Portugal - November 2018

We drove from Moraira to Toledo

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Bedded down for a night at the Eugenia de Montijo, in the centre of Toledo. Quite luxurious, but what else would a lad expect from the wife of Napoleon 3
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Explored the hilly town and treated ourselves to some marzipans, before being Knighted and then enjoying some nosh

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Then on to Amarante, some 50 k east of Oporto

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Here we bedded down in the Relais & Chateaux Casa de Calcada in the best room with covered balcony view's over the river & historic town
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Sumptious Michelin starred grub, even had our own copas

A day in Oporto at the Port Lodges

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First stop was Churchill's where we had a tour and then a Tasting of their older Tawnies
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Then to Graham's, another tour, and then a tasting of different age old Tawnies. Followed by lunch in their Vinum restaurant

Next day a drive round the Douro valley where all these grapes for Port are grown. We somehow managed to get below the radar this day- must have had too much port the previous day!

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Then back into Spain, and the Hacienda Zorita, 2 nights' luxury courtesy of 100 bottle tops of Berberana wine that the padres had quoffed

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The storks had flown, but we saw loads later on the way to Evora

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Well, the cell was a wee on the small side, but what does one expect in an old monastery!. And the view and our hats made up for it
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And the food and the tasting were great. Just the weather that left a little to desire, and we weren't even still in Portugal!

And finally we drove south and back into Portugal, and to Evora

 

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We stayed 2 nights at the Albergaria Do Calvario Hotel,& were soon bedded down after a fantastic welcome . Soon became friends with the resident sheep
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Wandered down to the Roman Baths, finding a yummy cafe nearby- my, those Pasteles de Nata were to die for- so we died a few times!, & so cheap.
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It was a great personal hotel with fantastic breakfasts. Somehow ? missed out on a good supper at a local Taberna. Then learnt about corks from Andrea
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A more than soft morning!, but found shelter in a cafe and learnt more. But somehow never saw the b;ack pigs that eat those acorns

Then a long drive back to Moraira, and sunshine. Sorry Corisande that the padres never took your photo once!

 

Boyzz Life in 2018