Judy and Peter - Spain and Portugal 2015 travel blog

Downtown Faro ready for the festival

The salt farm

Pete and me on our Segways

Feels like we are in the Aussie bush...eucalypts everywhere

The bus to Faro

Flamingos on the waterways

Little tourist train around town


Well, I wasn't planning on waking at 1:00am today. Joe had seen I was online with Skype so decided to give me a call. I didn't realise I should log out if I'm not available to take calls oreople think you are ready and waiting for them to call. We had a frustrating time of trying to chat as the wifi my end wasn't too good. I moved out to the reception area to see if the reception was better there. No such luck. That was it for me. I couldn't get back to sleep. I woke Pete at 7 so we could grab a coffee and croissant before walking to the station.

Our bus to Faro was scheduled to leave at 9:00am so we packed up and checked out, giving ourselves plenty of time to walk to the station. It was a lovely cool morning and we were some of the few people out and about. We found our platform and boarded the bus when the driver was organised.

We had a comfortable and pretty fast trip. Faro is in Portugal so I had to change my watch back an hour as it's in a different time zone. We arrived at the bus station and decided to organise our train ticket to Lisbon before we found our accommodation. Train tickets were easily organised for 8:24am tomorrow morning. Off to the accommodation. We are staying in a guesthouse called Sao Filipe I found on Wotif. It is €50 a night so I was very surprised when we arrived. It is certainly a guest house...small room, minuscule bathroom, 1 power socket (how will I charge the phone, iPad, cameras, Fitbit)? Oh, the joys of modern travel. It's a bit of a comedown considering we paid €60 for a very nice hotel in Córdoba. No drama, all part of the experience. The staff were very friendly and to.d us there was a music festival in town tonight.

We went for a walk around town and into the old section where the festival is being held. It's a fairly small town on a river with the beach about 10km away. I had arranged for a Segway tour for us commencing at 18:00 so decided to have a little lie down before the tour. I'd had some trouble communicating with the tour operator and it looked like I'd organised the tour for another town. Anyway, managed to get it sorted and we meet our guide at 17:30 at Hotel Faro.

Our guide Andre picked us up and took us to the nearby national park. He u loaded the Segways and gave us a lesson on how they work. It was a bit scary to start with however it didn't take long to get the hang of things. We proceeded for the first 10 minutes or so with the speed inhibitors on to make sure we knew what we were doing. Then, it was off and racing. It was heaps of fun and neither of us had any real drama operating them. The first area of bush felt like being in Australia. There's lots of eucalypts and other trees we would find in the bush around Perth. The water birds are very similar as well. We rode past a large area using for salt farming and piles of salt that had been harvested. Then on to an area of the Algarve where the rich and famous have houses. Houses sell for multimillionaire up to 23 million. There's also a number of high class golf courses, one that charges €200 if you need to hire a buggy. Not sure how much a game of golf is. Andre mentioned that Portugal is having its driest year for 70 years so the countryside is not looking it's best.

We spent an hour and a half on the Segways and certainly enjoyed the experience as well as the opportunity of learning something about the local natural environment. Andre gave me the name of a few dishes he recommends we try while we are here so in the way home we stopped at a cafe in our streets and ordered cod Catalan with salad. It was delicious. Good recommendation Andre. I also got to wear my windcheater top as it was a bit cool sitting outside for dinner. It's the first time since we came away that I've felt the need for long sleeves.

We intended going for a walk around town to listen to some of the music however went home for a little rest beforehand. You guessed it, we went to bed and didn't go out to listen to the music. I heard some through the night but that was by accident, not design.



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