Breakfast in the hotel at 0915 hrs had us back in our room for a phone call from Scarlett. It was good to speak to the family as they leave next Wednesday for Italy and we will pass them in the air as we head home.
We have been debating the best days to visit Lisbon and presently working on the weekend when the traffic should be lighter for the Hop on/ off tour. Today, we have decided to visit the walled village of Obidos which is 20 km north of us. The drive avoided the main highway and was along a narrow winding road that lead us direct to the towns carpark.
We wandered this very impressive village which is now centred along a main road of shops, restaurants and wine bars that stretch from the main gate to the Keep on the high ground to the far end. We were immediately sidetracked to a dress shop where Kaye bought a nice top and several scarfs. The young girl serving was very pleasant and handled all the buying customers with good skill. On reflection,this imagery might sound tacky touristy but it has really maintained it’s traditional feel.
Having walked the length of the main road to the Keep, we climbed the wall and then walked the parapet for its full circular length length. The parapet was quite narrow and without any safety railing it made the passing of other walkers tricky. The inner view of the village and its many buildings and laneways revealed a very compact style of early day life. The view of the surrounding countryside was of rich green open paddocks of all types of produce. The occupants of the village would have had magnificent views of any approaching hostiles however I suspect these lengthy walls would have provided a greater feeling of assurance than effectiveness from breaching. An additional attraction to the village is the lengthy viaduct built to carry water to the village
The day was quite humid after last nights shower of rain and we were very much in need of a rest and refreshment after the walk. We retired to the Place de Santa Maria, in the shade of a cluster of Plane trees for a water, wine and beer; it was an idealic resting spot and popular with other visitors and there were quite a few wandering the streets of this obviously popular tourist attraction.
On our return, we checked on the Golf Club restaurant for dinner tonight, said hi to the couple we had met last night and were back at the resort to see the last half of the Australian/ Denmark 1-1 draw at the World Cup. The remainder of the afternoon was spent resting.
We were the first at the restaurant at 1900hrs for the Fish of the Day and Pork Neck with a Chardonnay. The sweet was recommended by our very attentive and personable waiter; he was worth a tip. We were eventually joined by others. The meal was pleasant and has moved into the top category with the lunch at Viana do Castelo. We returned direct to the Resort where we watched movies before sleep; prepared to drive to Sintra early in the morning.