14.11.04

O beijo


I slept the sleep of the righteous in Pedro's spare house beside the beach (yes, that's right, spare house). I woke up this morning, looked at the sun shining on the sea, stood on the verandah and just soaked it all in. I had time to help Linda with her essay, then I went for a walk along the beach and something to eat at a beachside cafe. I met up with Pedro, Helena and Lucas and we drove out to a neighbouring village where we teamed up with José - a friend of Pedro's who is also a professional photographer as well as a very accomplished artist. More coffee was imbibed, then it was back to the house for a huge lunch. While Lucas was having his afternoon sleep, Pedro and I went down to the shore to take some more photos before we all headed out to Batalha - along with José and his wife, Ana, who is also a photographer - where we made the most of the gorgeous weather and the beautiful cathedral that was built in the middle ages as thanks for Portugal's victory over Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota. It was an absolutely glorious day in every way, and I would like to thank Pedro and his family for making me so very, very welcome. Thank you all.

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