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Day 13: May 16th, Happy 25th Anniversary!

We woke up and read our cards from each other and our DDís, we enjoyed the same breakfast as yesterday.

We then headed out to Alvor, about 15 minutes from where we were; we found a place to park and walked around looking in all the shops. I did notice quite a few British tourists in this area, as it was fairly early in the morning I imagine that many of them had rooms in this town. I found a cork store and was very excited, they had cork jewelry, ties, shoes, pants, you name it, and of course some beautiful purses (I wished I had waited to buy my purse, but there was not so much cork available last time we were here).


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After walking around the town, we headed back past our hotel to the Algarve shopping mall in Guia.

We arrived hungry so we decided on a Mediterranean counter service, I had a Greek salad, DH had a small salad and chicken pita. I was expecting feta cheese, but instead found it to be a Portuguese cheese; it was ok, but not the same. Once we finished we walked around the mall, DH was treating me to a ring for our anniversary. I was not looking for anything expensive or flashy, just something unique. I tried on lots of rings, but had no luck finding what I wanted.



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We left the mall and stopped at a large home improvement store and had a look around, both DH and I enjoy looking at different types of stores like this and grocery stores when we are in other countries. Portugal up until recently did not have shopping malls or home improvement stores, it was usually small independent stores, markets and grocery stores. And there still are lots of small independent stores around.

The Algarve is well known for its pottery and I love this stuff, so we headed to our favourite store. They make all the items there and it is a fairly big store. We wandered around, and I really tried not to buy anything as I have nowhere to put anything, but I did pick up a few wall tiles and some gifts. When we retire and live in Portugal for 3 or 4 months I am going to invest in a Portuguese pottery set of dishes. We headed back to the hotel and relaxed for a while.









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We got ready to head out for dinner and I surprised my DH with a new dress I had purchased. I am definitely not a dress wearing kind of girl, so my DH was very surprised and quite happy with my choice.




We headed out to Cafť del Mar, where we were seated with a nice view of the ocean. We shared a bottle of wine, I had chicken piri piri and fries, DH had halibut with bananas, potatoes, beans and carrots. He was not sure of the banana sauce, but thought he would give it a try, and he really enjoyed it. For dessert I had chocolate mousse and DH had a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, we really enjoyed our meal.


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My mousse, some how I did not take a picture of my dinner.

We went for a walk on the boardwalk to the pier and light house, taking pictures as we went, I had to have proof that I do wear a dress every 20 years or so. We stopped in the Casino on our way back. It was very smoky, and I do not do well with smoke, so we tried a few games with no luck and headed out. It was not enjoyable at all, itís a shame they still allow smoking everywhere in Portugal.














Interesting shop

We headed back to the room and called it a night. It was a great day just spending the time together and enjoying each otherís company.

Costs today:

Lunch Ä 11.60
Dinner Ä 43.70
Tips Ä 12.50
Cork store Ä 82.00
Pottery Ä 33.65
Misc Ä 18.54

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Your day of celebration sounds fun! Lunch looks good. I never would have thought of putting bananas with halibut, but I can see how it could be good.
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What a pretty dress! I'd have enjoyed everything-- the meal, the view, the walk to the lighthouse-- except the smokey casino--
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Day 14: May 17th

Enjoyed our buffet breakfast again today, we left the hotel at 9:00 am and headed to Lagos, it took us an hour. We found the marina and booked a dolphin boat trip for 12 pm.





Since we had a few hours to kill we went for a walk along the river that lead to the ocean. There were quite a few little shops to stop in and even an indoor market, we also saw some kind of small castle, so we headed that way. It was called Fortaleza, a small fort; we paid the entrance fee and headed inside. We walked around in all the little nooks and crannies and then headed up to the top. There were some really cool art pieces (not sure really what to call them), that I liked, good thing they didnít sell them as I would have had to figure out how to ship them home.


















We headed back to the marina for 11:45 and boarded the zodiac boat at 11:55. It held about 15 people, we were with a group of special needs adults and the young man next to me really enjoyed the trip, letting out shouts of joy each time we hit a wave. It was a 2-hour trip out into the ocean and unfortunately we did not see any dolphins, so I was a little disappointed, but it was a fun experience.









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We were pretty hungry when we finished the tour and since there was a pizza hut on the dock thatís were we went for lunch. I had a small pizza with pineapple, chicken, and peppers; DH had a bowl of soup and a chicken quesadilla.

We then headed out of Lagos and went north for about an hour. We programmed the GPS for Foia, the highest point (902m or 2540 ft) in the Algarve, in the Serra de Monchique hills. Of course the GPS decided it should take us on all the back roads and at one point I donít even think what we were on could be considered a road. We made it to our destination but it was very foggy and we did not get as good of a view as we would have liked. We walked around and took some pictures and then headed back deciding to follow the 2-lane road this time.

















We returned to La Gioconda Pizzaria from our first night as we had really enjoyed the meal and atmosphere. We decided to order a pitcher of Sangria, as we have never had it before. I wasnít nuts over it but my DH really enjoyed it so it all worked out. I had the meat tortellini with cream sauce, bacon and mushrooms; DH had soup, spareribs, salad and fries. It was a very good meal once again. We stopped along the way back to the hotel for ice cream, I had chocolate caramel and DH had rum raisin.












We relaxed, updating photos and chatting with the DDís.

Costs today:

Lunch Ä 20.00
Dinner Ä 32.20
Tips Ä9.80
Dolphin Tour Ä 50.00
Fortaleza Tour Ä 6.00

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Great day in Lagos! (Every time I read "Lagos" I think "Nigeria" and think you've had a VERY long day's drive!) Sorry you didn't see any dolphins, but it must have been a very scenic boat ride. The castle, or fort, is an intriguing building. The terraced hillsides (and the donkey!) are wonderful and it really seems to be one great meal after another here. I think the Department of Tourism should hire you. I'm ready to book a trip right now.
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The fort in Lagos is very interesting! I like that art work, too. Great dinner to finish the day.
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I love all the scenery - and like Laurie, I did a double take about Lagos as well. Thank you so much for the cute donkey photo too!
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