I'll start with Lisbon, since that come first. I'd never been there before, and now I'm dying to go back and spend more time all around Portugal. I had a free day the last day, so I took a food-and-wine walking tour that lasted nearly 6 hours. We had traditional, extremely strong coffee and pastries, cheese and port, cherry liquor, beer, a variety of seafood treats, and local wine -- along with a bunch of stairs, a ferry ride, and lots and lots of history. It was fabulous! Our guide spoke beautiful English and was so knowledgeable.
Lovely and very rich pastries at Pasteis de Belem(sorry, I can't figure out how to add the accents in blogger...)
|wall ornament seen from the trolley in a hilly area near the castle|
|Wonderful graphic design for one course of a great dinner -- I think this included a scallop, a turnip, and about 8 other flavors!|
|One of my favorite views -- looking at the castle|
Shortly after returning from Lisbon, my sister and I were off to Asilomar to take a workshop with Hilde Morin. It was called "In and Around Town" and the project was to create your own vision of a town, cityscape, village... working from a photograph.
The class was one of the best I've had! Hilde was full of information and helpful ideas, patient with everyone, and taught a variety of techniques -- and she'll be there again in 2016 if anyone is interested...
Next up: New Orleans, and more pastry!