Coming Home, Part One
Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
45Trip End Apr 05, 2014
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To see the two smiling bright faces of your daughters when you step off the plane at 12:30 a.m. is the best for our very tired eyes. To have the hugs of your children that you have missed terribly, knowing in those arms they are saying, I am glad you are home! We arrived to our house, breakfast prepared for us and lunch for the next day, champagne and fresh orange juice, photographs hung on a banner handcrafted by the two of them with pictures of Tony and I over the past forty years. Very special indeed, we had a toast the four of us, we talked, it was the wee hours of the morning, we are very thankful indeed. I toast them.
When we decided to go to Portugal, we did not know who we would meet along the way
A phone call that came as a result of an ad in the Globe and Mail led us to Europa Travel, a family run travel agency in Newmarket. Tony spoke with Nancy who along with her husband are the second generation to provide what we will tell you is an incredible experience. From that first call with Nancy, Tony turned to me and said, this is the way to go. We discussed the options and left everything in Nancy's hands. All of the arrangements, our flight to Lisbon, our flight to the Azores, and our flight back to Toronto went without incident on SATA, the Portuguese Airline. Our opportunity to experience the Pousada, this glorious palace from another time. And truly Nancy, we enjoyed our little "rattler" who safely took us over 2500 km. We never would have thought to stop at the Azores, another part of our world that is steeped in history and that is so unique
I also would like to thank Nancy for trying to arrange a mushroom picking adventure for us. When I had mentioned our love of wild mushrooms in my blog, Nancy contacted a friend of hers that was living in the area and offered to take us picking. Unfortunately we had made other plans that day but we appreciated so much the time and effort put into trying to arrange this opportunity.
Nancy has also given us a new word "saudade". Yes Nancy we will long for Portugal, we are so happy to talk about this special country and it's people with a longing to return and see what we have missed. We look forward to seeing you again.