And so, the planning for Portugal has begun.
We will go to Portugal for lunch on Sunday 23 April, which is two days before Karma, Rob, Lili and Eden go back to London after being DownUnder for five weeks. It’s REALLY scary how quickly five weeks can go.
Anyway, back to Portugal. The lovely Scott and even lovelier Lara are coming to Portugal with us, so it will be a fairly large family affair.
The Portugal factsheet and placemat are attached below. Did you know that:
- Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery, which was 50 years before France, Spain, Britain or the US.
- Portuguese is the sixth most-spoken first language in the world, and is the official language of nine countries.
- The oldest bookstore in the world is in Lisbon.
- Portugal is the oldest country in Europe. It has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.
And the food. mmmmmm! Grilled chorizo sausages, piri piri chicken (the Portuguese invented piri piri sauce!), grilled sardines and, of course, Portuguese custard tarts. Portuguese green wine is worth trying as well, apparently. Dan Murphy’s, here we come!
It’s going to be quite a crunch timewise, so I’m very glad that Rob will be here to help. The only word to describe Rob is the kitchen is amazing.
Tchau for now