We have a home...

Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
Trip End Apr 05, 2014

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Casa do Leao, Penedo, Portugal

Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Sunday, March 2, 2014

Well we have arrived at our home away from home, Casa Do Leao, "House of the Lion", the reason for this name I am sure will unfold. We are situated north west of Lisbon in between Sintra and Cascais-Estoril.  Driving here of course proved yet again, interesting. Our directions were explicit, well written and got us here, no problem. We are shaking our heads and wondering why we always choose to perch ourselves at the very precipice of any village, curve ourselves around the tightest roads, and park our car on a 50 plus degree angle. Crazy, crazy, crazy.

Casa do Leao is a 300 year old whitewashed house, dating from before the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. It is set into a hillside with a sheltered walled garden and wonderful views of the cities below and the sea. When we arrived we nervously parked the car on the angle outside the gate, unloaded the luggage and entered the courtyard. It is beautiful, the air is fresh and the scent of new growth encourages a smile. We relax, we made it, we are pleased we are here.

It is raining slightly, misty and warm. Spring is here and the many shades of green that are in the garden blend together, interrupted by daisies and buds that will burst open while we are here. I will love watching the growth over our holiday time,

Unlocking the door took some time. For a second you think, who could we call to help us? Nobody! We are on our own that's for sure. The keys were left in a Baggie underneath the front door mat. It is the beginning of a new season here and we are ahead of the April crowds. The house has just been opened and readied for us, we are the first to enter the Lions Den....it is dark and it is only 11:00 a.m. It is musty inside these two foot thick walls. We look at each other and with words unspoken we quickly manage to turn on some lights and wander through the many halls opening every shutter, every door, letting the outside in and allowing us as outsiders, take hold. This Lions House is ours for a month.

We start to embrace our surroundings. The house is full of character, a beauty that unfolded with every beam of light that entered. We unpack and light a fire. We are out of our travelling clothes, curl up and enjoy provisions left for us by our landlady, we presume. Wine, beer, fruit, ham and cheese along with crackers fill a basket. The fridge has milk and juice. There are fresh flowers in every bedroom, the kitchen, the living and dining room. This is nice. We know we are not going anywhere tonight. We will sleep and hopefully cure the jet lag!  

We are curious at the amount of small steps there are in the house leading from one room to another. We know we will have to pay attention to this and find ourselves saying aloud as each one is encountered "up, down, up". At the top of the second floor there is a gate. We realize this is a safety feature in case one forgets the "down, up, down" when heading in the opposite direction. We laugh, but maybe we are tired! 

Tomorrow we will discover more and get our bearings, but now it is 6:00 p.m. our time and sleep is taking hold. Until then,

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Christopher Fry on

Would you show us the car parked on the hill...

Jim & Donna on

Looks great glad you are there safe and sound.keep on blogging

Barbara on

I'm so happy you've started your blog again!! Have fun :)

Murray Green on

Great job. I bet Tony enjoyed that glass of orange juice.

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