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After breakfast we were bused to Vila Vicosa to see a beautiful palace of the last king of Portugal. He was assassinated in 1908. After that Portugal was no longer a monarchy. My leg was hurting, so I stayed in the nunnery for about an hour. It is actually a hotel now, but it was once a nunnery. I had cappuccino in the garden. It was lovely. We also visited a marble museum and the Portuguese equivalent of ...
We started cooking around 11 AM and then enjoyed a lunch of the items we learned to cook. I especially enjoyed the swordfish. After lunch we took the bus and drove southeast. We stopped at a little pottery place and then toured a winery. After the wine tasting we went to a hilltop town Monsaraz and had a lovely dinner watching the ...
We walked around the town of Portel. It is charming. There is a lovely park. The castle on the hill was abandoned long ago, but it is pretty from the outside. There was a little too much walking for my knee (4weeks out from surgery). I skipped the cooking class and iced my knee. I did enjoy the lunch which was prepared in the cooking class. After an afternoon of painting, we had lunch at the hotel restaurant. After lunch there was a parade celebrating the Festival of Our Lady of ...
... up being our lunch, and bought a nice local oil.
On to Monsaraz, close to the Spanish border. Inhabited since the Neolithic period, it has changed hands many times in history, but is very impressive rising out of the surrounding plain as you approach. The castle's origin is from the 8th century, with continuous changes in form and jurisdiction through the 17th century, including a period during the 13th century when the Knights ...
... to the archway to get in to the village and the streets were narrow and cobbled, the walls were old and white and we wandered along the fort wall till we came to a street with a statue at the top with clothing on it, we thought it was showing what life would have been like many years ago. It was only when we came across more and one was a shepherd with his sheep, then we realised it was a full size nativity scene, which was dotted through all ...
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