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Mar 27, 2007 - Snowbirds in Europe, Five months in France, Portugal, and Spain

We left Kjersti's in October to head south. Michael has decided he is allergic to snow. We were going to spend the winter in the same place as last year...sunny, warm, southern Spain. We decided to do a little sightseeing on the way so we went via France and Portugal. You know how you always hear the French are so unfriendly and won't speak any language except French? Not true. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly, helpful, and could speak as much English as we could French. Actually, 99% of them spoke a lot more Engligh than we...

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Dec 19, 2006 - Close Phase Five

I always thought of our three and half months or so in Europe as "phase five" of the trip. Furthermore, I always thought that when we reached the southern beaches of Portugal, that this phase would be over. The reason is that from here, we will be seeing friends on through Christmas, and then we begin the next phase which includes portions of the Middle East and Africa. How exciting! But Europe was not without it's challenges. Sure, Europe is an easy travel in general, but in many ways, the internet has changed everything about travelling...

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Sep 18, 2006 - The Algarve - beach culture without the culture!

By far the main achievement of my 3 day visit to the Algarve was taking a salt-encrusted local bus to one of Faro's many heavily populated beaches, spending a few hours splashing in the Atlantic and bronzing up, then taking the salt-encrusted local bus home again. Just like I did yesterday. And just like I will again tomorrow! In Faro, where the livin` is easy, the streets are sleazy and the food is mighty greazy, there is not much else to do other than fry on the beach by day and fry your braincells in the heaving nightclubs by night. Alas...

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Jul 18, 2006 - Faro

Faro seems like an alright town, for alright people, if you want an alright time. But after Lagos it could be said to be a little bit lacklustre. At least I have had Kelsey to keep me company while I wait for Ryan and Amy to get their deal together. Amy missed her flight and they pulled into Faro a day too late which unfortunately is going to cost her about a thousand bucks. Ouch. But those two love birds will get a few more days together so like any good crack addict you just ignore the loses and appreciate the fact that you got your fix...

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Jul 5, 2006 - Lagos, Portugal

After Malaga we made our way to Lagos, Portugal. It was a mission and a half. First we took a train to Seville. We had to hang out there until midnight before we could catch a bus to Faro, Portugal. There are no direct trains to connect the south of Spain and Portugal which made things difficult and pricey. Seville was so pretty and had some kind of major sale going on all over the city so we shopped a little. There are some really gorgeous buildings there that we checked out but its hard to take quality night photos. When we got to Faro it...

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May 21, 2006 - Heaven & Hell

May 20: There are always moments in a trip that truly stand out. Our trip up the Duoro river was just such an experience. A three hour trek consisted of part bus, part lorrie (pick up truck) up to the site of Churchill's Quinta (vineyard). Views of all of the different producers quintas; Graham, Taylor, Franscescoa and many, many more with the terraced vines rising up and up from the river were outstanding. The day started menacing with storm clouds. As we climbed the 1000 or so metres into the clouds we were apprehensive about being packed...

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Oct 31, 2005 - M: Tavira and our beach animal instinct

Our last stop in Portugal was also one of the most enjoyable. The rain dared not follow us in this lovely fishing town, where no one is denied the right to enjoy the sun, at least for a few hours every day. The backpackers put their backpacks away and their sandals on, and went in the main square by the river to have lunch, tan, sit back and relax. Lunch was inexpensive (for being in a tourist hangout) and delicious, consisting of: freshly squeezed orange juice, bread, olives, lots of olive oil, chunky, real tuna salad (tuna is Tavira's...

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Skipping Stones

Oct 11, 2005 - Tavira

Very wet yesterday but went for a drive back along the coast exploring all the small beach areas- striking headlands and nice golden sand coves. Left this morning and arrived in Tavira by midday, and booked into a pension in town. Discovered we had a flat tire so Brian went with the Pension owner to sort it out and after a couple of hours, reading the manual, and gesticulations in Spanish it was done. The Algarve has always had a nice sound about it and there are lots of little places that would be great to spend a weeks holiday in. There...

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May 16, 2005 - Quateira - The Algarve

We drove on up to a town called Quarteira, next to the famous Vilamoura, not far from Faro; The Algarve's capital. Not the greatest campsite in the world, this was going to be a one night affair! Did a lot of exploring on the Algarve coast on the way to Quarteira, lots of very quaint little fishing villages, but most with huge blocks of holiday flats behind the beaches - it's getting very built up! One place we did stop was Carvoeira - just outside there was an amazing rock formation called Algar Seco - we did a little exploring (photo's...

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Apr 20, 2005 - Lisbon to Sagres

left Lisbon and travelled right down the coast to Cape St Vincent. On the way down the South West coast we went through some stunning places that were not at all developed. We especially liked a place called Poto Cova and Vila Nova De Milfonted which is on the coast and also a river estuary. There were lots of campervans just free parking thereAt The Cape there is a little town called Sagres where henry the Navigator (a royal prince) set up the Portuguese school of navigation in the 15 Cent. The cape looks very like the Australian bite with...

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Dec 9, 2004 - FARO (portugal)

Is there any better way to adjust to the idea of returning home to England than starting to resubmerge oneself into the British culture by staying in the Algarve in southern Portugal. Lots of cockny accents, british flags, beers and food surrounded us at the marina next to our FIVE STAR hotel that we rested in for our last two nights on the continent.

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Sep 6, 2004 - Faro

The bus from Lagos to Faro was delayed so we only arrived fairly late in the afternoon. The YHA was a fair way out of the centre and the beach was a further 6 KM out of the centre. We spent our tme wandering the streets (to the sounds of britney spears, the town centre has speakers all over; which is nice, but bad taste in music)we drank beer in the park and watched a game of kids playing footie. Faro is nice, but apart from the beach there was nothing keeping us here.

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