Phayo, Franche-Compte, Elounda, Jum

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Leaving Portugal’s inspiring landscapes
Portugal Coast

and homey comforts
Us in car

for busy booming Switzerland
Switzerland

was *kinda* hard. I mean, who wants to leave a country where homemade soups and buttered toast fingers figure prominently on restaurant menus, and run-of-the-mill fields are home to exuberant displays of wild flowers and squadrons of pollen-drunk honey-bees…
Fields

Not to mention the peaceful river beaches large and small that are scattered all across the country and along Portugal’s sparsely populated west coast
Riverbathing

and a capital city as elegantly laid-back as Lisbon. (Even M of the Wide Open Spaces didn’t want to leave!)
Lisbon

I really only managed to lure him away with the promise of Port in Oporto….
Old Wine

On our first day in the country we overheard a young Englishman lecturing his dad on Portugal’s misguided touristic development: “There’s nothing here for the tourist, Dad” he whined. “This is what you do here, you hang out under trees and drink coffee and beer.” He forgot to add: And have a fantastic time! We loved the unhurried pace and how strangers would take the time to share their life stories- their around the world adventures- across a cup of soup in a steamy Mom and Pop restaurant, or even on a random street corner. Stories that reminded us that Portugal was once a big-shot colonial power, and still is an emigrant country
Ship

Other in-country favourites: Sampling (and re-sampling) fresh out of the oven Pasteis de Belem
Pasteis de Belem

casing unusual, century-old treasures
Golden Treasures

cool urban art
Street Smart

and mysterious hidden nooks and crannies
Alter

Then there’s the field research on Port Wine
Douro Valley

and the obligatory self-experimentation with its many varieties
Port

The rare and lovely Brunfelsia latifolia, aka Yesterday (purple) Today (lavender) and Tomorrow (white),YesterdayTodayTomorrow

sighted at the grandiose Quinta Aveleda, symbolises our Portuguese experience perfectly: A low-key, highly enjoyable blend of old and new, in a marvelous and mercifully undersold country.

4 Responses to Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

  1. December 9, 2015 at 19:09
    Brigitte Fischer says:

    Our Rivercruise was wonderful. With the wineleaves getting colured, the warm light of the setting sun enyoing the sceenery with a glass of portwine on deck was very relaxing. The drink we were talking about on your stay in Switzerland I did not find on any list of beverages and I was to shy to ask. But I still had a taste of it recently: Visiting the youth theater here in my hometown performing Nutcracker. Among the drinks at the bar there it was – named “Zuckerfee” (they always serve drinks with names corresponding to figures in the story) and I fully agree with you – absolutely delicious!

    Hope to read soon more
    Brigitte

  2. Dear Regine und Andi, Welcome home to cold and rainy Switzerland, a shock after the warm balmy days in Portugal. Don’t forget our dinner on 17. June on the banks of the Limmat. c u soon.
    stef

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