As I mentioned in my last post, I spent one night at a pousada while in Portugal. A pousada is basically a state-owned hotel operating out of a renovated historic landmark, like a monastery, castle, palace, or other architecturally and culturally rich building. There's about forty-some pousadas across the country, but the one that Laura and I stayed at was located in the hills of the Douro River valley, overlooking the water below.
It was gorgeous, of course - essentially a nobleman's bed and breakfast. Our pousada had a parlor, a game room, a beautiful dining area, manicured rose gardens, several elegant fountains and so forth. It even came with its very own wedding party.