Tuesday, February 16, 2016
This will be our last night in Portugal. Today we drove west through the mountains to a Pousada in the mountains not far from Porto where we will turn in our car.
We stopped in the town of Chaves for a break. Chaves has been a key strategically important town for centuries. Their Roman-era bridge was completed in AD 104.
The mountain valleys that we drove through had several dams and hydroelectric plants.
Our hotel is in an old Monastary. The design to convert the building into a hotel was done by one of Portugal’s most famous architects, Eduardo Souto Moura between 1994 and 1997. There are only two rooms occupied in the hotel tonight. We met the other guests – a Canadian couple – in the restaurant at dinner. They were the first North Anericans we have seen in several days.
Before dinner we sat and read by the fire in the bar.
Lampreys are a delicacy that are only available in the spring here. Our appetizer was marinated lamprey.
The restaurant is in the former kitchen of the monastery.
For desert we had a sampling of many deserts.
I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.
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