Today we said our goodbyes to Benoit and Diane who will return to Canada tomorrow. We feel blessed to have had a few wonderful visits with them during their time here but as always……never enough. The good thing is, we’ll see them shortly after we return to Canada. Safe travels.
A lovely sunny day greeted us on waking……albeit windy. After breakfast I decided to head out with the recycle with the hidden agenda of trying to find orchids, which I knew would be in bloom around now. SUCCESS It doesn’t take much to get me to do my happy dance!!
Iberian Orchid a member of the Mirror Orchids
Iberian Orchid….these things are tiny so finding them was quite exciting for me.
A cluster of bumblebee orchids
A close-up of the Iberian Orchid
As I mentioned earlier, today was to be a lunch with Diane and Benoit to bid them adieu and bon voyage………..and so 12h30 we headed off for Estoi, Snack Bar Com Tradições , where else……for our get together.
Diane, Elsa and Laurie
Diane and some strange man!!!
Gus, Susie and Patricia…..I can only imagine the conversation
Gwen and Marc…….I don’t even want to know what badness they were discussing.
The prato do dia Costeletas de cebolada….pork chops with caramelized onions, melt in the mouth
Ana’s newest dessert……..Marc loved it…….coconut and chocolate.
As always we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the added element of being able to introduce Laurie to all our friends and have her enjoy Estoi so much……….what a great day.
From there Laurie, Gary, Patricia and myself decided to head off to São Brás de Alportel to explore and walk around, hoping to walk the old Roman Road. Marc opted to stay and visit with Gwen, Susie and Gus a bit longer and Gwen would drive him home.
Lovely rich colour in both the walls and the flowers. The jasmine is heavily scenting the air.
You can’t really see this clearly BUT….this is a tiny fig tree growing straight out of a wall!! I am leaning over the top of the wall looking down. You gotta love Mother Nature.
Just because this caught my eye.
Look at the detail in each of these dainty petals.
Speaking of dainty petals…….Laurie and Patricia enjoying the gardens.
This wall art was made of tiles and textiles.
The House of Good Sausages…..this truck was driving around town and stopping so people could come out and shop from the bumper! I love it.
Near the gardens in the old town.
How could you not love the colour combination??
Clean public washrooms available in all the small towns……….you’d never find this in Italy
Took this right into the sun
Patricia and Laurie shared this enormous almond cookie.
Believe it or not, it was me who ordered this orange “thingy”…..the ingredients were listed and there wasn’t any dairy so I thought I’d give it a try.
A tiny church I hadn’t seen before.
This spoke of calmness and beauty to me.
And so another wonderful day is drawing to a close……….lots of walking…..the Roman Road sadly was under water……….another time. And with that, I leave you with my wind blown selfie this morning……it should make you smile.