One perfect day

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18 Mar 2016

Here’s my seventh answer to the list of questions in Stephanie Fox’s Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge:

7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?

Often the perfect travel day is one between thrilling adventures. Just bumming around doing the laundry and drinking coffee.

One perfect dayI think my best day was in Lisbon. I had nothing much to do, so I caught a bus out to Conchas in the suburbs – and here I heartily recommend the Citymapper app, as a godsend in getting places by public transport in strange cities – where I had earlier looked up the location of a Little Free Library.

This turned out to be a cute little glassed-in bookshelf in a park. I left a couple of books and took a couple more for further travels.

A few metres away, a cafe beckoned on this rainy day, and I ordered a cafe and nata – one of the small and delicious Portuguese custard tarts.

I watched as passersby trudged through the damp, and then I spotted a young man checking the books. He took out a few – my books! – brought them inside and sat down with a coffee.

I introduced myself. Turned out this fellow was the keeper of the library and a fascinating person. We chatted, I bought him a nata (which he showed me how to eat properly, with cinnamon on top) and he told me about himself and his library.

Books are two a penny, but the thoughtful, caring, generous souls who run these little book boxes are gold. Meeting a friendly local is perfect.

For more on the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge visit The Four Cats Plus Us (gotta love that title!) – where Amy Evans displays her love of polar travel. To participate, ask Stephanie at her Facebook group here.


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