Posts Tagged ‘10th Anniversary’

Somebody Owes Me Money

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

My Wedding Dress Still Fits on my 10th Anniversary!

Dennis and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary today. Yay, go us!

When we were married, one of our guests bet me 100 bucks that I wouldn’t be able to fit into my wedding dress in 10 years. Of course, they lost the bet, but darned if I can remember who it was who bet me!

Drats. So, as proof, and just in case said person is reading this…you lose!

Portugal, Day 15 – Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Dennis at Quinta da Regaleira

Clare With Lion Sculpture

Beautiful Fountain at Quinta da Regaleira

It was our last full day in Portugal and we had a promise to fulfill.

We promised Pedro we would visit the Quinta Da Regaleira before leaving, so we took a day trip to Sintra. It was easy to navigate the Subway to the Train Station and soon we were zipping away with Lisbon behind. I was excited because I knew we were in for a treat!


Portugal, Day 13 – Douro River Tour

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Wine on The River Cruise - How Delightful!

Time for a rest day. We wake up early and walk down to the Douro river docks to our cruiser. We scheduled an all inclusive tour; river boat cruise, tour a winery in the Douro valley, then take the train back. We were excited for a nice relaxing day and to taste the wines of this famous region!


Portugal, Day 12 – Coimbra Walking Tour, Train to Porto, Dinner at Ode Porto

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Unfortunately, it was our last day in Coimbra. In the morning, we strolled around the beautiful and romantic gardens of Quintas Das Lagrimas.

Clare and Dennis Fountain of Tears
First we saw the fountain of tears (where Inez de Castro was assassinated back in the 14th century). She shared a forbidden love with Prince Dom Pedro. Sad.

Romantic Gardens of Quintas Das Lagrimas
Then, we ambled over to where Inez and Dom Pedro Met. We shared a kiss to commemorate the couple, who risked everything to be together!


Portugal, Day 11 – Saint Clare Monestary

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Monastery of Saint Clare in Coimbra
After a lovely and ample breakfast, provided by the Quintas, we visited the Saint Clare Monestary. Since I was named after Saint Clare, it was very cool to be seeing this place! After our little walking tour of the grounds, we had a lovely coffee at the café there; sampling the special Clare Pastry. The pastry was small, light, and fluffy with almonds.

Queen Elizabeth decreed this monastery be build in 1314, for the Order of Saint Clare. The grounds are very extensive, in part because of the wealthy local citizens and royalty who contributed though out history.

Dennis Dwarfed Inside Saint Clare Cathedral

Apparently, in 1677, the monastery was abandoned as it was flooded by the Mondego river. Between 1929 to 1940, it was restored. It was opened after the archaeological excavations from 1995-2000.

Arches Inside Saint Clare Monastery