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Day 5: Lisbon, Portugal
As I left off yesterday, we arrived in Lisbon, Portugal the following morning. In the brochure I was carrying, I found a place to stay. It was The Hotel Lisboa Plaza. There was this guy who had these fancy pants on who did not want to let Ziggy in.

I told Ziggy to wait until I came back. I registered, went up to the room and looked out the window to see where I was and how far up I was. I tied some sheets together and went back outside. I told Ziggy to walk around to the alley and wait. She did and I went back up to the room.

I opened the window and dropped the sheets I had tied together down to the alley and got Ziggys' attention below my window by hitting her in the head with a piece of candy that was on the pillow. She took her time climbing up the sheets. Although she has had a lot of experience climbing and considered by most an expert at climbing, she was in another country. Cats climb different in different countries ya know.

When she got up to the room, we had such a running four days, we decided to get some much needed rest. So we slept for several hours. When we woke up, we decided to go see some sites. So, I took some things out of my backpack and hid her inside.

As I walked through the lobby, everyone was watching me I thought. Here I come to find out that Ziggy's tail was hanging out of the pack going this way and that. She doesn't care. I'm the one who's gonna catch heck if we get caught!

We first saw the Belem Tower. The Belem Tower was built from 1512 -1521. It protects the harbor and the entrance to the Tagus from aggression. Orinally the tower was used as a prison, and below the waterline it was a bastion for explosives and powder storage. The tower itself contains the 'Kings Chamber', which occupies the width of the main facade.

We then went to Chequers Bar & Restaurante because by this point, we were starving. Chequers is a loud place. A DJ spins tunes five nights a week (the other two nights are reserved for live bands). While we had dinner, we heard every sound from Rolling Stones rock to 80s hair metal to cheesy Euro-pop dance tracks. A good mix of locals and British expatriates stick to themselves in a small, but cozy front bar area that serves up all types of English spirits, beers, and cocktails, along with Portuguese beers.

The dinner was superb but what was even better was this Pao Doce which is Portuguese Sweet Bread. It was fantastic. Ziggy and I met with the pastry chef in the kitchen and he shared the recipe with us. Here it is!

Pao Doce
(Portuguese Sweet Bread)

(4 loaves)

2 pkg active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm potato water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup mashed potatoes
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons salt
6 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 to 10 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in potato water. Stir in the 3 tablespoons sugar, potatoes and ginger. Cover; let rise until doubled. Scald milk; add salt and cool to lukewarm. In small bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs; gradually beat in the 1 3/4 cups sugar. Stir into yeast mixture. Add butter and mix well. Stir in 2 cups of the flour, then milk. Add 2 more cups of the flour; beat 5 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough.

Place on lightly floured board and knead int remaining flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning in grease top. Cover; let rise until doubled.

Grease four 9 X 5 X 3-inch loaf pans. On a lightly floured board, divide dough into fourths. Shape each fourth into a loaf; place in prepared pans. Cover; let rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

Buon appetito!

The music was really getting me and Ziggy going so we got up and showed them how us Americanos could cut a rug. It didn't last long though! A big, I mean big, bouncer came and threw us out. Apparently, they don't dig cats dancing too much. I know it wasn't me. It couldn't have been me. No way Jose!

We had some major traveling to do the following day, so we went back to the Hotel that had the guy in the fancy pants standing at the door. Tomorrow, we head for Zaragoza, Spain! I'm renting a car so Ziggy can get her beauty sleep. See ya on Day 6 - Zaragoza, Spain!

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