Dolmen. This one just about 15 minutes from where we are staying in Oliveira do Hospital.
I don’t have the words to describe today. Tony and Jeanne and their awesome dog Toby came to visit us in Oliveira do Hospital from their home which is in Manique do Intendente (which is where we first housesat for them when we arrived in Portugal a month ago.) Jeanne and Tony and Toby came from about two hours away and they got a beautiful B and B nearby us so we could explore this area together. Today we hit the Roman Ruins (and there are many) but these are literally 10 minutes away.
Besides the massively amazing things we experienced today, we learned that “do Hospital” means that this area was indeed the site of a “Hospital” . The monks and the Knights of the Templar had a hospital here. Early 700s??? ( where they tended to the sick and injured.) And that’s AFTER the Romans were here. !!! Please don’t hold me to being an historian… but today was a journey of all journeys. My mind and heart are full.
The connections we experienced today were profound. From the lovely young women who greeted us at the Museum of Olive Oil (we did not know that our server at the restaurant was the Museum Founders daughter) to the docent at the Roman Museum who came out to speak to us in the courtyard near the Roman Arch… he was from South Africa… to the fully engaged young archeologist who took us to his dig sites, to the furry donkey watching over the whole thing. It was all connected.
So it took us a MONTH, but we finally can use a grocery cart!!
You ask the cashier for a chip and they GIVE you one and then you can open the magic chain on the carts. When you put the cart back and lock it in… you get your chip back!!
The grocery store is only 6 minutes away in the town of OLIVEIRA do Hospital. It’s a city really.
THE MAGIC OF THE INTERNET, COOL PEOPLE, DOGS, AND KINDNESS…….
BAR OF SOAP is a place I keep reading about while researching the city of Porto which will be our next stop on February 24.
BAR OF SOAP came up repeatedly on many of the international ex-pat and travel forums that we follow, as an almost mythical place in the City of Porto, where you could do your laundry, get a drink, a light meal… and more importantly… make lots of great connections and fellowship.
BAR OF SOAP is a place I had already decided I wanted to visit in Porto, and incredibly, they are now expecting us!!!
Last night Donny and I were trying to find an affordable, pet-friendly place to stay in Porto and we weren’t having any luck. So I decided to message BAR OF SOAP to see if they had any suggestions or insights.
Almost immediately I got a reply from Jesse. He called the HOTEL AMERICA across the street from him in Porto, to see if they would take Stella. More importantly, Jesse told me that you can always ask. Especially with a small dog. Donny and I were doing searches on line and clicking the “Pet-Friendly” button and we weren’t getting a lot of choices, especially in our price-range.
Yes, Hotel America would take Stella !!!!!!!!!! but they had no dates available that worked for us. But they turned us on to Oporto City Apartments just minutes away and when I called to ask about dogs, they said YES to Stella. Super location and super affordable.
Massive thanks to Jesse who embodied all the amazing things we had read about Bar of Soap.
See you in Porto in a week. !!!! We can do our laundry, make friends, join a writing group, listen to music, get new ideas, meet travelers from all over the world…
ELEVEN FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE……
We will be here for about ten days Housesitting and I promise lots of photos and information. Lawrence, the owner, is from England and he said that we may post about his beautiful home in Portugal. He is so well-located and so well-settled here. And, he is in the process of building another house on his property and this house will become a rental. It is truly special~~ we feel so fortunate to have met Lawrence online and today we met him in person. We are looking forward to our time here with these lovely animals in this setting. Stay tuned!
We spent last night at QUINTA CHAU DA VINHA. Super sweet. Great breakfast. No English. Very friendly.
We found a wonderful place in the village for dinner and again almost no English but super super warm and friendly. All locals. Family run and delicious local country food.