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10/18/2011, Lagos

Here is Mike, who we met in March, after he had sailed up from spending winter in the Canaries. He is so cheerful and full of interesting stories - I hope I have his energy and drive when I get to his age!

A fleeting visit
10/16/2011, Lagos

My uncle came to stay for 3 days so a lot of over-indulgence has taken place like eating out every night but who cares! It was a good opportunity to try out a couple of new eateries but of course we did not forget to eat at Fernandos one night and sample his divine Pork in plum sauce with crackling..........yum.

Took some snaps from the window of Jack's hotel the Marina Rio - very nice. This one shows the Boa Esperanca - a replica caravel which we had a sail on 2 years ago.

Lagos
10/12/2011, Portugal

Back in Lagos for our second winter. It seems a bit busier this year compared to last and Terry who organises the Lagos Navigators informs us that our impressions are indeed correct with more sailors from from the Netherlands and other European countries rather than the UK.

It has been lovely to see old friends from our first stay and others we met in the boatyard in March. The Sopromar Barbacue was well attended and the food was even better than before, a good time had by all. We also went on the first walk of the season with Steve coming by car for the meal with Mike off the boat opposite us as both of them are unable to go on such a long walk at present.

The Boy King Square
10/11/2011, Lagos

Finally got round to taking a picture of the statue in what is known as "The Boy King Square". Personally me and a lot of other folk think it looks more like a spaceman but there. There are often street performers and musicians here to entertain in the main tourist months of the year.

In 1572, the 18 year-old Boy King, Dom Sebastião, visited Lagos. He inspected the fortress at Sagres and the Franciscan monastery at Cape S. Vicente. Later in the same year, Dom Sebastião issued a new charter for Lagos, elevating the town to the status of a city. Soon it became the capital of the Kingdom of the Algarve, and the governor took up residence in the fortifications opposite the town hall.

Three years later the troops mustered between the Paços do Concelho and the governor's palace where the king addressed them from one of the windows, before they left on the ill-fated expedition to invade Morocco. At Alcaçer-Quibir many died including Dom Sebastião himself, leaving no direct heir to the throne. Some stories suggest his body was brought back and buried in the Jeronimos Monastery. He became known as "the king who would return" as on the death of his uncle, the cardinal king Henrique, Portugal came under the control of Spain. The "boy king" became a national hero to maintain Portuguese identity.

Rota
10/02/2011

We have had a great time in Rota with sunny weather and really explored the town this time as we have been here for over a week. The beach and promenade are lovely and there are pleasant little streets to wander along where you can stop for tapas or a drink on the way. The only drawback is the longish walk to the nearest Mercadona or Carrefour supermarkets which would be fine over winter but rather hot now. We got round this by organising a delivery of heavy items like water, beer, wine, soft drinks and other dried stuff to the boat. There is a bakers and small shops nearby plus a fish market next to the marina and the small town covered market is less than 5 minutes away. The Spanish people are very friendly and helpful and speak good English, maybe because of the nearby American naval base. Off to Lagos tomorrow or the next day.

Tapas Festival
09/19/2011, Rota

Cleaned the boat thoroughly today and in the evening went out with Mark and Tara. Steve, Mark and I went to see the Georgia - England World Cup game first in an Irish bar called not surprisingly O'Grady's - see picture. The match was good and although we won 36-10 the Georgians played hard and put England under pressure. The 3 of us were the only ones watching and the rest of the clientele were getting loudly drunk and singing songs accompanied by urgent drumming, which seemed to be an anniversary of something or other or maybe according to one heavily plastered young lady. We were glad when the match ended and are unlikely to go there again unless to watch a game as the beer was expensive as well.

Afterwards we went to the Plaza De La Cantera for the last night of the X11 Feria de la Tapa de Rota which had been running for 3 nights this weekend. There was Flamenco dancing and music and stalls representing 9 bars with tapas 2e a go. Mark and Tara, who have lived in Spain many years said that it was quite expensive as they were used to having tapas for 2 but also including a small beer. There was a variety of tastes but we were not overly impressed with the ones we chose as many were too sweet for our palates. The sea anemones mini omelette with Rota style vegetable puree was interesting and we enjoyed the Paella- soup style tapa of the day along with the Iberian Pork with mushrooms, the others were a bit of a letdown. But a good evening was had by all.

Shame I forgot the camera.

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