Because of my sudden exit due to health issues with my daughter, I realized this diary of my trip is incomplete. First, Annie has improved and although not completely well, she is on her way to recovery. So now is the time to recall some very special moments of our stay that I neglected in previous blogs.
In early November we were visited by our very dear friends from Tempe, Bonnie and Dave. They were the perfect guests who were willing to do and go to all our favorite spots in Lisbon. They got numerous hugs and kisses from Maria and we took them to meet Assim and Mohammad. How could I not show them the people that made me love Lisbon?
We would have been remiss had we not gone to Sintra. Steve and I had been there three previous times and although I was not anxious to go again...I couldn't NOT show this place to my friends. THERE ARE MANY STAIRS TO CLIMB!!!! Plus, I knew that once again I would be climbing the walls of the fort whose height scared the heck out of me.
|I was flanked by Steve and Bonnie in fear I would have a panic attack|
|She LOOKS brave but she was huffing and puffing from all those steps!|
If I had to pick the one place that I enjoyed showing visitors I would have to pick the Mosteiro dos Jerominos in Belem. The sheer expanse and grandeur of both the church and the monastery is phenomenal and I never tired of taking anyone there to visit. There is a peacefulness about the place and the best part is the story of the monks who baked the pasteis de natas to raise money for the monastery. It is thanks to them that I gained the five pounds while in Lisbon. Bonnie and Dave also had no problems enjoying these delectable pastries.
|I will be learning how to make these taste treats!|
|me and my BF|
|I was trying to wave like the Queen...I don't think I pulled it off|
|the shoes were a tad too high...and maybe a bit ostentatious!|
We really had a fantastic time. We laughed, played endless hours of Wizard ( a card game I never won except for that night), ate very well and we were very sad when they left to continue their voyage cruising back to the states. They were definite 10's as houseguests!
|Four very tired friends|
One of these days I will put all my pictures in an album (as promised) but for now...her are a few of my favorite friend and family pictures that were not included in prior blogs.
For now...this blog is on hold. Steve and I are hoping to spend his next sabbatical back in Portugal...the place we most love to be. So, 18 months from now..watch out Maria...Assim and Mohammad...I WILL BE BACK!
|Linda and me on the castle wall|
|With Robert in Praca Figueira|
|with Helen at the Monastery Jeronimos|
|Helen and Steve at the Graca Miradour|
|I was asking him to "rate" the vacation from 1-10|
|My wonderful friend Dave enjoying natas in Belem|
|Bonnie and Dave at the Monastery|
|Enjoying a duplo bica|
|pasteis de nata with uma bica|
|dessert at Chapitos|