One of our favorite places and happiest moments in Portugal was spent running around the Casa de Mateus, a former palace/summer home to many a succession of fancy families. The grounds include a whimsical garden, simple shaded benches and even a cedar tunnel, planted in the 1940s. The roses, topiaries and vineyards were outrageous, but when we came upon a ripe grove of cherry trees, we were all but lost to this heavenly spot . . . Time stood still as we grazed directly from the full branches in the afternoon sunlight. We were cherry thieves and gorged ourselves on the sweet fruits.

If You Go:
Casa de Mateus
5000-291 Mateus
Vila Real, Portugal

1 comment:

  1. damn. this place looks amazing. love the one of D hopping the bush. you guys rock.


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