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Christmas was a wonderful break here and I had many chances to relax, watch my favourite TV programmes and sleep later in the mornings. Soon the advance bookings will start for the summer. Clever guests book far in advance before we have set our prices for the summer but this year I have set them early so there might not be the same rush as last winter to take advantage of the cheapskate summer prices. But we will still have great prices. We must because we are not in the city centre.
I drank more wine over Christmas than I intended to although by most people’s standards, it was little I suppose. On Christmas Day we opened a bottle of Cabriz red, one of my favourite Portuguese reds but too expensive for every day drinking. We also opened a bottle of Casal Garcia white which is a very pleasant Portuguese white. It was bought by one of our guests from the UK and went down very well with the chicken cordon bleu. Kumar is our chief wine taster and seems to be developing quite a taste for the better wines here.
He is here saying cheers to everybody with a glass of Casal Garcia.
In 17 days Goma will arrive at Lisbon Airport from Kathmandu and Dubai. It will be an exciting day. Kumar will be waiting at the airport while I look after our guests. I hope Goma remembers to go to Kathmandu Airport on 14th January haha.
The picture at the top is of our Mercado da Ribeira right opposite to Cais do Sodre station. It has hundreds of small restaurants under one roof at the market place and is a magnet for visitors to Lisbon who want to try all the various foods on offer. I highly recommend this food court to all our guests.
Have a Happy New Year everybody.