Our Trip to Portugal, 1999
In 1998 we were living in Zephyrhills, Florida. Tara was working as a nurse at the East Pasco Hospital. Once she finished her contract, unfortunately, we went back to Canada. We drove first to La Prairie, Quebec. We stopped at a few places along the way, we camped in Georgia. We also visited Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and we slept in Richmond, Virginia. We also went to the restaurant in Newark on Ferry Street. After our visit in Quebec, we went to visit my parents in the old country, Portugal. This was the first time that my parents were going to meet my young daughter Isabelle. At that time she was about ten months old and she could not walk yet.
This was obviously our first trip as a complete family. Dad liked to bring Nadia with him in the fieldd or at the beach. My dad andI, we had a tradition to go eat a Caldeirada at Lila in Praia de Mira, fresh fish stew. My dad ordered it and then later we will comeback when it was ready. It was also very good. Sometimes he put some eels in it. That was by far the best caldeirada on the beach. Overall we spent a lot of time in Mira. He also liked to bring Nadia with him at the church and other places.
Dad also brought Nadia to the vineyard to help him pick potatoes. My mum and dad grew all kinds of veggies and fruits. A lot of times we had fresh produces from the garden. The land behind our house was quite big. Sometimes there will be bird nests in the vineyards and dad will call us to look at them and of course Nadia liked it.
My parents loved Isabelle and Nadia. They loved to show them the animals. he girls loved all the animals that my parents had especially chickens. Most of the time my parents had chickens, pigs and sometimes rabbits. One year my parents did not have rabbits so my uncle Mario Pessoa showed them some that they had and the girls were thrilled.
My mum was often sick, but having us around made her feel so much better. Like always we were fortunate to meet some members of our family. I always loved to visit Tio Aleixo and his wife. We had a great time. Like always we had a hard time saying goodbye there was always a lot of tears shed.
Rent my condo, N604 Sonoran Spa, Puerto Penasco Mexico
Nadia sitting by the fireplace in Serredade
Beautiful pillars in the Palace of Bussaco
The beautiful Bussaco Gardens
Tara, Nadia and Isabelle in the Gardend of the palace
Tara and Nadia when she was three years old
Nadia in front of the 144 steps and the small cool waterfall
The Neo-Manueline style is predominent at the Palace
The palace is a luxurious hotel
The swans swim infront of the palace built between 1888 and 1907
Nadia in a Cantanhede festival
Nadia loved mum and dad's chickens
My dad loved to walk with his first grand-daughter at the beach
My dad loves watching the fishermen pull the fishing nets
Dad picking small fishes for Nadia
Praia de Mira fishermen at work in Praia de Mira
Nadia helping to wash clothes in Serredade
Myself and baby Isabelle on our hammock in Serredade
Mum preparing lunch, Isabelle, Nadia and I
Nadia helping harvest the potatoes behind our home
Uncle Vitalino and Tia Altina holding her little daughters
Nadia visisting my tia Altina and her cute cat
Nadia loved to pick potatoes and helping grandpa
My cousin Marito with my daughter Nadia
Mario Espada with his wife Celeste
Tio Aleixo and Tia Fernanda with myself and the girls
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