Pampered in Portugal

Travel - July 1st, 2011

 I have been enjoying 3 weeks of travel and work in the Lisboa area of Portugal and I must say the narrow medieval streets with wrought iron balconies and slow living is wonderful. I visited some special coast towns that have long lured sun and surf seekers- Cascais and Estoril. The mountain town of Sintra oozes charm and romance (even as a solo traveler!) with it’s mountain fortresses, palaces and strong energy. I walked a replica of the ancient Chartre Labyrinth which was so interesting- as I walked the white cobbled path I felt like I was back on the Camino… after I learned that the labyrinth came to be as alternative for those who could not undertake a walking pilgrimage. The reflections even on this small labyrinth were strong and insightful.

The southern region of Algarve is well known for it’s beaches, however I again found myself in the mountains looking down on the bustling coastal towns. The village of Monchique is exquisite with healing thermal waters (pH 9.7) that feel like silk on your  skin. Even the air  feels so velvety that I felt the sensation of almost drinking it!

My good friend and fellow yogini, Dory, has come from the UK to travel with me for a week. Our final stop in Portugal  was the coastal town of Lagos- a charming town despite its popularity as a travelers destination.

We are traveling to southern Spain- Andalucia- with our first stop in Sevilla…