26th December 2010 – Silves

26 12 2010

So it appears that we are really settling down into the holiday mode now, after nearly four weeks away the ‘travelling’ has clearly come to an end and the aim now will be to potter around the Algarve for the next two months. After a good lie in we both got up and planned our day, it didn’t take much planning at all. I decided that the bikes should come off the rack so that we could go for a bike ride at some point so, after walking Jack, off they came and I left Lorna sat outside in the sun reading her book to ride just outside of town to take a photograph of the view that I remember so vividly the first time that I came to Silves many years ago, that of the castle walls and the prominent church next to it. I had to wait a while for the sun to appear from behind some clouds to cast it’s light on the white buildings but I didn’t have to wait for long.


On my way back to the motorhome I met Lorna who was giving Jack another short walk around the exercise area. The main path that surrounds the parking area and swimming pool is designed as an exercise area, the path is painted red and markings all along it signify distances, it also had exercise areas where wooden structures provide facilities for weight lifting, balancing, sit ups and numerous other ‘gym’ type affairs. The area is well used by the Portuguese who, in this town at least, seem very keen to run, power walk and generally lead a healthy lifestyle. When Lorna returned we went on our bikes to one of the local cafes and had a coffee (me, a small beer). Our late lunch (3pm) was one of fried pork belly with mashed potato and baked beans with sausages and the remainder of the afternoon was spent reading books and generally relaxing. The book I was reading was soon finished, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart was a strange one indeed and probably a complete contrast to my new read, The Broker by John Grisham.

Evening time was further relaxing, chatting and drinking iced Baileys (thanks Mom). We have a few jobs tomorrow, we need to refill the water tank for one and i’m sure there will be some cafe visiting at some point too. I fancy going out and taking some photographs of some of the more interesting doors in the town as well. As I said, holiday mode……….ON!




2 responses

26 12 2010

Good for you two!

26 12 2010

I have been reading through this set of adventures. Great stuff. Hope the Algarve is good for you. Try to get to Tavira. Lovely little town and some great photo ops. The beach there is odd — you have to take a ferry to get to it and if you walk more than a few hundred yards from the docks lots of a naked northern europeans start to appear (which can be interesting or disturbing in equal parts, depending on the participants). Belated Merry Christmas to you both (and Jefe, our dog, sends his love to Jack) and belated Happy Birthday to Lorna.

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