Françoise is planning a tour of the cork factory on Thursday and in preparation she had requested we take her to see the cork trees and so this morning, with that in mind, we headed off to a place that Gwen M had introduced us to a couple of trips ago, and the village of Alte.
Alte is situated away from the coast and is known as one of the most typical and unspoilt villages in the region of the Algarve. The village contains Algarve style whitewashed houses, traditional chimneys and many cobbled alleys, most going up up and then up again!! A great workout for the gluts!! In essence, Alte is a wonderful place to wander, and wander we did.
On route we made a couple of stops, one of them to pee……as Marc was sighing with relief behind a bush, he suddenly heard a noise………
This little fellow was so happy to see us. Wagging tail, happy grunts……..I’m certain he would have happily licked us if we could have gotten inside the fence!! A big happy boy!!
In the cork forest right beside an orange orchard.
The mighty cork tree, these harvested probably a year or so ago.
The history of these trees is amazing and worth a moment or two of research especially for those of you that imbibe in the occasional glass of vino!
The nespera is just starting to form on the trees.
Walking along the road in the middle of the cork forest. In awe!
Picking,or should I say stealing oranges?
I always hug the cork tree to say thanks!
It’s a good thing their glasses are dark to hide the mischievous looks!
Another stolen orange!
How lovely it was to wander around, up and down the winding road, exploring what might be blooming, enjoying the fresh air and getting a little exercise. From there, onward to Alte. Once there we wandered around for about an hour or so then found a place for lunch and then, hit the cobblestone streets yet again to burn it all off. Lots of physical activity today.
A Portuguese man and his ass!
OK, so just how did that bike get up the tree?
Up up we go…….yes Françoise, you have to go all the way to the top
She loves that the doors are just the right height…….
Lovely view off in the distance.
A Hobbit you think? Françoise says it’s cause she is Number 1!!
Flowers blooming everywhere
This beautiful vine was growing out of the tiniest hole in the stone wall.
GI Joe, wrapped safely in a blanket and I think, hidden by somebody.
Lemon flowers blooming.
Every kind of cactus imaginable.
Blue is his colour.
Molotov Flan, is a signature and very traditional egg white flan in Portuguese dessert making
Françoise had dourado
Marc and I had frango
Françoise said these folks must have visited Rome at some point!!
What a profile
And yet another profile
These beautiful clusters were lining a flower bed near the river.
I love this look
I think I’ve taken this every trip to Alte!!!
Saw this today for the first time. Set high in the wall near the church
Lovely fruit in bloom on a vine…haven’t a clue what it is
Too bad the ladder is in the way….lovely colourful door.
A street urchin!
Another lovely door.
Blooming from a succulent plants.
Love this colour.
This is a moth, similar in size and behavior to a a humming bird
A tranquil view in Alte near the fountains of Alte.
A cormorant on the river bank drying out.
From here the drive home with one stop. because it was so lovely we couldn’t resist it.
A happy man at a wall of gorgeous yellow blooms…..see our featured photo of the day for detail.
Just to give you an idea of how large this wall of vine was.