The old Archbishop’s Palace in Braga, Portugal consists of three different buildings with varying characteristics, due to their construction during different time periods. The eastern wing, Gothic in style and dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, faces the brilliantly colored and meticulously landscaped Santa Barbara Gardens, so named for the statue of Saint Barbara which stands in the center fountain. We wandered over there today after lunch at a nearby restaurant. For someone who has difficulty cultivating weeds, it was a breathtaking dessert after our meal.
I did say this was as good as dessert. In a way, yes. But we’ve also discovered the Portuguese national pastry, pastel de nata, a custard number not to die, but to live for. More on that and other fare next time. In the meantime, bom apetite!