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25/10/2008



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the beautiful algarve ...

Inbetween the training course and starting my new job, I have been on holiday to the Algarve in Portugal. Not only were steps retraced from our previous visit, we also managed to visit places anew. I love the orange of the bougainvillea above, a photo taken on the walk from our villa, through the countryside, down to the sea.



This is where we stayed on the first night, in an apartment close to Luz overlooking the sea. We are both earlybirds, so we managed to photograph the sun rising the next morning.



The lovely villa where we spent the duration of the holiday, situated in Caramujeiro. We were more than pleased with this place, staying with the same villa agent as on our last visit.



On a large plot of land the villa was surrounded by pine trees with the most gorgeous cones, which would have been perfect for using in Christmas decorations although I didn't get to bring any home. As it was, lemons from the tree above, and oranges came home with me, in the case!



The Algarve is a beautiful place, with rugged coastline and inviting blue waters.



Silves, a historic city with magnificent walls and castle. This is where you can get the most delicious piri-piri chicken and chips, served with a tomato and onion salad.




Colourful fishing boats in Armacao de Pera.



An amazing fish, which looks as if already wrapped in silver foil, ready to be baked!

Talking of fish, no visit to the Algarve would be complete without a meal of sardines. We had some really tasty chargrilled ones in Lagos, served with boiled potatoes and salad. You really must try some.

22 comments:

méri said...

So good you have enjoyed a little bit of my country! and good luck for new job!

Paula said...

How beautiful...must go there myself one day...Think I'll pass on those sardines though

Nicola said...

It looks like a beautiful part of the world.

Sal said...

It all looks fabulous.
Hope you are enjoying your new job ;-)

Christy said...

stunning photos! congrats on your new job! hope it works out well for you. :)

Flighty said...

Lovely part of the world! Terrific photos which clearly show what an enjoyable time you had! xx

Kris said...

Thanks for sharing the Algarve with us! The only thing I knew about it previously was that Victor Mildrew went on holidays there once and had a terrible time. (One Foot in the Grave - oh how I love english television shows!)

Simone said...

We went to the Algarve a couple of years ago. I wish our experience had been more like yours! We ate out all the time and never once saw sardines on the menu! I do remember seeing stunning displays of pink Bougainvillia though.

periwinkle said...

I love Bougainvillea or blur manurmanur as hub calls it. Portugal is such a lovely place
lisa x

lou said...

I wish my bougainvillea looked that good. It looks lovely! lou x

Magic Cochin said...

Thanks for letting us look at your holiday pics - gorgeous!
We haven't been to the Algarve, but we loved the north of Portugal and the food was delicious too.

Celia

Wild Rose said...

Hi Louise,

The coastline is breath-taking. It looks like a truly magical place to visit.

I hope that your new job is going well. You are right about the pay packet ~ it makes a big difference.

Marie x

Heather said...

Gorgeous photos, Louise. I love that one with the rock arch and the blue waters. Hope you had a fabulous holiday. Best of luck with the new job.

LizzieJane said...

What a wonderful place to take a holiday, your photo's are lovely, thank you for sharing.

Elizabethd said...

Hello Louise, thanks for dropping in. We went to Carvoiera many years ago, and loved it. It was just a small fishing village then, but I think it was about to become touristy.
Lovely photos.

by Glo said...

Such a busy person, you are with new challenges in your career added to your list ~ how lovely that you were able to get away for a holiday. The photos are gorgeous and sounds like you had a most enjoyable time.

Rosezilla said...

So beautiful I feel like I've been on a little vacation just looking at the photos! Those are very interesting fish! Glad you had a good time.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Just what I needed - it's freezing cold and wet out this morning - love the "ambiance"; glad you had a great time and all the best with your new job..:)

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh my! What a gorgeous place to vacation!
That sparkling blue water is calling me. LOL

Hope you had a wonderful time. And thank you for the encouragement about the mammogram appt. It has been made. :)

Kimberly

carolyn said...

It all looks just wonderful

Carol said...

What a beautiful place, the coast looks stunning.
Hope you are enjoying the new job.
You must be finding it hard to find time to blog as well everything else.
Have a great relaxing weekend.
Carol xx

Millas hem said...

Hi!
Nice pictures from Algarve. I´ve been there too! Loved it!
Camilla