14-Oct-2012 -- I stayed in Lisbon to attend the ESICM annual meeting and report on the results of our team. It has become now usual to spare some time during these professional trips to allow us 2 or 3 days of discovery of the hosting country and pay visits to a couple of CP.
So we visited N39 W9 on Sunday Oct 14th and N40 W8 on Thursday Oct 18th.
This first CP is located 33km from the center of Lisbon and is easy to reach by car; it is therefore the most visited CP in Portugal and this is the 9th visit. Previous visitors experienced some difficulties to zero the point due to vegetation overgrowing but some cleaning has been made around the “Quinta o Palhas” since the 2011 visits and we could quite easily read the exact point on our receiver.
The point is located on the eastern edge of the property and one can reach it just by walking through a former vineyard without entering the “Quinta o Palhas”. This made our visit easier as there was a large wedding party going on in the “Quinta o Palhas” hall at the time we made our confluence dance!
Interestingly, fields in the area are framed by quince tree hedges and one of these fruits perfumed our car for the rest of the week. Afterwards, we also paid a short visit to the Arruda dos vinhos church that was built in 1531, before driving back to Lisbon.