Summer snapshots: cousins come to Portugal

I thoroughly enjoyed Jenny and Colin’s week’s visit at the beginning of July.  As they will probably be my final visitors before departing Portugal, I think I can say after a few attempts now, I’ve perfected the city guiding itinerary with the help of my enthusiastic and able-walking visitors, as we managed to pack in visits to almost every historic neighborhood in Lisbon, a four day road-trip , and  time left for for eating, lounging, and laughing. Here are a few snapshots from the week:

Survivors: the only foreigners in a Portuguese packed fado hall - 4 hours and counting

Survivors: the only foreigners in a Portuguese packed fado hall - 4 hours and counting

The pleasures of pastries: Portugal's national treat: pastel de nata/cream pastry

The pleasures of pastries: Portugal's national treat: pastel de nata/cream pastry

 Clarification: no, she did not eat all three

 

Vestiges of a Roman past (not dating from but influenced by). An exquisite aqueduct system winds through much of Portugal's geography

Vestiges of a Roman past (not dating from but influenced by). An exquisite aqueduct system winds through much of Portugal's geography

 

 

Great discussion and debate in the dining hall at the Convent of the Order of Christ in Tomar, headquarters of the Order of the Templars.

Great discussion and debate in the dining hall at the Convent of the Order of Christ in Tomar, former headquarters of the Order of the Templars.

 

Light and shadow.  Convento do Cristo, Tomar.

Light and shadow. Convento do Cristo, Tomar.

 

 

Jenny and Mo and some Manueline architecture -named after King Manuel 1 (Grand Master of the Order of Christ-1484)

Jenny and Mo and some Manueline architecture -named after King Manuel 1 (Grand Master of the Order of Christ-1484)

 

 

The medieval magic of Obidos

The medieval magic of Obidos

 

Strolls along the castle wall

Strolls along the castle wall

 

 

The cork-lined secluded convent of the Cappuchin monks in Sintra

The cork-lined secluded convent of the Cappuchin monks in Sintra

 

 

Waves from the coast of Peniche

Waves from the coast of Peniche

 

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~ by maureenmoore on July 22, 2009.

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