We have been walking the crowds of Feiras Novas in Ponte de Lima for a couple days. I asked Paula if there was a way we could get up to the nearby hills to get a view from above of this beautiful town.
She knew the place to go and she borrowed her uncle's car and off we went for a short drive to a the site of a stone chapel.
From the top we could see the Rio Lima clearly and white clouds scattered across blue skies. The weather has been mild and beautiful.
Today we left Tio Loreta, Tio Luis and Mauricia in Ponte de Lima. They were such gracious hosts and fed us so many traditional Portuguese home cooked meals. They don't know English so Paula translated for us and them but through hand gestures, smiles, pats on the back and saying the word "obrigada" (thank you) a LOT we found our own way to communicate with them. They made us feel like we were their own nieces and created a special memory that will stay with us forever.
Cousin Miguel drove us to our next destination to meet Ana who took us to her home in Gulpihares where we will stay with her husband Vasco and their children. This will be the site for Paula's 50th birthday party. Ana lives very close to the beach so she took us to quickly look at the ocean before arriving to her house and the ocean air was really refreshing. We undoubtedly will be taking walks there.
The Atlantic Ocean from Gulpihares