Alvor

Alvor it is then for the rugby weekend, stayed on the designated camper park for €4.50/night, busy due to the closing of the Portimao site. Always good for a fish supper and an Irish bar or two !

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Another dooer upera !
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Lunch with a view
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Everyone seems to have an opinion on my goatee! If it was on George Cluny it would be seen as cool ?

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Careful where you walk !

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Sagres,Lagos and Figuiera

Sagres sits on the very southwestern tip of Portugal, lands end, as we would call it, Figuiera sits between Sagres and Lagos so it’s one rough, beautifully scenic coast line.

We parked in a free unofficial car park with other like minded mixed nationality campers and had a good first night, next night settled in to be moved on at 21:30 by the GNR, so off to Lagos to arrive very quietly at 11 pm !

So a few nights in Lagos then off to Figuiera for a pleasant few days in a very nice French/Portuguese run aire.

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Sagres harbour

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…….that’s it, got moved along !
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Lagos
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Every expedition starts with “un cafe”
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Rock Oyster beds gently washed by the tides in the lagoons
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Caught this strange looking creature grazing away and swimming like an aquatic butterfly, beautifully marked close up.
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The coastline around Figuiera

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Mole cricket, I think !
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The spring almond blossom

 

Armacao de Pera

Back to the coast with the weather forecast of a weekend with some rain. So we set up on the high ground and broke out the waterproof gear. The village proved a nice place to be with a good mix of eateries and a bars, showing all that weekends six nations games was The Water Dog, result yet again.

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Set amongst the Eucalyptus trees shedding acorn style bombs from up on high, scares a man to death in the dead of night !
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Rugby oasis
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Scenic coastal shots.

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Flower shots…..
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……trumpeter……
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…..tea drinking flower….
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….Spring is springing through the springs !
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Little church with a tunnel below connecting the two beaches.
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She’s seen the light !!!
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The Clacking Storks squatting every tall chimney.

Castro Verde

Off inland to the steppes of CV and to hunt the elusive Great Bustard, the heaviest bird that flys, so it should be easy then !

From the top of the town you have uninterrupted views of the plains to the horizon, in the words of a Canadian local I know “if you kick your dog you can watch it run away for two days”. So off to explore.

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CV high on a hill
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So you need a windmill

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Some weird architecture
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Old doors……
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…..and roundabouts with a farmyard theme !

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We asked the firefighters where the Great Bustards could be seen but to no avail….
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….so we set off in hope…

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Looking everywhere
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Asking everyone we passed

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Yes, cattle,donkeys, puppies and sheep that don’t understand traffic signs..
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So lunch it was

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We even looked down the well, nothing only reflections.
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So as spring sprung all around….
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….we headed back
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Then would you believe it, a GB, result !!!

Santa Luzia & Sao Bartolomeu de Messines

One of our favourite places next to the Ria Formosa the pontoon bridge and the little red train perfect for bird life and walking the long beaches. A few days in the car park in the sun before we move off to Sao Bartolomeu de Messines to meet up with Nina & Pete for more eating, drinking and card games !

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Settled in for a few days
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Over the river via the pontoon bridge….
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Then onto the train to the sea.
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Anchors used to dry the fishing nets while waiting for the tuna to run

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No twin tubs here only soap and elbow grease
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Harbour side at Santa Luzia
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Messines hidden away in the hills reveals our New neighbours the Hudsons !
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Food first to fuel the mountain walks, my choice was wild boar and a wise choice too !
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So off we go
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It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and lost !
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Cork, you should never buy wine with a plastic “cork”
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New life as it’s spring here in these hills !

Castro Marim and Villa Real de Santo Antonio

Portugal after Spain is like Anderby Creek after London, a different pace of life altogether. Castro Marim has two strategically placed castles to fend off the Phonecians, Moors, English and Romans to name but a few so it was a busy place in times gone by, spilling blood guarding the Portuguese/Spanish border divided by the Guadiana river, so we took the ferry over for 5 Euros !

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Don Quixote (Knights Templars actually)…
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….and his foe !
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From one castle….
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…to the other
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They wouldn’t let her in at first, she said she was from Mansfield

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They can “keep” her, lock, stock n barrel
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You can see our house from up here !

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Spain this side, Portugal the other

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Seville

Time stands still for no man, so we needed to move on from Alphonsos place and find our own way in the world, namely Seville !

Parked a little out of town near the docks, bit of a dark road down but good to see Seville for a couple of days, so tapas it is then !

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Plaza de Espana……..

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…..even the ceilings are a work of art…..

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….must have cost a pretty penny in its day.
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Tapas evening

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A winter market, Mecca for the vegetarian
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A city worth visiting, probably not for a haircut though !