Travel day from Seville, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal. Along the way, we were treated to a lunch at the beautiful 800 acre horse ranch "Brito Pates". The ranch is owned by Maria Brito Paes and her four sons. They breed Lusitanian, English and German horses. These are not racing horses, but more for riding, exhibition and dressage.
Entry to Exhibition Barn
Pure Lusitanian Horse
Maria's youngest son on horseback
Entry to Ranch House
View of ranch land
Cork trees, among other trees, grow in great numbers along the road side to Lisbon. I never realized that cork is from the bark of a certain kind of oak tree. The bark is peeled away in sections from the tree and harvested every 9 years in order not to kill the tree. I wonder who first put some cork bark in a wine bottle?
The tree is painted with the number which indicates the year it was harvested - in this case 2011. Then in 2020, the tree bark will be ready for harvesting once again.
Pile of Harvest Cork Bark
Truly a day of wondrous discoveries. We'll be in Lisbon in time for a late dinner - this being a "civilized country", of course!