CARING! Gee, just like in the U.S. (Not quite!!!)
|hopefully these unsuspecting women will not read this blog|
I thought..should I?? Could I??? My darling, wonderful husband (this is the "love" part of living in Portugal) told me he loved my body and yes, I should also buy a two piece bathing suit. I figured..who would see me??? Why not?? Fortunately for me and for my readers, there are no pictures of this. (My US friends most definitely would have been judgmental! Besides, there is enough to laugh at just seeing me eat all the food here!) So yes, now I am one of these glorious women who say the hell with all those anorexic models and hooray to all those Rubenesque women of the past! The beach in Estoril was wonderful and although the water was way too cold to take a dip, I have a very brown belly and I feel great!
|castle on Tamariz Beach|
|a very crowded beach in the mornings|
Many people went in to the cold Atlantic, but having lived in Florida for 25 years and in Arizona for 15 years, I did not feel brave enough to even get my toes wet. Swimming in my warm pool is one of the things I miss about home. Still, it is a small thing to give up!
It's all about friends!
On September 7th, our friends Ron and Linda Felton arrived. They are our first guests. Ron and Linda are now expats living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, so they were the perfect "first guests" as they are experts at exploring new places.
|Ron and Linda|
|HELP!!!!!!!! Don't leave me!!!!|
After catching our breath we headed off to the Pena National Palace , a beautiful romantic building that sits at the highest point of Sintra. I think my six- year old granddaughter, Lexie, dreams about living in such a place. No matter where your eye travels you will see architectural wonders and surprises both inside and out. (Although I am posting pictures and talking little about the history, you need only to put your cursor over the underlined words in the blog to find its history.)
|call a real estate agent, Linda. I'm moving in!|
Beautiful tiles, azulejos, line both walls and ceilings of this magnificent building. It is surprising, warm and bright throughout, and I easily pictured myself living here. Why aren't I????
|I want to entertain in this room!|
It was the end of a very long and hot day and it has become routine to just collapse with exhaustion and nap for a good hour. Oh wait, my friend Ron says he never naps so I snuck up on him to capture this "once in a lifetime" snooze.
|outside Castelo Sao Jorge|
|drinking Ginjinha (sour cherry liqueur)|
|the lovebirds at the Castelo Sao Jorge|
|Linda at one of Lisbon's many wonderful markets|
|A VERY important man with his girls!|
|Can't live without my Starbucks!|
|Friends. Different but SO much alike!|