One of the best discoveries of all of our travels to Europe is a small village in Portugal north of Lisbon with stone houses that have been converted to small apartments for tourists. The name of the little town is Aldeia da Mata Pequena and we stayed in the apartment named “Caso do Jasmin.” Among the ammenities were antique decorations, a kitchen sink carved out of stone and warm bread served each morning by the owner.
Another amenity was the town dog, whom we nicknamed “Sparky” because we couldn’t say her real name. She would come to visit when we were out on our little back patio. She wouldn’t respond to our English but did accept our small gifts of bread and cheese. When she barked, I’m guessing she spoke Portuguese.