Tavira

The Moors invaded and occupied The fortified river crossing we know as Tavira twice, once in the 8th Century AD until the 13 AD and left an idelable mark on the town then again between 27th March to the 2nd April in the year 2017, yet again leaving an idelable mark on the old town as they brought with them the wrecking ball Ashley Moore !

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The invasion begins with the Moore’s creeping up behind the Elliott’s who are heavily out numbered !
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The leaders of the warring clans broker a peace deal and seal it with drinks.
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A beach walk gives Ashley one white arm and one pink arm, not quite the image for a wreaking ball !
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Duffins talking…..
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Still talking…..
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Talking n drinking….
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With “Jimmy” just relaxing
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Over the river for a bit of all things Spanish.
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Time to eat in a little casa restaurant in Santa Luzia
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Showing Ashley how to peel a prawn ! Β It’s like watching a monkey mend a watch …
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The wire man
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Simon shot off to get the drinks and came back with alcohol free bottles, that’s a first then, he explained it was a translation error at the bar and promised it wouldn’t happen again 😊

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They think it was funny !!!!!
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More walking….
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…..scenic views…..
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……storks on nests in Silves…..
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…..& shopping
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A room with a view across Tavira and its river.

so as they departed deals were struck, mainly around catching up again in England for some drink and food at the bar called Simons, where a hand picked cask conditioned brew is being prepared for our arrival, it was great to see family and friends on our travels and as you can see we had a cracking week. Tavira once again seeing off the Moore’s as the pink armed wreaking ball sheepishly boards his flying machine.

So we off northward to Lisbon !

Castro Marim – Odeleite

After another visit to Santa Luzia for a few days to recce Tavira for The Moore’s arrival we shoot off to the hunting club on the top of the hill in the mountains of Odeleite barragem complete with all things boar !

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Getting the wrong side of these guys is not a bright idea and they roam the mountains !
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To the West is the Barragem….
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…to the East is Spain over the river
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So which way to cycle….

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The hills are alive with the sounds of bees n birds
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Alcoutim, you can ferry over to Spain and zip wire back ! If you fancy.
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This is the Swedish neighbour geared up for his African Moroccan trip.

Moncarapacho

After a crunching time trying to get parked in Fuzeta we moved swiftly on to the hills of Moncarapacho and Franks Orange and Lemon groves high in the hills. With as much fruit as you can eat and all the amenities €10/night is a bargain, so much so we stayed over well past our expected moving on date, but what the heck eh !!!

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It’s where a man can sit and think πŸ€”
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High up on a mountain side someone builds a folly !
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Weird but good

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Franks place down there somewhere !
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There was some good eating in town and a market selling anything you want apart from live birds due to the bird flu epidemic
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Just a few to help combat the onset of scurvy you understand πŸ˜‹

Praia dos Tomates

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Close to an empty beach
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Funny looker but a good eater πŸ˜‹

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Loads of free space πŸ™‚
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Even room for the German busses !

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Beautiful sunsets

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One of the beach cafes open further along the beach
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A short walk into the harbour for all things retail !
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There’s always a downside to everything

What a find, off the beaten track down an old sandy road which opened out to a large car park to the rear of a large beach hut cafe, closed for the winter with room for loads of camping cars right on the beach a mile West of Villamoura, no facilities but still a bargain for the peace and tranquillity.

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.