Today we headed off, the three of us along with Benoit and Diane, to enjoy a little of the western Algarve.
Given Françoise is heading back to Canada in a week (February 15th), we are hoping to squeeze in a few day trips to take in some of the beauty of the Algarve she has not yet seen, and a few repeat things……her list is written!!
Today our journey took us through the rolling countryside, abundant in farm land, groves of olives, oranges, carob trees and pastures of grazing cows and sheep…..lots of sheep!! We eventually ended up at our first destination…. Cabo de São Vicente. This cape is the southwesternmost point in Portugal. For me it’s reminiscent, but different than, Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland.
The soaring cliffs are breathtaking.
Tucked away between the rocks, protected from the cold Atlantic winds, the flowers thrive
The lighthouse calling out to the passing ships.
A view facing the north western coastline.
The wind was a bit nippy but the sun kept us great company.
Brave souls picnicking on the edge of the cliffs near the parking
Rugged beauty of the coastline
The succulents are just getting ready to bloom
Benoit protecting his cap from blowing away
Marc and Françoise trying to see Mom and Walter across the water!!!
The sun shining down on the water creating a sea of diamonds.
Just as we arrived…..Marc, Benoit, Diane and Françoise
We enjoyed wandering around, taking in the vista,reading the available descriptions and chatting with a couple of vendors near the parking area then climbed back in the warmth of the car and headed into Sagres for lunch…….after all, it’s always about the food!!!
Here is a better look at our octopus rice.
Benoit and Françoise both had dourada.
Françoise, Diane and Benoit…….wine is on the way!!! Yeahahahaha
Marc and I………I’m driving so only water for me and Marc kept me company with water also. We’ll make up for it this evening!
Octopus rice………Marc and I shared this and couldn’t finish it all. The photo does not do it justice…
Diane enjoyed grilled frango
Marc’s fig tart……….he almost licked the plate!
I loved this old Citroen….and it’s name….Dolly. My parents had a car named Dolly!
Dolly from the front
The view over the Sagres harbour.
I came across this old dilapidated building with this statue of St. Anthony sitting in a niche on the wall.
Benoit, Diane, Marc and Françoise. Fed and ready to move on to our next stop.
We decided, at Benoit’s suggestion, to head to Lagos and treat Françoise to a walk along the beautiful promenade, which runs along the Avenida dos Descobrimentos (avenue of the Discoveries) right beside the water front. With the gorgeous sunshine it made for an incredibly satisfying end to our day of exploration.
The Sagres shoreline. High tide so the beach was hidden.
Françoise, thoroughly content and happy with the day and the new memories.
Part of the beach not yet covered in water and a couple of visible caves.
Marc enjoying a stroll on the sand……..he got his feet wet from an unexpected surge of waves!
My happy fella, content with life in general and the day in particular!
Sunbathers enjoying the sand and each others company.
BEnoit and Marc walking along the promenade.
Françoise and Diane walking along the promenade.
A church steeple hidden in the old town.
These two characters were not at all fazed by Marc’s presence.
Me enjoying the day.
Marc caught us unaware
Walking along the beach
Another beach shot
And another beach shot
Benoit enjoying the promenade
Me enjoying life in general. I’m a pretty content and happy man!
What would a day be without flowers
Flowers in abundance
Flowers are popping out everywhere.
FRançoise, Diane, Benoit and myself on the promenade
Bobbing in the harbour.
From here we headed home, about an hour and a half drive…lots of giggling going on in the back sea from Marc, Diane and Françoise.
As we were leaving this morning, this fellow was sitting on a tree beside the car……
And shortly after we arrived home tonight, here was our sunset.
I saw it all the time and I’ll say it again in closing……life is grand and we are very blessed to be living the way we do.