sunshine, beach, and rosé!
The alentejo was the last stop on our Portugal trip. We picked this summer house to be far away from the big cities, to relax, read, and otherwise do not much at all. Without Internet, the only thing we could do is read our books, sit on the grass, and enjoy the sun. In the evening, as the animals settle down for the night and it gets quiet, I looked at the sun set, closed my eyes, and in the silence I could hear the sound of happiness.
阿連特茹的度假小屋 阿連特茹,葡萄牙的最終站。 我們選擇這個遠離人煙的山中小屋 沒有網路的狀況下,我們可以閱讀的只有手裡的兩本書 坐在這片綠油油的山坡上 看著萬物都將靜默的傍晚 對著夕陽,輕輕的閉上了眼睛 我彷彿聽見了最幸福的聲音。
Although we were a big hung over from the big party night in Lisbon, we woke up in the morning to pack our suitcases for the next part of our trip. We got a little Peugeot from Europcar and drove south on the motorway. Just before leaving Lisbon, we crossed the Ponte Vasco da Gama — the longest bridge in Europe — and my boy was so excited and demanded that I take out the camera and take some photos. He said he had been dreaming about driving across that bridge for a long time. (Some people don’t have big dreams.
On our way to the summer house, after having left the motorway and driving along a country road, we saw a lot of white tents along the road: a local market. I immediately begged my boy to hit the brakes and go take a look. It was like a department store, you could find anything there. One stand was selling cherries at 5 euros for 2 kilograms. I was screaming inside. We bought a big bag to take with us. Although we tried very hard, eating cherries every day, we just barely managed to eat them all before we boarded our flight back home.
Portugal is well known for producing cork, about a third of all the world’s cork is from here. Driving south, we passed dozens of those. I had a dirty thought in my head, they look like they’re circumcised! Maybe there’s an idea here for a collection of art… :-)
To get to this summer house, my boy had to suffer a bit. The owner lives in Lisbon, and we met the evening before to get the keys. I will spare you the details, but it took one hour. She gave us a hand-drawn map with instructions because you cannot just enter the address into Google Maps. I thought this house would be very scary. But on the contrary, when we arrived, we saw fruit trees, a vegetable garden, and everything you would need for a holiday: two hammocks, surf boards and even equipment to go horse riding (which we didn’t do for lack of horses).
When you look at this part of Portugal on a map, you will see that it is a very rocky coast with lots of cliffs. There are lots of beaches, but most of them small, in a cove between the cliffs. You see lots of unique views. We were planning to go to the beach, reading, enjoying the sea breeze, get a tan, and drink cocktails with little umbrellas. Well, the truth is the wind was too strong and it felt too crowded. We tried it once and gave up.
After giving up the idea of spending our time on the beach, we were a little bit disappointed, but recovered fast because heaven was at our summer house: built on a little hill and surrounded by trees, it felt very isolated. The whole hill would be our playground, private and secure. So we changed our plans a little bit: we were still reading, enjoying the breeze and getting a tan, but instead of expensive cocktails with umbrellas, we drank the local Portuguese Mateus Rosé wine. PS: I later found out that this brand is quite famous and expensive in Japan, but in Portugal it’s cheap and you can buy one, get one free in the supermarket.
當我們佔領海灘的計劃破功後,雖然有點落寞,但很快的就復原了,因為我們馬上就發現天堂其實就在我們租的度假小屋! 這個房子蓋在一個小丘陵地上,而且周圍樹林幾乎完全的隔絕對外道路,整座小山丘都是我們的玩耍範圍,非常的隱秘,也難怪google map上找不到。於是,我們原計劃稍作修改,一樣看書,吹海風,曬太陽,少了貴俗俗的長島冰茶小雨傘,改喝葡萄牙本產Mateus的Rosé,而且這個牌子事後我才知道在日本很紅超貴,在這裏都是超市特價買一送一,而且真的很好喝！(討厭波特酒的快做筆記) Mateus Rosé:http://en.mateusrose.com/
We weren’t sure if the little black cat belonged to our neighbours. Maybe the cat was also taking a holiday, because she spent most of its time with us. She was lucky to meet two big cat nerds. We even went to the supermarket to buy some cat food for her! In the evening, when we were sitting on the grass with wine and sausage, this little cat always tried to get to our food. My heart melted and I opened a can of food for her. No longer hungry, she returned and was very adorable.
In my entire life, I have never seen such a huge cactus, but in the south of Portugal, they’re everywhere. As you can see on the picture, a human looks small next to it!
To send a postcard to my boyfriend’s mom, I bought this card in Lisbon. It shows all of the Portuguese regions, and it came with a needle and thread. I used the thread to show our journey, and drew some memorable moments. But it seems the postman liked this postcard way too much and stole it, because it never arrived.
為了要寄明信片給米卡媽,在里斯本的Embaixada買了這張好有趣的卡片。 明信片上有著標示葡萄牙各區域的簡單地圖,並附上針,線一組;這樣結合手作的概念,真心的讓我覺得很有趣 ,我在卡片上依照我們的旅遊路線,依序的用手縫線標示,希望遠在德國的米卡媽收到會喜歡 :-) 可惜的是後來卡片不知道發生了什麼事,沒有寄到她的手上(嘆)
It’s about 80 kilometres from our house in the Alentejo to the furthest south-western point of Portugal (and Europe). On the last day before we left, we drove there to take a look. We passed through Lagos, a city on the coast, but you can skip that one. When we finally arrived at Cape St. Vincent, we saw lots of other tourists who had also come to see the sunset.
I forget when it was the last time that I saw the sun set in the ocean, but I will remember this time. It was the most beautiful sunset. The tourist around us all became silent to watch this natural performance. But there was a mommy with a little girl and kept saying “Bye-bye, Mr. Sun!” Although it wasn’t a special day — not the last day of the year or the first — I felt like Mr. Sun worked very hard, burning himself until he disappeared in the ocean. And he will do so again tomorrow and day after day, without stopping. I felt like I have to work harder, even though I just have a normal life. I still have to do my best every day.