The main point of my visit was to attend the Christening of my grand-nephew or great-nephew (apparently there are different names used in England or the US). He was born in San Francisco, but was in Portugal with his Mom and Dad to be baptized surrounded by his family.
The baptism was held at the St Michael Catholic Church in Sintra, followed by a lovely reception lunch at a beautiful estate nearby - Vila Eugenia - with views to the Sintra mountain. It was for sale too, so if you have a few spare millions and would like to wake up with those views, this is for you!
|Vila Eugenia - beautiful gardens, views and interiors|
I also managed to get together with some friends at my former place of residence near Coimbra and we had a wonderful lunch organized by one of my friends.
Family dinners were also almost a daily occurrence when in Lisbon, when we would all sit around the table for hours chatting away.
Top right to left - 1 & 2 - lunch w/friends 3- family around the table.
Bottom right to left - 1- more friends at same lunch, 2- my daughter and I with my husband's brother,3- family around the table again.
And of course there's always the wonderful Portuguese food, cheap and tasty. Oh how I miss such wonderful food...
|Some of the traditional Portuguese food that I ate|
And then we all left the day after the Christening - a niece to Angola, my daughter and son in law to Amsterdam, me back to Perth and my eldest niece, husband and baby, back to San Francisco...
My poor sister and brother in law had to do 4 trips to the Lisbon airport, as we all left at varying times from early morning to late evening.
Half-way through the trip, while sitting in the plane waiting to take-off to Perth, at Dubai Airport I spotted this plane that was being pushed past our plane. Isn't it pretty?
|African animals painted on an Emirates plane in Dubai|
It's time to start thinking about the next holidays...