Along with the rest of humanity, we were forced to cancel our long-awaited travel plans.
Hotels were closed. Borders were closed. We were in lockdown along with everyone else but with the added experience of quarantine until mid June (Wales) as we had the shielding letter. Unable to go anywhere.
May was a difficult month as I descended into a 'what might have been' frame of mind. I am sure that many of you were battling with that as well.So for now, I am going to relive some of the places that we hoped to visit.
This week, Portugal to see family.
|Views from Monsanto.|
We have visited some of the villages around. Indeed the first time we stayed on a Quinta or farm where the outbuildings had been converted into accommodation. This was near the village of Monsanto, which is built among ancient rocks. At the top of the mountain there is a fort. The Internet signal from here that feeds the area is a bit hit and miss to say the least.
The village of Pena Garcia lies above the main road stretching from the Spanish border at Monfortinho to the city of Castelo Branco further west and below the mountain village of Penamacor high in the Estrela Mountains to the north. The ancient streets of Pena Garcia are so narrow that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were driving up someones driveway as you just avoided missing the thick stone walls of the huddle of buildings sheltering from the wind.The mission that day was to see the Barragem or lake among the trees where we could cool ourselves in the enervating June heat.
The village of Monfortinho is famous for its health-giving spa waters. Hotels are many. We have stayed at a hundred year old hotel - the Hotel Boavista - with an outside glass lift to take you to your room and which had typical Portuguese entertainment from a local group one night. At the end of the village is a more modern one with the most fantastic views and peaceful air from the terrace.The Fonte Santa Hotel. A warm welcome awaits whichever we choose.
Memories have kept me going. No use crying over spilt milk as the saying goes.
It will pass. Life will return to normality and we will appreciate it all the more for having experienced a loss of liberty and survived.
More on the hotels on Trip Advisor if you are thinking of a holiday with a difference.
Next week: Exploring Spain.