Herdade do Esporao – Winery

    Today we were off to Herdade do Esporao a beautiful winery  in the Alentejo.  It was going to be an amazing day of learning, laughing, eating and drinking. A little bit of history - The winery was first established back in 1267.  We were told that no wine was produced until the 1990's.  They …

Capela Dos Ossos – Chapel of Bones Evora Portugal

Remember we were going to have an early cuppa on our deck?  Waking up to pouring rain put that on hold. We wandered down to the restaurant for an early breakfast.  I asked if there was anything gluten free.  I couldn't believe my eyes what they brought to my table.  Yummy gluten free croissant, Pasteis …

Evora Portugal

Our hotel in Evora the M'ar de Ar Aqueduto overlooked the Agua de Prata Aqueduct, a luxury hotel in a converted 16th Century Chapel. The Aqua de Prata built back in the 16th century  provided clean drinking water to Evora by connecting the city to the nearest constant flowing river, 9km to the north. The …

Lisbon to Evora via Setubal

We left Lisbon around 9am and would be heading to Evora Portugal where we would stay 2 days. Most of us dozed as the coach motored along.  After an hour or so we pulled up for our first break at Azulejos de Anita.  We were going to learn more about how the  tiles are made …

Goodby 2019 and Hello 2020

Sitting here watching the devastating fires happening in Australia makes me realize how lucky I am.  Im in my lounge room with the TV on, lap top on my lap,  sun shining with a blue sky while others are on the beach or in boats shielding themselves from the smoke and flames.  I have friends …

Lisbon and Beyond

An early start to the day with breakfast and then off on our day trip to see the sights of Lisbon and beyond. Our first stop would be at Freedom Park -  Parque da Liberdade.  Back in 1903  it was renamed to King Edward VII a tribute to King Edward VII of the UK, who …

Clube De Fado – Lisbon

We arrived at the Sheraton Hotel Lisbon where we would be staying 2 nights.  Our room was lovely and we had views out over Lisbon and the hotel pool directly below. In the distance you could see what looked like through the clouds a cross upon a tower. This was actually the Figure of Christ …

Nazare Portugal, a seaside town.

Our next stop would be for lunch.  A beautiful seaside town Nazare Portugal.  It was cold and the rain was threatening so we went looking for somewhere to eat.  We noticed our guide head into a restaurant and decided we would eat there also.  Of course due to my fish allergy had to make sure …

On Route to Lisbon via the Medieval City of Coimbra

Sunday arrived and our last breakfast aboard the Scenic Azure.  We said our goodbyes to the staff and our friends who wouldn't be joining us on the land tour.  A few tears were shed. We boarded our bus and were introduced to our guide Yolanda.  There were 20 of us so we could spread out …

An afternoon in Porto

Our last afternoon in Porto.  We decided to just let our feet take us around Porto. Dark rain clouds  were looming so we wore our rain jackets.  It was also very cold. We came across a market selling local wares and this is where the rain started falling. Porto is very hilly with most streets …