The monks lived well!
Trip Start Jun 06, 2014
15Trip End Jun 21, 2014
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We were treated to a cooking demonstration on board by the pastry chef who showed us how to make the "Pastel de Belem", that wonderful custard dessert. It looks fairly simple and she gave us the recipe to try at home. There were ample samples to pass around after the demonstration.
The afternoon tour was to a former Benedictine monastery, built in the early 12th century, that later served as a convent and now is a hotel
Lunch was Portuguese focused. A nice green salad followed by roasted pork loin with oven baked potatoes. The potatoes are cooked with the pork so they acquire a wonderful taste because of the drippings from the meat. It reminded me a lot of a dish my grandmother and mother often made which is interesting in that we are not Portuguese. It must be a fairly universal European dish. I cleaned my plate! Dessert was their version of creme brûlée- less firm than American versions.
By the end of the day we were back at the dock in Porto, where we will be until we leave. We spend two more nights on the ship, then transfer to a local hotel for two additional nights.