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Sunday, April 03, 2016

ABroad in Portugal -- Warm Beginnings

February 1st we flew to Faro, Portugal from Liverpool. I had not been to Portugal before and was looking forward to some warmer weather and more sunshine that the UK in February usually brings. My stepson has a mobile home in Cabanas, about 8 miles from the Spanish border, on the Algarve coast. We were to stay there for the month of February.

Indeed it proved to be much warmer than the UK with daytime temperatures generally reaching the mid teens centigrade to the low 20's. (mid 60's to low 70's F) The first week was one of the best with lots of sunshine. My stepson stayed with us for the week and so we were able to get a good feel for the place and to find some of the best beaches. In fact The first day we went to a place called Barril Beach, which was absolutely magical. We parked the car by the salt marsh and took a walk across a footbridge to a train station in what seemed to be the middle of no where. Within a few minutes a train the like of which I'd never seen before trundled up. We bought three very cheap tickets and boarded an open carriage.

The Man, who is a bit of a railroad buff, was not sure what to make of the engine -- it was meant to look like a steam engine, but definitely was not. Perhaps when the trains were  originally being used to transport workers to the tuna fish factory, which is no longer, the engines looked like this. The train runs for only a few miles over quite beautiful salt marshes ending up at the sea. There is also a path along the tracks for those wishing to have a pleasant walk that isn't too challenging.

At the end of the track we came to a short board walk onto a beautiful sandy beach right on the ocean. What a treat it was to be able to sit in the warm sun and unpack our sandwiches on the 2nd of February with the surf in the distance and a blue blue sea!


There is much more to write about -- but I think I will eek it out for a while!



22 comments:

  1. Sounds like the great escape from the UK drizzly weather. Looking forward to reading more about you stay.

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    1. It was a great escape from the weather here! Now at least the sun is shining, but I do wish for a bit of warmth!

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  2. That sounds wonderful. And something a bit unreal, with this odd little train coming along out of nowhere to take you wehre you wanted to go!

    I don't know this bit of Portugal and look forward to your next posts.

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    1. We enjoyed our stay very much and look forward to more discoveries next time. I loved that odd little train and wish we had managed some more time on that beach.

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  3. Happy to read about your beautiful trip. Waiting to read more!

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    1. Thank you -- it was indeed a beautiful trip!

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  4. Don't stop. I can feel warm sunshine soaking through my fleece jacket!

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    1. I wish I could feel it here in my rather chilly study, Joanne!

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  5. That sure does sound nice!

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  6. I can almost feel the sunshine.

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    1. Hopefully Portland will soon give you plenty of your own!

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  7. So wonderful! I also love the blue blue sky, as well as the sea! :-)

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    1. And the blue was the perfect blue, too!

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  8. Good for you! Taking time out to enjoy some sunshine is the best kind of therapy during winter months. We go south too, to California where one of our children lives and where we still have many friends and old neighbors.

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    1. It's wonderful that you can do that. Your part of the world is so beautiful, but I can imagine in winter it can get rather wet -- even more than the UK!

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  9. Nice to have a bit of a roast in the sunshine during the winter. We are in the SW of France, so although we get wintry days, we do also have a lot of days of sunshine, with the sun having enough heat in it to give us a good roasting if we sit out in the shelter of our courtyard. It is lovely to feel the bones getting warmed up! Look forward to reading more about your trip.

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    1. Thanks, Vera. The older I get the more warming up my bones seem to yearn for!

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  10. You've been away for such a long time and now that you're back, I want to know everything there is to know about the Algarve because it is on my list of future holiday destinations ;)

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    1. Hi there, Martine! I hope you get there -- probably best in the off season when the temperatures are no longer in the 40's, I suspect!!

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  11. One great thing about the Algarve is you can get to Lisbon by train. Maybe you didn't do it. I like Portugal and people are very welcoming.

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    1. I have not got to Lisbon yet. The Man had his agenda and it was toward Spain -- but next time Lisbon it is. Everyone I know who has been there says it is one of the best cities in Europe.

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