|Lori & JoAnn perched above Braga|
After busy mornings, our leisurely lunches were perfect! My favorite lunch was in Porto where Lori had a polvo epiphany. After asking me a few questions about the flavor and texture of octopus, I told her that if she ordered it and hated it I would swap entrees with her and she could have my garlic shrimp. After just a few bites of a sweet, tender tentacle, I could tell that she wasn't going to want to swap meals with me. She is the newest poster child for Portuguese gastronomy!
|Lori's first bite of polvo!|
|Lori at the Guimarães castle|
On Thursday, our trip to the sprawling weekly market in Barcelos became a mission to find pretty scarves. We were quite successful, and our final tally was 12 scarves! Decked out in our new scarves, we headed to Porto on Friday. Lori and JoAnn planned our day and we had a great time tasting port and exploring sites on both sides of the river. I left them in Porto to continue their adventure while I headed back to Braga - tired but giddy.
|Scarf shopping frenzy in Barcelos|
|Our Lady of the Tiles|
During the last 7 months, I've had a lot of time to think about how important my friendships are to me. Although having heaps of time with Eric has been an invaluable gift, I would be lost and lonely without the love and support of my friends.