We've just visited the medieval town of Monsaraz, Portugal with an English family that we have become very friendly with. While traveling we often find kids for Ana and Porter to play with, but Zander is usually left out. In this case our friends have a 12 year old boy and a 7 year old girl that also attend the local Spanish school. They have been in the town for 12 years, so we regularly look to them guidance, but it is such a bonus to have similarly aged children. We had a lovely overnight trip with them including a visit to several walled cities in Portugal and finally an overnight stay in Monsaraz. Due to its strategic location, Monsaraz has been occupied since before there was a historical record. From the hilltop location and above the banks of the Guadiana River it is postcard perfect. Currently there are only 37 full time residents, but the village has been preserved as sort of a living museum and we had the place to ourselves in the late evening and early morning. The kids enjoyed exploring the parish castle and with no one else around were able to play some futbal in the most amazing setting. At one point they lost the ball over the castle walls and I remember thinking, if you are going to lose a soccer ball how cool to say you kicked it over the walls of a medieval arena.
|private soccer game in the castle|