I'm so glad to have photos to remind me of what we saw and did. The parts of Portugal that we visited - Estoril, Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra - were all outstanding. So beautiful, so historical, so picturesque. (At the same time, it all felt very familiar - mostly because it reminded me of, and made me homesick for, France.)
|Near the marina in Cascais|
I have just about caught up on the episodes of Coronation Street that I missed while I was away. Hayley and Roy got married, Dev, Sunita and Claire were suspected of child battering, Sophie and Sian's lesbian relationship has been revealed, and William Roache's real life son, actor Linus Roache (Law and Order, The Wings of the Dove) appeared on the set as Ken Barlow's long lost son. A very eventful couple of weeks on the Street.
My bowels are returning to normal. After lots of extra sleep yesterday and copious amounts of water, I was able to return to work today with no further problems.
|Buildings in Sintra|
I am still wondering how to put into words all that we experienced last week in Portugal. When something happens that you know changed you to the core, it's hard to describe exactly what went down. It's really too soon to say what the long term effects will be, I just know life as I knew it before Portugal has been altered in an as yet unquantifiable way. I've felt this way before after great trips, it's a pleasurable feeling albeit somewhat unsettling in the short term.
|Guincho Beach, Cascais|
I am missing the new friends I made in Portugal. Thank goodness for the Internet, so we can keep in touch by email and Facebook and in some cases, by reading each other's blogs.
|Palm trees in Estoril|