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Feb 17, 2014 - Lagos

We caught the 1pm bus from outside the campground into Lagos with Glenn and Albertine, €1.60 pp each way. This pretty fishing port has a nice waterfront promenade, interesting cobbled streets and nice beaches nearby. We meandered up to the city wall and back, stopping for a coffee and Portuguese tarts (pastel de nata) then down to the sea wall entrance. It was a nice walk up the hill at the western end for views from the cliffs over the town. We bought pizzas before catching the bus back to camp and we had a lovely farewell pizza party at...

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Feb 2, 2014 - Move and not move!

We had packed up the coach ready to leave Lagos and start heading north. As Tony moved the coach out of the pitch we realised that the external steps had not come in! With the help of our various neighbours and testing the various electrical connections etc. we realised there was a fault somewhere. In the autumn they had failed once but Gold RV could not find a fault and they had worked OK since. This time they would not come in whatever we tried. Fortunately Gary at Gold RV had shown Tony how to remove the bolt so we could bring them in...

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Jan 20, 2014 - Second walk along the coast

The weather had been wet in the morning but by lunch time it had started to clear so we headed into Lagos and parked close to where there was the start of a coastal path walk. The path took us above a series of beautiful coves with multi-coloured rocks, arches and grottos to a lighthouse on the headland. A lovely walk.

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Jan 15, 2014 - Our first walk along the Algarve coast

We all needed a good walk and the weather although cloudy looked as if it would remain dry so we headed out to the nearby village of Luz. According to our guide book there was a cliff top walk to Lagos from the village although the start was a steep climb up to an obelisk on the hill above the village. The path was good high on the cliffs above the ocean. The path remained good until we got beyond Porto do Mos and then it disappeared steeply down the cliff. We decided to turn back not only because of the path but the weather was starting to...

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Jan 14, 2014 - Lagos

After a morning of getting settled in the campground we headed down to the nearest town Lagos. Until the 1755 earthquake Lagos was the administrative capital of the Algarve. Because of its location at the mouth of the Ribeira de Bensafrim many of Portugal’s great explorers set off for the New World. Lagos was also Henry the Navigator’s favoured residence. Reflecting its history the town has Europe’s first slave market which opened in 1444 which is very similar to the slave market we saw in Charleston. The church and the remains of the once...

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Jan 13, 2014 - Heading to the Algarve

We left Lisbon and headed south. Between Lisbon and the Algarve region there were very few campgrounds and the ones that existed were far off the main roads –not for us. So it was going to be a long drive to the Algarve – 170 miles to Lagos. On our travels through Portugal we had seen very few other campers/motorhomes- often being one of at most five. We arrived at our chosen campground in Lagos and found loads of Brits, some Netherlanders and Germans in the campground. Everyone was in the Algarve! As we walked around the campground we...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Lagos

Lagos is beautiful and warm!! The Atlantic coastline is amazinf. The coastline is compressed sand which rises as the tectonic plates shift. That's why you'll see lines on the cliffs in the pictures, which used to be the waterline. We began the day going to the lighthouse and taking in the view from above. Then we took a boat ride along the coastline to get a closer look. The boat driver took us through some tight squeezes and told us to keep our limbs in and heads down. Then we went to relax at our hostel before driving back to Lisbon in...

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Oct 4, 2013 - Sorry!!

Okay. I know it's been a while since I posted so if you're keeping tabs on me I'm very sorry haha. It's been a busy week, and I'm about to head to the airport to go to Barcelona, but I will say that I made it through my first exam at la UCA, I am now teaching English classes to an 11 year old girl named Carmen, her 14 year old cousin Adrián, and his mom Maribel (didn't ask how old she is....), I started spinning classes with my friend Megan 3 times a week, and I went to Lagos and Lisboa, Portugal last weekend and it was the best weekend...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Rest & Recovery in Lagos

We rose to cloudy skies this morning - the first such morning since Porto two weeks ago, however, by the time we had breakfast they had evaporated and we have been treated to another sunny, hot day. Christine has had some problems over the past few days and we felt the need to take care of them, so we went for a walk through the market coming out high in the town beside St. Sebastian's Church. We walked down through areas we had not been in before then out to the fortress, only to discover it was closed on Mondays. I left Christine in the...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Fountain Disappointment and Great Rock Formations

We had another lazy start to the day. While Christine got ready I checked the WiFi and was told it was not working, but...his colleague had managed to get on, so I should try and see... Well, it worked just fine and I did most of what I needed to do. Christine meanwhile had come down and started breakfast. I joined her and we had our meal. I wanted to use the hotel computer, but there was someone on it. We waited a while and I decided just to use mine and we got tickets for the Alhambra in Granada next Sunday morning. Christine realized she...

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Aug 25, 2012 - Around Lagos

We had a leisurely start to the day and had breakfast downstairs. I tried to book tickets for the Alhambra in Granada, but needed information which I was unable to access on the hotel's computer and their WiFi was acting up. We left and walked along to catch the tourist train. It took us part of the route we went yesterday on the bus then stopped at a clifftop where we could look down on boats going through the "Blue Grotto". Not THE Blue Grotto, but Lagos's best imitation. We stopped at an hotel where there was access to a beach, then back...

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Aug 24, 2012 - Another End of the World!

We were up earlier than we have been recently and went down for breakfast. We then packed away the last minute items and left our luggage which the hotel said they would transfer to our new room with a view. We crossed the parking lot and purchased tickets at the bus station for Cabo Sao Vicente - Cape St. Vincent. We waited for a while as other buses came and went and eventually ours arrived. We wound our way through the countryside to the cape - the most southwesterly point in Europe - also claiming to be "The End of the World" in days...

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