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

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Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Friday, March 14, 2014

I am back.....lots to report..... We are back in Penedo at our "home". We are a little tired after our trip today. Tomorrow we will organize ourselves, go back into the village for lunch and enjoy a very beautiful 24 degrees predicted tomorrow. I have some catching up to do though.

I do not usually record a negative situation because frankly it is not worth it and it will not affect what we are doing or where we have been. We have never encountered bad behaviour here until our trip to Fatima and Tomar. En route we needed petrol and stopped at a service station on the highway, our first time to fill up. We did not know what side of the car the gas input was, made a mistake and turned around facing the opposite direction of everyone else in the station. As we were leaving to turn around a police car blocked our way, began yelling at us and were telling us to go back, we tried to turn they yelled more and made us reverse. At the top of their lungs they yelled at us, we knew what we were doing but were not given the opportunity. We felt abused. Moral of the story, in a rental car pay attention to the fill-up side. It was horrible, the young policeman, I think had a very bad start to his day and we were next in line.

Our next experience was in Tomar at lunch; at a restaurant, a suggestion in our guide, Bella Vista Tomar, we were greeted by a Brit, told to sit where we would like. He managed to disappear and we were served by a very disgruntled employee who we felt did not like who we were. When watching how he treated others, he totally threw us off. If we ordered something we were told, "well that will take too long, 30-40 minutes", we did not care....when Tony asked, " you were recommended for a baby goat dish?".... He said, " it is there, it is the lamb...".... Wrong answer. They are two different dishes in any country and on any menu we have seen. We had though a delicious meal. Tony loved the baby goat, roasted saddle it looked like, Debbie had a pork cutlet dish, I had Brazilian beef and Mike went for the cod....yep the one Tony hated, he liked.

A fun experience was when Tony stumbled on a couple of young gents smoking a joint at the top of a castle turret; being the elder he looked at them and said "boys..." with a smirk on his face. When our paths crossed at the bottom exit, they looked at him and he gave them a high five and they said "wish you had joined us!".... Tony 

 Debbie was given the GPS to manage on the way home as they will use it to continue their journeys come Monday. No problem....we arrive, a bit of a round about way than the locals take you, but a good journey.

We discuss our day and we are content in spite of the attitudes we experienced today. Two people are not going to spoil this moment. It is sad that they are not happy. We all know someone that would love to be in their shoes!

Until tomorrow...
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Gwyneth on

I was about to ask you if you ate that day and where are the lovely food photos- now I understand! Not that the photos from Fatima aren't lovely. Reminds me of Tom's loud rendition of Ave Maria while we were riding our motorcycle up to the site- nearly fell off the bike I was laughing so hard.

Katie on

This post reminds me of the baby goat we had running around the FARM when we first opened -insert baby goat noise here ;) Sorry to hear about the rude people but they sure do make the good ones even better!!!

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