Figuring it all out...

Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
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Trip End Apr 05, 2014


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Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Monday, March 3, 2014

The sun is shining and the house is warm, we think we are rested and ready to tackle supplies. We have had a snack, devouring the airlines cookies, our welcome basket and all beverages available to us. We have to face it....we have got to go out and move that car! 

We were happy to see the car still on the hill, but more importantly, nobody was parked near us. With standard transmission the car rolls forward before it gets enough power to reverse. We decide we will park at the top and carry things down to our place when we return and point ourselves in the other direction. Tony is trading in this car for another (no oomph and the noises coming out if sound, well, not so good). Off we go to the village in "The Rattler". 

We parked near a local cafe that was mentioned to us, where "Paulo" speaks English. Nice man who directed us behind his cafe/bar to a restaurant for lunch; "Refugio do Ciclista" run by some local ladies. To our surprise we find a bustling room filled with long tables and benches, most of which were occupied. The walls are covered with framed news articles and the shirts of cyclists who are obviously locals and winners. We pass by a cooler on our way to a seat on the far side, not understanding its purpose or the routine of lunch prep. As soon as we sit, a bottle of red wine and a bottle of 7-Up are plunked down in front of us and two tumblers. We nod our heads in acceptance and manage to learn that there are three choices today, beef, mixed grill and kabobs. Sides are chips, egg or rice. We missed the soup or salad part. I chose beef, Tony mixed grill and both of us chips. We realize while sipping our wine that some people are seeing what is available today in the cooler and placing their order at that point, then sitting down. They are on their lunch break and not lingering like some of us. 

We were observers! Some drank full tumblers of red wine, others drank half red half 7 Up. If you wore a tie, you tucked it inside your shirt in case of a spill. I guess it is easier to clean the shirt than a tie. We pegged the man in the suit as the mayor or an undertaker. His Mercedes parked outside was very pretty very very shiny and so out of place. Lunch was good, the olive oil and garlic drizzle over everything made even the fresh cut fries just that much better. Dessert choice, chocolate mousse, pudding or fruit salad, rounded it all up. I took the fresh fruit salad,  and Tony the mousse. It was great! All you can drink and a three course meal came to a whopping 6 euros each! What a deal! We will return, I am sorry I don't have my camera with me.

We head to the next village to the grocery store, a tiny, tiny spot. Fruit and veggies are outside and inside the place is packed to the rafters with STUFF. Two aisles, room for one person in each aisle, we hold our hand baskets in front. It is just like driving a car in Portugal, if someone else comes along, you pull over or back up and hold your breath till they pass. No carts here. We manage to get some basics but realize we will need to be heading to an even bigger village tomorrow. When I return to this place for quick things I will take a photo! The butcher in town is closed today and everything shuts down for lunch. Lunch can be anytime and for as long as you want it seems. People all are very friendly, relaxed, love to chat and will try their English out when given the opportunity.

We decided to take another drive to familiarize ourselves. We drove through Sintra yet again and retraced our steps on arrival.  You know they were not the "exact steps" but close! What Tony remembered seeing, I didn't, and vice versa, but we managed. We also took a jaunt to one of the beaches at Praia da Adraga where the surf roars in. It was incredible, the photos you see were taken from my iPod so do not do it justice but will give you an idea. We will return.

Another great day ended with a walk around the property, some wine and risotto, a movie on the DVD - "Majestic"  with Jim Carrey. The risotto, well I had to be creative. I had the rice, onion, garlic, chicken broth and bacon. The cheese was from our welcome basket, a mild goat cheese, a tomato and lettuce. It was good and we are tired, trying to catch up still! Lights out. Until tomorrow,

Janie

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Comments

Judy on

Won't take you long to become 'locals'. Loving the blogs

montcalmk
montcalmk on

It feels so good when I get up early to know I have your update to read while I have my coffee. Quite an adventure so far!

Deb on

What a beach! Can't wait to see more of the hill and the villages.

Jennie on

How lovely to see pictures that don't have snow in them!
Your adventure sounds so wonderful already... :)

Pat G. on

I'm envious. I am enjoying your story. I can picture the places you are visiting through your words.

Katie on

Oh man I can smell that beachy air.... can also picture you guys naming 'the rattler' love it!

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