Cafe MERCEARIA E GARRAFEIRA ((( Caves São João )) AMAZING STORY !

Cafe MERCEARIA E GARRAFEIRA – ((( Caves São João ))) = AMAZING STORY !

stopped by this am along el Camino
nicest lady served me grande water, grande coffee w/milk, ham & cheese on bun.
wrote some postcards and she offered to mail them for me.
stamped my passport and I signed cafe’s Camino book  …

visited with this gentleman on my way out and back on trail …

interesting window and door down the street …

several miles away i realized i DID NOT PAY !!!!

Met this nice lady as I stopped at a cafe to see how to get back to Cafe to pay

She speaks Portuguese & French – not English
i get her a pen and she writes something about family …

This young man comes by and offers some interpretation …

She offers to take payment to the cafe for me 

Shortly up the road I see a business ” Caves São João ” so I go in to leave a thank you note! Her nephew speaks english, greets me, invites me to join him for sparkling wine at the company …

The business started by his grandfather ninety-seven years ago!

… we visit and drink what amounts to a bottle of chilled champane.

He invites me to his home for lunch his wife has prepared OMG  tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, fresh fish stew w/potatoes & beef stew & rice & bread & wine & chocolate ice cream and the best fresh peaches from their trees … visit with them their son who is off to Italy to begin engineering study. OK yes she packed a supper for me to take with me! AND filled my water bottle with chilled water! 

SOME DAY I HOPE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEM FOR A VISIT IN THE USA. 

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