Roy Hersh wrote:So Thomas V. you have started this thread, but never told us what your and your family thought about the city. Like, lust or other?
Haha the roles have reversed as you are waiting for written content by me (I always look forward to the Newletter)
The trip was outstanding.
We stayed in Alfama in this nice little apartment complex. We had 3 of the 5 apartments and a nice little courtyard which we could relax in during the late afternoon to suck up the last rays of sunshine.
Being blessed with great weather. Warmer than usual for the season with roughly 16-17 degrees in the later part of the days.
Spending our days walking around in Alfama, the city centre and adjacent neighbourhoods, with the mandatory pit stops in patisserie to get a croissant or cake. Almost every day I would stop by Garraferira Nacional to pick up a bottle of port for our little club. Consisting of my mother, brother in law and myself. We drank 1 bottle per day for the 6 days we were in town for. Nothing to fancy but enjoyable none the less. The best being the Niepoort and Quevedo LBV.
We also took a hop'on bus to see more of the city which was a good way for us to rest our legs. A lot of up and down in this city with steep climbs and inclines. Sore calfs
One day we took the bus to Belem to walk around and get some pastis de Belem. Very nice when they are out hot from the oven. Overall we enjoyed our time in the city, the weather also contributing quite a bit. The only thing we weren't impressed with was the food we had when eating out. Nothing special actually. Perhaps we were just unlucky or we are not so into traditional Portuguese food.
Ohh we also heard some fado which was let's say a special experience.
Most importantly my mother enjoyed the vacation as we celebrated her 70th birthday. Ohh and I also good my GF hooked on Portugal. Next stop Porto and Douro
10YO White Niepoort
2001 Wiese & Krohn Colheita
2011 Quevedo LBV
Fonseca Bicentenial Crusted Port
Ramos Pinto White Reserva