And Another Chapter Closes

This morning I headed to the Faro airport at 6h30 to drop Pat and Gary.  I hated to see them go, not only because it closes another chapter for us and puts us that much closer to heading back to Canada BUT because we enjoy their company so much and will miss our daily routine with them.  That said, I know they will be enjoying two glorious weeks in the Cotswolds with Jenny and Paul.  Safe travels mes amis and enjoy Jolly Ole England.

In the meantime we’ve been enjoying our glorious weather, some hiking, wonderful meals and of course our annual Good Friday visit to Alcoutim and the Festival of Sweets!!!

Once we finished our hike we headed into Moncarapacho to meet the others for lunch.

Good Friday we headed for our annual trek up through the mountains, a few stops along the way to enjoy vantage points, pees, a bica and lunch then arrival in Alcoutim for the Grandmothers Sweets Festival!!

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Always a fun drive and time.  Pat and Gary decided to stay at home and enjoy a lazy day by the pool, a walk into Fuzeta for lunch and organization of laundry and suitcases.  We missed them but it made perfect sense for them to take some time to themselves.

From Cachapo we headed on to Martim Longo where we had already determined we would  stop for lunch, a place that we had enjoyed on previous trips where several large stork nests existed.  Built in entertainment and great food.

Alcoutim was busy and loads of fun.  We wandered, checked out the goodies but did not purchase.  Explored the town, enjoyed a relaxing period on a patio then folks headed back to pick up a few “treats” for home.

And last, but certainly not least, the purchases of the day…….which were put on the table after dinner with forks for all but me………and away they went!!!  There are left-overs for the record.



  1. Lovely photos of the festival of sweets. Alcoutim is such a lovely town. I have to say the apple tart looked Devine! Glad to see the Easter Bunny showed up on his busy day. Changes today as Pat & Gary go to jolly old England! Halifax spring is arriving as we reached 17C today.


  2. I wish we could have been there with you! The pastries look terribly good! Which one did Marc have for Benoît? We miss you guys! Happy Easter to all of you!


    1. Marc says he had a bite of each for Benoit!!!!!! Happy Easter to both of you…….we too still miss you both. We had lunch at Ana’s yesterday and today and today we saw Susie and Gus…..everybody asks about you.


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