Although a strong wind has moved in, the temperature continues to soar and in combination, it was perfect for our activity of the day………..heading to Vila Real da Santo Antonio for a day long cruise up the Guadiana River as far as Foz de Odeleite. We all five totally enjoyed it as our photos will prove.
Waiting to board in Vila Real
Marc and Carlo
Celine and Marc
Patricia and Marc
Myself and Ester…..our wonderful guide from last year who remembered us and shared another wonderful day with us.
We boarded at 10, a little late as we had to wait for a delinquent bus from Albufeira. Once underway it was a perfect breeze, not many folks at all, we had our pick of seats, or standing space and simply enjoyed the ongoing commentary and the vistas on both the Spanish and Portuguese riverbanks.
Look at that smile!!
And that smile
And that smile
Pat of Ayamonte in Spain.
Many old houses along the riverbanks on both side. Most of the abandoned and in various states of disrepair. .
Marc totally enjoyed the trip as you can tell.
I’m drawn to old abandoned homes and wonder about their history.
Cattle grazing near the river bank
What stories it could probably tell.
This really called out to me
Wind turbines in Spain
Almada do Oro, a tiny village with an existing population of 30!
This entire mountain side seemed to have been groomed although it was in the middle of nowhere.
Serious talk going on there!!!!
Avoiding the wind blow look?????
The Portuguese coast line.
Once we arrived in Foz de Odeleite we disembarked then a leisurely stroll, about 2 kms, through the tiny village before arriving at the restaurant and lunch.
Love the colours
The rooster on this chimney was a bit different from many of the others. Not certain the photo captures it.
This little critter watched us from on high. Suspicion!
We stopped in the tiny cheese factory where they make fresh goat cheese……..the smell was sublime.
Amaryllis growing outside near a house.
Our group as captured by Ester
Another interesting chimney
Somebody likes blue glass!!
Many flowers along the way
Love these colours, they almost look hand painted.
A small vineyard near the restaurant.
Our path up to the restaurant.
Wild gladioli lining the pathway
Tiny beautiful blue flowers
Lunch was wonderful…….roasted piri piri chicken, fresh cheese, bread, potatoes, salad, oranges, vino, soup……..hot from the kitchen and kept coming until you say you’ve had enough. Once that was done, a couple of hours of entertainment……cheesy but so much fun.
Happy cause lunch is being served!!!!
Ready to dig in!
We manged to have a table to ourselves.
Look at those smiles.
Yes, I did manage to sing a note or two!!!
A remarkable day……..great memories for all of us and between the sun, the wind, the food, the drive there and back……….it’s just after 21h00 and we are all heading off to bed. What does that tell you??