Subject: Portugal and Small Paris Hotel
Good morning Ziners - in cleaning out my office this morning, I came across a travel article by Gerry Hall, a former Toronto Star travel editor. A few weeks ago, there was a discussion on Portugal and this article recommends a particular complex called TAT in Armacao de Pera, Portugal. There's an English pub, The Runner, where you could purchase a pint of Portuguese beer for about $2.15 Canadian and Sunday roast beef dinner including Yorkshire pudding, three vegetables and dessert is $11 or $8.75 if a senior - these were April 2001 prices. The beach is part of an 11 km. crescent of sand. There are also 14 gold courses within an easy drive. In 2001, four people sharing a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment paid about $10 per day for a three week stay. The apartment included a large kitchen and combo living and dining room with 2 balconies overlooking the sea.

You can contact in Canada the Portuguese Trade and Tourism Commission, 60 Bloor Street West, Suite 1005, Toronto, ON M4W 3B8. The phone number is 416-921-7376.

The next recommendation is from Bill Taylor, Staff Reporter at the Toronto Star who recommends the Grand Hotel des Balcons, 3 rue Casimir-Delavigne close to boulevard St. Germain. Phone 011-33-1-4634-7850 or fax 4634-0627 - they speak English.

Hotel has a charming Art Nouveau lobby and an excellent breakfast buffet. Two stars but better than most.

He also recommends Chez Gramond at 5 rue de Fleurus. This seats only about 2 dozen people, the menu changes daily and has some spectacular wines. Jean-Claude Gramond is the chef and his wife runs the front of the house.

Pat, Ontario