Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Day Ten: Sintra, Pena Palace, Quinta de Regaleira, and Cascais

Day ten was spent on a guided tour with Gabriel from Wonder Vans. Great day! The morning was foggy but cleared up nicely. We started at Pena Palace.

More than fifty percent of the world’s cork is from Portugal. At the Pena Palace there is a chalet with cork trim. Look closely below.

The gardens at the Palace are amazing!

Next up was a wine tasting at Celeiros where we tried all kinds of port. Here we are with Gabriel. 

Next up was Quinta da Regaleira. Look for Steve...

Read more about it if you wish, but the Masons built an initiation well we walked through. Very interesting. 

Next up was lunch at Refugidio Cyclisia where we had a traditional Portuguese lunch. I had sheep cheeks. We all had fries and a mouse we added some digestive alcohol to that made it yummy. 

Off to Cabo da Roca which is the western most point of Europe. 

Last stop was Cascais which is pronounced “cash-cash” because it has many rich people. I would love to return (where I could meet a bachelor with lots of cash-cash). 

We transverse back to Lisbon and hit the streets again. We first stopped at what has become our local spot where we had some bread (€2) with two tiny pieces of butter for €3. What? Overall though, prices are very reasonable in Lisbon. 

Next door to the €3 butter is a woman that sells ginja outside her home for €1. I need that gig. 

We jumped on the No. 28 Tram and ended up in the city center where the guy proceeded to tell us the tram was done for the night. Oh well.

We stopped to have a ginja at the place where it apparently first started, a tiny storefront. 

Lisbon is beautiful at night. 

We walked back to our neighborhood where I got a nice salad and chicken pie. Steve not so much. 

Tomorrow is our last full day on this adventure. At dinner we were talking about how time has gone so fast, and yet so slow. We both asked one another with hesitation, “are you sick of me yet?” and both our answers were “no”. Steve has been a great travel buddy - our instincts have proved to be correct. 

Although I miss my girls, and my body could use some rest, I wish I could do this for longer. 

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