MY FIRST TRIP TO PORTUGAL

Pestana Palace Hotel entrance

Pestana Palace Hotel entrance

My hairstylist, Matthew Shields and I, went for 2 days to Lisbon where L’Oreal asked me to speak at a conference on beauty and aging and do a bunch of interviews. Never having been, I was delighted at the opportunity.

We stayed at the spectacular Pestana Palace Hotel built by Marquis of Valle Flor who made his wealth during colonialism as one of the major cocoa producers. The palace was recently turned into a hotel without damaging any of the structure or art of the original.

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This view from my window shows the stables across the street where the Marquis kept his horses.

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Staircase going to my room

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This is what I looked up at when I lay in bed. It’s all so beautiful and I applaud the people who restored it, but couldn’t help thinking of the slave labor that allowed such wealth.

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The corridor to my room

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This is the ceiling of the room where I was interviewed.

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The first evening after our arrival, the representative of L’Oreal suggested me go to the Porto Santa Maria, about 40 min north of Lisbon on the beach. I can’t recall having had a more delicious meal of fresh cray fish and bass. This was the view from our table.

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The crayfish were still moving when the chef showed them to us.

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It was while I was sucking on those delectable legs that my tooth—or rather the veneer on my tooth—came out.

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Matthew and I had a good laugh helped along by the best bottle of Portugese white wine. I wanted to ship a case back home but they don’t export it. Worth going back for another visit. Fortunately, the head of L’Oreal Portugal has a brother who is a dentist who had just returned to town and he met me in my room after dinner to put the veneer back.

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Our main course was sea bass coated in sea salt and baked

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The salt is scraped away and the fish was melt-in-your-mouth fresh and delicious as were the vegetables.

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The next day was the conference.

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. . . and then a luncheon of most of Portugal’s beauty editors and other journalists in one of the palace’s dining rooms. It was fun until my tooth came out again

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One kind lady at the lunch loaned me her fan to cover the damage until my kind new friend, the dentist, made a return trip to fix it again. That’s Matthew next to me.

We returned to Los Angeles the following day and I went straight from the airport to my dentist who, on Monday, will put a new (hopefully permanent) veneer in—just in time because we start shooting 3rd season of “Grace & Frankie” on Tuesday.

By the way, the 2nd season will start (streaming) May 6th and I assure you it is really funny…better than 1st season. We previewed the first 2 episodes of season 2 at the Tribecca Film Festival on Thursday and I am told the packed theatre laughed and even cried. There are some very touching moments. After the screening, Gayle King interviewed Lily and me and it was a lot of fun. It’s always fun with Lily.

Stay tuned.

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  1. Please forgive me for addressing you as ‘Jane’, it should be ‘Ms. Fonda’.
    So many years in your ‘company’ gave me the illusion that i know you 🙂
    I hope you can understand that. That’s the magic of it all, quite frankly 🙂
    Love
    Isabel xxx

  2. My last comment still awaits moderation 🙂
    Dear Ms Fonda, a simple “Hello” from you, would be bliss… It would really mean a lot 🙂
    Love
    Isabel xxx

    • Hello Isabel. I’m so sorry about your “comment still awaiting moderation.” I don’t understand what the problem could be. I’m so sorry. Hello again, Jane

  3. Ms Fonda, thank you so much for answering back 🙂 you just made my day.
    No worries about the “moderation” delay, it was totally worth it. 🙂
    I was wondering if i could send you a picture and have it autohraphed. Is that in anyway possible?.. Since i’m in Portugal…

    Thank you and Hello 🙂
    Isabel xxx

    • That should read YOUR picture, of course 🙂 i’m sorry.

      xxx

    • Isabel, send the picture to me at P.O. Box 10927, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210

      • Dear Ms Fonda, i sure will! 🙂
        I can’t thank you enough, you truly are special 🙂
        Love you!
        Isabel

      • Hi Ms Fonda, just to let you know i sent the picture(s) today (there are copies for you to keep). There’s also a short letter for you to read if you have the time, of course. Just some words of appreciation and a bit about myself. 🙂
        I’m not sure the postal office included my address on the package, but if not, please let me know so i can give it to you.
        Thank you once again, Ms Fonda, this was on my bucket list all along 🙂
        Love to you, now and always.
        Isabel.

      • Hello Ms Fonda 🙂
        Not wanting in any way to monopolize this comment section, but i was wondering if you had already received the picture(s)? and the letter?
        Thank you so very much.
        Sending my love your way <3
        Isabel xxx

  4. Dear Ms.Fonda,

    My name is Ellen and I am a fifteen year old from Ireland,also a very big fan of yours.

    I feel very lucky and privileged to be able to write a comment on one of you’re great blogs!

    I just wanted to start off by saying how you are my hero,I adore every movie and TV show that you have been in and of course as an actress too!

    Although I have never met you I do wish with all my heart that one day I will be as great and as successful as you are. The spark you bring to each role you do is so brilliant and I look up to you greatly!

    Thank you for being my hero Ms.Fonda,I would be lost without someone like you to look up to!

    Thank you for reading my comment X
    Best wishes
    Ellen Salmon 🙂

  5. Lol! You’re so authentic, especially pertaining to your dental mishap. I loved your explanation of details from your trip. I feel as though I was able to experience a world-class mini vacay just from reading your blog… so Thank You! Can’t wait for Grace & Frankie season 3.

    Kindest Regards from Texas♡.

  6. Hello Ms. Fonda,

    What a lovely visit you had to Lisbon! I found that area delightful. The old world feel and warm of the people made it one of my favorite travel experiences to date. They value their history and the architecture is just stunning. Looks like you enjoyed it. You have become one of my favorite actresses/people of all time. If you ever find yourself in Iowa speaking or visiting, I hope our paths cross!! And we share a birthday…so here’s to us!! ❤️

    Thanks for your spirit and light!
    All the best to you!
    Lisa

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