Figuring it all out...
Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
45Trip End Apr 05, 2014
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We were happy to see the car still on the hill, but more importantly, nobody was parked near us. With standard transmission the car rolls forward before it gets enough power to reverse. We decide we will park at the top and carry things down to our place when we return and point ourselves in the other direction. Tony is trading in this car for another (no oomph and the noises coming out if sound, well, not so good). Off we go to the village in "The Rattler".
We parked near a local cafe that was mentioned to us, where "Paulo" speaks English
We were observers! Some drank full tumblers of red wine, others drank half red half 7 Up. If you wore a tie, you tucked it inside your shirt in case of a spill. I guess it is easier to clean the shirt than a tie. We pegged the man in the suit as the mayor or an undertaker. His Mercedes parked outside was very pretty very very shiny and so out of place. Lunch was good, the olive oil and garlic drizzle over everything made even the fresh cut fries just that much better
We head to the next village to the grocery store, a tiny, tiny spot. Fruit and veggies are outside and inside the place is packed to the rafters with STUFF. Two aisles, room for one person in each aisle, we hold our hand baskets in front. It is just like driving a car in Portugal, if someone else comes along, you pull over or back up and hold your breath till they pass. No carts here. We manage to get some basics but realize we will need to be heading to an even bigger village tomorrow. When I return to this place for quick things I will take a photo! The butcher in town is closed today and everything shuts down for lunch. Lunch can be anytime and for as long as you want it seems. People all are very friendly, relaxed, love to chat and will try their English out when given the opportunity.
We decided to take another drive to familiarize ourselves. We drove through Sintra yet again and retraced our steps on arrival. You know they were not the "exact steps" but close
Another great day ended with a walk around the property, some wine and risotto, a movie on the DVD - "Majestic" with Jim Carrey. The risotto, well I had to be creative. I had the rice, onion, garlic, chicken broth and bacon. The cheese was from our welcome basket, a mild goat cheese, a tomato and lettuce. It was good and we are tired, trying to catch up still! Lights out. Until tomorrow,