Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Cruise and Land Tour in Portugal - July 16th/15....
I had some of the usual items for breakfast - cereal, orange juice, bacon and eggs, fresh fruit and coffee.
We departed by bus from Regua to Lamego where we spent the entire morning - the bus ride was about 30 minutes. Lamego is an attractive town which produces wines, especially Raposeira, Portugal’s premier sparkling wine. Today the main focus of Lamego is as a pilgrimage town - this fertile region is also known for its fruit and choice hams.
The first site that we visited in Lamego was the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies - the church is reached via an awe-inspiring double stairway.
In Lamego, AMA arranged for an included tasting or snack at a restaurant. This was sparkling wine, cheese slices, smoked ham slices, small bread slices, small ham and cheese sandwiches, and olives.
It was held in the restaurant’s shaded garden.
While walking around the town center, I stopped into the Cathedral of Our lady of Assumption, which was built in 1129, although only the Romanesque tower remains from the original building.
The Museum of Lamego is one of the country’s best local museums and is housed in the former bishop’s palace. Ordinarily, there is an entrance fee to the Museum, but since we were with AMA, we did not have to pay the fee.
After we were finished in Lamego, we returned to the ship for lunch. The rest of the day was spent cruising to Vega de Terron.
For lunch, I had cream of vegetable soup with orzo noodles. The main dish was broiled butterfish on a bed of broken-up potato pieces and tomatoes and olives. I also had two spicy chicken wings. For dessert, there were Portuguese chocolate almond cake squares, and I had a coke.
For dinner, I had amuse bouche smoked ham, and the codfish carpaccio for the appetizer. The seafood bisque soup was very good. For the main course, I had the perch fillet with hollandaise sauce. For dessert, apple crumble (with vanilla ice cream), and I had white wine. It was another excellent meal - as usual.
We are very close to the Spanish border at this location, and tomorrow we drive to Salamanca for an included excursion. So AMA brought Spanish folk and flamenco dancers aboard for the evening entertainment - I enjoy the flamenco and have seen about four performances over the years.
Photos belong to Phil Bianco