Great Times During A Cold and Rainy Week

Our friends John and Velma were here for one week. According to the Algarve locals it was probably the coldest, wettest March week in recent history.  The sun usually shone for at least a few hours everyday and we made the most of those hours.  I will admit all the rain and wind and cold put a bit of a damper on our holiday plans, but we still managed to have lots of good times. Pottery shopping in SagresSavoring the great food at an Indian restaurant in Praia da LuzChecking out the most southwestern point of Portugal at St. Vincent’s Lighthouse

Wine tasting in Silves

Photographing the sailboat fountain on the outskirts of Lagos, something I have wanted to do ever since we arrived six weeks ago. Discovering the shoreline village of CarrapateiraEnjoying the soft sand and cool waters on the beautiful Praia de Bordeira Taking time for a happy hour at 4:00 everyday that included gin and tonics, appetizers and a round of euchre. The guys usually won the euchre matches but on Sunday night Velma and I managed to turn the tables. Browsing in a flea market in Lagos. Dave bought some fresh figs for us to share. 
Appreciating a marvelous meal at the Bistrot Gulli in Aljezur.  I had pumpkin ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and served with a creamy fig sauce.  So good!

Hiking down to the Ponta de Piedade
Smelling the pepper corns on a pepper treeSeeing the view from atop the bell tower on the cathedral in Faro on a very cold blustery day

Hiking to Lagos on another cold blustery dayHaving supper in Lagos with Dave’s brother Paul, his wife Shirley and their friend Ken. Paul and Dave and John are cousins but before the end of the evening John who loves genealogy had explained ways everyone at the table was related to each other with a variety of Mennonite family connections.

Posing in some great scenery in SagresHaving a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the village of SalirVisiting the fort at Sagres

Listening to the waves roar on a cold and windy hike at CavoireExploring the village of Burgau after hiking there from our homeEnjoying a Chinese dinner in Praia da Luz on our last night there

Riding a tram across the Tigris River in Lisbon.  

We spent an afternoon in Lisbon before John and Velma went to the airport to fly home to Winnipeg and we headed off to spend some time in the Alentejo area of Portugal. 

Despite the bad weather we had a good week with John and Velma that included great conversations and lots of laughter. 

Other posts……..

Up and Down With the Browns

A Family Affair That Started With Excitement

Small Wonders

 

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