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Golfing at Villa Sol

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Darlene, Greg and Jack golfed at Villa Sol today and enjoyed the lush green challenging course. Many sand bunkers and water hazards appeared from nowhere!

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Sunday in Tavira

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Took a leisurely drive to Tavira, a lovely fishing town with castle ruins, many churches and wonderful, quaint old town buildings. A river runs through the town and a ferry shuttles people to a white, sandy beach in the distance (which is really a sand bar). The streets are narrow and wind in and out taking the “White Tornado” (our van) on quite a ride. Beer and Sangria at a river-side restaurant capped a wonderful day!

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Seville Spain

Our day began at 5:30 a.m. as we had to catch our bus to Seville by 6:20. Seville is a 2:30 hour drive but a 30 minute rest stop got us into city by 10:30. We began our tour visiting the 1929 Expo site. The following video is the Spanish pavilion constructed for the 1929 Expo but it took 14 years to build – as you can see it is truly magnificent.

We spend the afternoon in the old town visiting the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede and it’s Giralda tower. (3rd largest behind the Vatican and St Paul’s in London) This video shows one of the many fabulous altars.
We had lunch in the Jewish Quarter and wandered through the old town, shopping and stopping for cold drinks as the temperature was 37 degrees C.

We had a brush with Royalty! As we left a Ceramic shop, the police were outside the door directing pedestrians to move aside as Camilla (Duchess of Cornwall) and her entourage passed and went into the Ceramic Shop we had just exited. Charles was visiting the castle nearby but we didn’t have time to stop to say hello as we were hurrying to the bar for beer and tapas.

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Day at Beach

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After a lazy morning and a lovely sleep-in, we walked down to the Marina for a taste of suckling pig which is a specialty that the Portuguese are crazy for. Although we all gave it a try, Jack was the only one to give it a ringing endorsement. The afternoon was spent relaxing on the beach – the water is very cold but some adventurous swimmers did dip their toes into the water – our boys were busy enjoying the sights of the topless sunbathers and didn’t venture into the ocean.
Dinner out at a nearby restaurant that overlooked the ocean...where our waiter, Raphael, enjoyed the banter with Jack and gave us great service including a special serving of grilled sardines so that we could all have a taste before we decided what to order.

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Historical Algarve

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DSCF0342.jpgOur bus tour through western Algarve began in the town of Silves where we explored an old Moorish castle and cathedral. Our tour bus then climbed the Monchique mountains to Foia the highest point of the Algarve. The summit was foggy and obscured our view but we enjoyed the hospitality of the inn keeper at the summit who introduced us to Portuguese Fire Water – a combination of alcohol and diesel fuel! We made our way down the mountain to our lunch stop where a 3 course meal was provided along with Red and White Wines and liquors including the infamous Fire Water.

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After lunch we visited Cape Saint Vincent, the most south-westerly part of Europe known as the end of the world. The light house and fishing harbour were captivating and the view was breathtaking. Lagos was our last stop and we wondered through St Antony’s Golden Church – the altar was covered in 24 Karat Gold... truly amazing.

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Also visited the museum and wandered the streets along the indoor slave market (the first in Europe). Our tour guide, Anna, was very informative and our driver, Marcos, kept us all entertained with his assurances that all Portuguese women have mustaches and hair under their arms!

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