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Day 2 - Vila Nova do Milfontes

May 30

Today was our first day on the bikes and a really easy ride, around 25 miles. If I didn’t mention it, we opted for e-bikes on this trip and it’s really nice. We don’t use it all the time, but if you have a hill to climb it’s worth it. Here is an overview of today’s ride.
Today’s ride was along the coast, through the Alentejo countryside. There are sections that remind me of the rocky Oregon coast.
The weather is pretty hot, so at the end of our ride we opted for a cold beer. We couldn’t ask for a better view...and we didn’t ask for the sand fleas that crawled out of the bamboo mats.
Our day ended early so we jumped in a nice refreshing pool. We leave in 30 minutes for a great local fish dinner!

Posted by Slough 10:05 Archived in Portugal Tagged bike portugal Comments (0)

Back to Portugal

May 22

We wrapped up our 3 week stay in Saint Cyprien with a nice hike. Here are a few parting pictures of our stay. We are really going to miss our morning croissants at the boulangerie and our after bike ride cocktails at our favorite bar.
This morning we woke up at 5am to start our trek back to Portugal where we met up with our friends and old neighbors from Houston, Ed & Ginger. We are spending a week in Ferragudo on the Algarve coast of Portugal. It’s been a long day with a few unknowns, like flying EasyJet. It’s all good!

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Unexpected Side Trip

Day 9

Today started out with high hopes but ended with rain. When life hands you lemons...you go to a winery. Our day started in Tavira with some sightseeing and then the rains began. The flowers are inside the gardens of the castle.
This is the view from home verses what we drove into.
We started back home and decided to make a little side trip to a winery Quinta da Tor. It was up the side of the hill.. it’s a chance to try some new and interesting Portuguese grapes.

Posted by Slough 10:40 Archived in Portugal Tagged portugal algarve Comments (0)

Rain Delay

Day 8

Today started out cold, dreary but dry so we ventured into the old town of Albufeira. We were both surprised at how many tourists there were and the town clearly is catering to the Brits. The central square was teeming with people and the pan flute players from South America. Those are musician that really get around.
Our goal was to walk around town and find a good fish lunch...mission accomplished! I had found a restaurant on Yelp called Casa da Fonte and it got good reviews. We had a wonderful lunch...for me the best so far. They cook over charcoal which gives everything a wonderful taste.
By the time lunch was finished the rain started up so we just headed home for rainy day movie watching.
I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight the sweet ride we scored. A body of plastic and tires the size of donuts. It has surprisingly good pick-up (unless you’re headed up hill or pulling in front of a speeding truck or BMW).

Posted by Slough 07:27 Archived in Portugal Tagged portugal albufeira Comments (0)

Farthest Point in Europe

Day 7

It turns out the hardest part of this blog is remembering what day it is. Today was our exploration West to the farthest most point in Europe. We started at Cape Sagres at the fort where Henry the Navigator hung out and planned is explorations. It’s very pretty and perched on the point of the Cape. I might point out OSHA does not exist in Portugal...Greg is standing on the edge of a cliff with vertical cliffs.
After the Cape we went to the little harbor where the fishing boats come in. The water is so clear you can fish and starfish.
This is the place where all the restauranteurs come to haggle over the catch. You’ll see in this warehouse a bunch of seats, stadium style, and a conveyor belt that goes in front. Would have loved to see them in action.

Then we walked out to the end of the jetty. It was a serious amount of cement. We walked along the top of the wall which was 4’ wide and about 20’ down. For someone who hates heights, it kind of freaked me out. One thing they did to build A protective wall is to create these jacks made out of cement.
Next stop was Salema. We’ve been following Rick Steve’s Portugal and this is one of his favorite towns. The beach is gorgeous with sugar fine sand. The weather has been sunny and just a bit cool-ish, but if you find a sheltered spot it’s wonderful. This is the view from the restaurant deck. We tried Cataplana (fish, shrimp, potatoes in the form of a stew). I really liked it and Greg hated it. He is still commenting on how much he disliked it so now gets to pick the next 2 restaurants. Outdoor it have been the 2 glasses of wine that made it so delicious?

Posted by Slough 11:30 Archived in Portugal Tagged portugal albufeira Comments (0)

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