OK, don’t hate me when I tell you it was 26 degrees here today!!!!! What a truly magnificent treat, totally unexpected.
Our friends, David and Marion, had mentioned a nearby park to us, which we had attempted to find without success so this morning I sent Marion a FB message and she was kind enough to send me a link that contained the GPS co-ordinates. We were set!
The park is only about 15 minutes from here and I can’t tell you how delighted we were to find it. Acres of eucalyptus forest, cork trees, pines, a river, the Alportel, and I swear, a million medronho trees in various stages of fruit or flower. The scents were almost unbearable they were so intense, especially the eucalyptus. As they say, a photo says a thousand words.
We followed three different trails, each one for about 30 minutes. In each situation, it was the steep incline that deterred us from continuing as the trail was a bit wet. I can’t wait to return and explore it in different circumstances. Next time I will certainly wear long pants as in places the trail is dense with flora and narrow.
Once saturated we headed into Sao Bras to hit Intermarche (they carry a particular wine we like) then decided to head back to Estoi for lunch.
All that exercise, combined with good and plentiful food, we headed home for a bit of siesta with plans to return later. We love the routine of going back to enjoy an aperitif with Ana and Simão. Things start to wind down for them around 17h00 which is perfect for us and the traditional cinq à sept….which is a French term for activities taking place after work, and before returning home or having dinner.
And now we have returned home, dinner is being prepared as I type……..I think I just heard the pop of the wine bottle…..that means it’s time to head downstairs. And speaking of wine bottles……I saw a bunch of drunks in the square as I was leaving tonight…….