I trust you are well and flourishing.
I have posted two new articles on the blog.
Portugal is blessed with glorious countryside which is underappreciated by the outside world. Sometimes I think Portugal should advertise what it has to offer more widely. At other times I wonder if it isn't just as well to keep it secret so that it remains unspoiled. I once heard a Londoner, who had just discovered the beauty of my own Yorkshire Dales, saying, "Let's not tell everyone. This place is too good to spoil. We don't need hordes of crass people coming up here." You who read my blog, however, are the kind of people who would be welcome in the Parque Natural do Alvão, so I hope you will visit one day. Should we keep it secret, though? What do you think?
- The first is one from a stay in the Serra de Alvão, which is a Parque Natural - not a national park, but perhaps what we might call an 'area of outstanding beauty'. We stayed in a cabin advertised on Airb&b. It had been built by the owner of the land himself and had a huge balcony overlooking a spectacular view.
We weren't the only people enjoying the views in Alvão one Sunday morning, though some put in rather more effort than we did, as you will see in...
The Mamils of Mondim de Basto
- The second article picks up on a previous post. I wonder if any of you remember that I said in The Spa that got lost –
- that I was going to write about another spa, where ages ago I came across a man who reminded me of the children's story, Stone Soup, only in reverse. This incident still amuses me years after that conversation. It is also a good news story about the regeneration of small towns.
- I trust some of you may be inspired to go back and read previous articles on the blog. You can find them in the archive
I hope you are all enjoying the summer – even in England where we have gone from scorching hot sun, with temperatures at Wimbledon of over 40° C, almost to winter again – and that my blog will bring you pleasure too.