Tuesday, February 10, 2009


We left Monday evening around 8:00.  We made it, though we are all happy to be free from the spooky environs of airports, and the pulse of life they provide.  Everyone napped a bit on the flight from Charlotte to Frankfurt, but I knew it would be a long haul when I opened my eyes at 3:30 a.m. to find Farrar glued to Mama Mia.  I settled on back to back episodes of Flight of the Conchords and drifted in and out till the next morning.  Zelle and Bishop watched High School Musical 14, or whatever the number.  No one got too sick.

The flight to Lisbon was much more relaxed and comfortable: more space and better naps.  A fast cab ride carried us to our hotel, and we mostly sat in silence, Farrar and I thinking we should've spent more time learning the language.  We managed to communicate a few essentials: the location of the main Avenida and the Tagus River in relation to the hotel.  We knew enough to say "obrigado" and drag ourselves into our room.

We took a stroll through the immediate area and ate at Delfim, upon the recommendation of Ricardo from the hotel.  Good call, Ricardo.  I still don't know why we staggered around for half an hour wondering where to eat, what to do, but I suspect it had to do with the lack of sleep and nutrition.  We probably asked half a dozen more people to suggest a dinner spot, and among them I'll bet they knew enough English to compose a solid sentence or two.  It was all very refreshing, if unhelpful.  We were a bit early to Delfim, so had the undivided attention of the proprietor. Everything was quite delicious and our walk back to the hotel, through the night, was much more lively.  




Delfim made it easy to embrace the local cuisine, even for Bishop, who has enjoyed two ice creams, the rough equivalent of a loaf of bread, with plenty of butter, and a pineapple in his first 6 hours in Portugal.  And as he pointed out, he also had "some of an egg" so he should be good to go.



After dinner the owner taught us some words and poured us a small shot of a "sugar liquor" before we headed home for an early night.  Oh yeah, lots of pastry shops in the neighborhood, so add that to the diet of champions, first thing in the morning.

13 comments:

  1. Hey yall I miss you so much and can not wait to see yall in June. Zelle we all are missing you but have fun. I love you soooo much.

    Love
    Ansley

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  2. So glad you guys made it!! Makes me laugh to think that I thought I had had a busy day! I am already addicted to your blog. Alex, your a natural. Keep it coming! xoxo Bette

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  3. Thank you Zelle for the blog adress! I am very glad that you had a safe travel and hope that you have a TON of fun!!!!

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  4. Hi Richardsons! So happy to discover "blogging"! Alex, I'm determined to get your mom over there. Once you get settled, please let us know the best time for us to plan the trip. I would think sometime in June or July. Can't remember when you will be coming home, but I would love for us to do a little traveling while there. Look forward to more blogs and pictures! Love, Ann Rose

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  5. I wish you and your family a very pleasant stay here on Madeira Island. Bem vindo.

    Don Amaro

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  6. I am now envious of you and it is such a joy to see the pictures. All is well at home. Dad/bear

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  7. Ummm you forgot something... ME!!! I'm so glad you all arrived safely. Zelle, can you believe I figured out how to blog? Thanks for giving me the link. I look foward to the updates on everything. We miss you and love you guys. Ashley, Charles and Alston. P.S. Alston made be put her hair in braids today for Girls on Run. She said, Farrar does it better and faster

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  8. Hey Zelle! I'm glad you all had a safe trip to Portugal and I look forward to reading more of your blog! Senhorita vocĂȘ!

    Emilee

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  9. Hey Zelle! I love all of your pictures on the blog. I bet the play ground and those little car thinks you rode on were a ton of fun! I hope you are having a lot of fun because I know it looks fun! We have the first play off game on Tuesday and we are all really excited but miss you. Soccor is starting soon and I am getting really excited about that too! We all miss you here a lot. I hope you and your family are having so much fun and I hope you have a great V-day! Wish your dad luck and know that I love you and your family and I miss you sooooooooooo much!!!

    With lots of love
    Ansley

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  10. OMG!!! I love those pictures y'all put up of the puppy! It looks so cute. Also those purple flowers are amazingly pretty. Not sure if that is a word. But any ways I love looking at what you put up. Every thing is just great here. Is every one there having fun? I miss you all so much!

    Love
    Ansley

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  11. Hello Everyone! I am so glad that you made it there. Those flowers above the river is amazing. That chocolate cake looked good. How do you like it there? The whole fith, maybe sixth grade has been looking at your blog at advisory time. We all miss you!

    Love,
    Will

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  12. i agree with will about every thing ya;ll are like a missing puzzel pice we miss ya much ,
    bonnie

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  13. Who knew that trying to find Farrar on Facebook would lead me to finding you all on a different continent????? Your adventure sounds great--very excited and happy for you. Farrar, I'd love to catch up sometime. I can't believe how big (and lovely) Zelle and Bishop have grown. But then it's been almost 6 years since I saw you last.
    Anyway, have fun and I'm glad I found you. Here's my e-mail, Farrar. I'd love to hear from you.
    emmylulu1@embarqmail.com

    love,
    Katie Kelly

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