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May 13, 2010 - Ponte de Lima

The day before the wedding, the girls head over to the Paris family villa,

whose pool area was turned into a day spa.

They enjoyed a day of lounging

and pampering.

Outside, the grounds are striking,

but I have no idea what this is.

After the morning's festivities, we get caught in a Ponte de Lima traffic jam

on our way into town.

The road into town leads us past a driveway with a crazy midieval town built into it.

In case you need directions in Portuguese.

Downtown - the main intersection.

The Lima River and the namesake Ponte.

Jill and Gaby gab on their leisurely stroll across the ponte.

Looking back at the town from across the river.

Jill and I sit down to a couple of pastries and beverages. This one was the best, thought it more or less explodes as you bit into it.