Travelling south from the Duoro river one comes across the Serra de Estrela (Estrela Mountains), in the Estrela National Park. The area is dotted with villages and in places you can find people living the old ways. They have a mountain cheese, which is especially good when it becomes a little runny in the middle (think of brie cheese). In the village of Sabugueiro you can buy your own EMD - Estrela Mountain Dog. It is a big dog, fierce protector of the herd and gentle with children.
While driving in the mountains, I came across Pedro, the goatherd and his dogs. The big dog behind him is a real EMD. The rest of the dogs seem to be cross breeds between pavement specials and streetside terriers. Pedro and I had quite a chat, considering I know 20 words of Portuguese.
With this picture I will sign off for 3 to 4 weeks, as I will be visiting the Curry Wurst Museum in Berlin and the beer garden known as West Flanders.