For me I felt that the best part of this trip was the journey we made together to the Santerem district. Within this area of Portugal are many holy cities, the most well-known of which is Fatima.
I discovered that one of these cities had a connection with home, as the monastery in the town of Batalha (main entrance pictured) contains the tomb of king Joao the first whose wife was Philippa of Lancaster. Their marriage fostered an Anglo-Portuguese union that facilitated trade between the two nations at the time for fish, cloth and wine.
The tomb of both is under the ‘star’ vault, which is named for its elaborate ceiling (as shown in the picture), with the hands of the two joined to symbolise the positive relationship between the two countries.