A good reason for my silence on here – I’ve been away. A lovely two weeks in the hills of the eastern Algarve, a mile from the nearest village with fabulous views down into the valley and out to sea.
We had no internet access; we couldn’t get the television to work, and it was HOT. Even by Algarve standards it was hot, so we spent lots of lazy days in the pool or reading/slumbering on the verandah.
Those activities don’t make for the greatest photos, but here’s a few. Quite early on, I met a handsome man sitting on the sea wall in Olhao. He seemed very nice, so we palled up, and I’ve even brought him home with me!
We did try to visit a few places, including the pretty town of Tavira, once a stronghold of the Moors. We found a beautiful oasis with the remains of the castle, a church which occupied the space where a huge mosque had once stood, and a restaurant with wonderful shade. This is the pretty garden within the castle walls.
Just outside the small town of Estoi – about five miles from where we were staying – we discovered some amazing Roman ruins once the site of a massive villa with its own temple. There were some fabulous mosaics still intact, and the site where the pool had been clear. Unless this was me waiting for the pool at our villa to be filled! One day we took the ferry across to Culatra Island, where a small fishing community live, and which has a fantastic, unspoilt beach – golden sand and beautiful sea. Here’s a picture from the ferry – I look hot and bothered, but the woman next to me …
Surely she deserves a short story of her own!Tags: holidays