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Family over—Part 1

Posted on Sunday, 07 January 2007 at 01:38.

My sisters, parents and grandparents were over for a few days.

Friday — The flight to Porto went okay. Because I wasn’t thinking when I read my dad’s email with the flight times, I was an hour early at the airport. Ah well, better than an hour late, right? It took a while to find the car we rented, since we couldn’t find any “Holiday Cars”, but some calls later it turned out we needed Europcar (thanks, Bernard!). Finding Casa Lumi was a bit of a challenge as well — the road signs in Portugal aren’t that consistent. At night we had dinner at O Vaticano, an excellent restaurant opposite Casa Lumi.

Saturday — Showed my room and gave the pressies. Necklaces and jeropiga for my sisters, baileys with two glasses for my parents, and a bottle of tawny red port and a bottle of very nice strawberry jam for my grandparents. Then some groceries at Minipreço and Pingo Doce, then off to Porto. Interesting that the weather is beautiful for a straight two weeks, then turns cloudy and rainy the day the family arrives. Dark clouds over the ocean and high waves as we finally reached Foz (an area in Porto, at the corner of the shore and the Douro). Then dinner in a restaurant just south of the Douro, in Gaia. Afterwards each of us got a 5 ml minibottle of tasty red port. Nice.

Sunday — Last day of the year. Mostly spent driving through the beautiful areas surrounding Gerês and São Bento da Porta Aberta, the latter with a cute church and some interesting shops. Also drove past one of the lakes near Gerês, over a very uneven, sandy road with many pits. Pretty fun in a Ford Transit. :-) Since all restaurants were closed, my sisters and I cooked a variation of Marc and my successful oven dish, again with success.

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