So Sunday morning we headed for the mountains. Once again we zipped past the beautiful Peneda Gerês National Park (we WILL get there someday!) along some very windy roads that brought back memories of long, queasy childhood car trips. João had mentioned a restaurant in the minuscule town of Bouro that serves homey, hearty Portuguese food and that's exactly what we found at Restaurant Cruzeiro.
|The cross for which Restaurant Cruzeiro is named|
|Yes, that bowl of brown goo, papas, is actually a|
very tasty Portuguese specialty!
|The BVM & Jesus watch over Eric|
as he eats
|The cloister at Santa Maria do Bouro|
After dessert we were torn between napping in the car and strolling around town. We opted for strolling. On the main street, there is a beautiful old church and the 12th century Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria do Bouro. The monastery is one of many Pousadas which are palaces, castles, monasteries and convents that have been restored by the Portuguese government and converted into luxury hotels. We couldn't afford to spend the night there ($$$$) but we could afford a drink in cozy chairs in front of the huge fireplace.
|Maybe Eric will build one of these in our house in Minneapolis?!|