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Aug 2nd, 2006, 05:26 AM
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David and Bob, I hope you have great trips and both enjoy your evenings with the Lisbon Dining Club. Say hi to Lobo, Gertrude and Matt for me when you're there!
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Aug 7th, 2006, 06:54 AM
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Hi Matt and all. These were very low profile holdays. The main purpose of this period was scouting properties for my early retirement. I don't have yet decisions made, but Vila Boim in Alentejo is taking the lead.

Meanwhile, I've been to Sogra's Inn, Mealhada (to eat the pig), Conimbriga, Lisbon, Elvas, Marvao, Badajoz and Lisbon again.
Plans for second period of holidays include beach (2 or 3 days are more than enough for me) and may be a long weekend in Valencia (Spain).
Three notes I wish to share from my recent experience.
1. Carapau. This is a less appreciated Sardine's relative, however I can't figure out why. It's in the low cost end of grilled fish. It's bigger than sardines, easier to prepare, as tasteful as sardines. I always ask "molho espanhola" and some salad to go with carapaus. I love it.
2 Ammaia
The ruins of this roman city are just under the shadows of Marvao hill (south flank) . If you are driving Marvao to Portalegre, Ammaia signs are easily seen. If you are in the vicinity, give Ammaia a chance.
3. Marvao
My very favourite place on Earth. The typical activity in Marvao is doing nothing. Just take a seat in a coffee terrace overlooking Spain, ask a soft drink and stay there enjoying the pleasure of being alive.

It's all now. I'm still recovering from the jet lag since yesterday I traveled from Alentejo to Lisbon. After waking up, I'll post some more.
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Aug 14th, 2006, 02:01 AM
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Gee Nikki, was it hot enough for you? I had to laugh because my mother was the same way. At one point last year we ended up going into a Mango store (trendy brand of clothing) and she found the only seat and took it for an entire hour. I thought she was going to get me to find her a coffee!

As my mother says, "I am delicate as a flower, so treat me nice."

Good report!
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Aug 14th, 2006, 01:56 PM
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See Claire, I knew I reminded you of your mother. Anyway, you're from Texas, it probably feels normal to you.
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Aug 14th, 2006, 08:09 PM
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Nikki,
I'm enjoying this so much--what a great trip report!

I can really relate to your comments about being in Barcelona 34 years ago...my daughter just got back from Israel and Greece and I was in so many of the same places 35 years ago! Hardly seems possible.

DH and I are going back to Barcelona in Spring and I'm adding your report to my file. I've also thought about going to Portugal and your report certainly adds to that desire.

(But I think I'll go in Spring or Fall...35 years ago heat didn't bother me...now however...some things do change, huh )

Thanks so much for this great report!
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Aug 15th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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Artlover, I hope you enjoy your trip to Barcelona in the spring. It must be a great time of year to visit.

As for Portugal, I have just had my appetite whetted. All I got to see was Lisbon, but reading the great description here of Lobo's trip to Marvao has made me interested in seeing any place which inspires one to sit and "enjoy the pleasure of being alive."
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Nov 20th, 2006, 06:23 PM
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Wow! Incredible information and detail in this report. I'm bookmarking for my 2 month Spain/Portugal report. We'll be in most of these areas and will refer to this thread along with the Lisbon Dining Club threads. Stay tuned
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Nov 21st, 2006, 03:20 AM
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PJ, Nikki's report is great, but centered in Lisbon. For a wider view, don't forget to see the reports from Bailey, Isabel, Dwsnyder, Namaka, Newcomer, among others.
Check "things to do in and around Lisbon, Part I, II and III" and Matt's adventures by train in northern Portugal.
When are you planing to come? Don't forget that on 17th March we'll have the biggest LDC since Dom Afonso Henriques and the Cruzaders took Lisbon from the moors back in 1147.
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Nov 21st, 2006, 04:51 PM
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pjoneslake, have a wonderful trip. Two months in Spain and Portugal sounds amazing.

Lobo, I keep hearing about your gatherings and wishing I was there.
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Nov 22nd, 2006, 05:47 AM
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I wish you were here, too. You are only one ocean far...
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