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Christmas lights in Lagos
11/18/2009, Lagos

Before we went home for Christmas we got to see the decorations around the town - very pretty.

A night at the Amuras
11/16/2009, Lagos

We are enjoying a great social life here having met lots of people and been out to a number of restaurants, some better than others! Our favourite bar is the Amuras Bar on the marina, Portuguese run with lovely comfortable seats and friendly staff. Very few other live-aboards frequent it as many have said that they think it is expensive but this is not the case actually. They play some live Rock music on Friday and Saturday nights starting around 11.30 - 12.00pm and finishing between 2 and 3am. Above is a picture of Black Puzzle, a Portuguese band, the other week we saw Ferro and foggo who packed the place out as they are more well known and kept saying they had come down from Lisbon. We were sat halfway from the stage and they were very loud so if we see them again we need to get a seat at the back!

A super view
10/27/2009, Sagres

Cape St Vincent from the fort at Sagres.

A visit to Sagres
10/27/2009, Lagos

Steve drove us to Sagres one afternoon and we visited the fort built on a windswept shelf-like headland about 3 km from Cape St. Vincent the south-western most tip of Europe. The promontory of Sagres was important for sailors because it offered a shelter for ships waiting for favourable winds before rounding Cape St. Vincent with it's potentially dangerous coastal rocks.

Like the fort in Lagos the entry fee was cheap as not much of the 16th century fortress remains with some restoration in the 20th century. Although it was a sunny day the wind was strong and the scene quite stark and atmospheric making it easy to imagine what it was like for the cold soldiers years ago keeping their lonely vigil, tirelessly pacing the fortress battlements with their sheer drop below and the sound of wild waves crashing on the jagged rocks. There are several interactive displays on various topics including a giant pebble compass rose - 43 m diameter, divided into 32 segments instead of the usual 40.

On the west side of the promontory there is a series of caves gouged out by wave power from the tall cliffs and the noise of the waves flowing in and out of them was deafening, with the resulting spray towering impressively high into the air - so we took a few snaps of it. Another reminder of the power of the sea.

The little fort
10/25/2009, Lagos

On our way back from the beach I suggested we visit the fort at the entrance to the river mouth, Alex was not keen as he reckoned there would be nothing in it - he was right and luckily it didn't cost much! However I took a picture of the wind sculptures on the top.

Sightseeing around town
10/25/2009, Lagos

Our son Alex has come out for a visit and we went for a walk to see the more secluded beaches to the west of the river entrance, he didn't want to go up on the little train with his Mum, can't think why! Luckily I have had a more successful trip since the last one with Sue I met here. To get from one beach to the next you have to pass through gaps in the sandstone cliffs, the signs warning about falling rocks were not a comfort. I enjoyed looking in the many rock pools at the marine life and even managed to remember quite a few Latin names for species - Actinia Equina, the burgundy red-jelly blobs of the common sea anemone.

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