colin on November 25th, 2013

Today starts with an essential Skype call to my grandson Theodore, in Sydney. He seems to have been having a great 10th birthday with not one, not two, but three Lego kits. Wow! Wait ’til he discovers girls. Then a call to Alan, Laureen, Bree, Mac and what’s-his-name in Gatton. Very flaky, a bit like […]

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colin on November 23rd, 2013

From last night’s magnificent Praia Grande we went into Albufeira looking for a supermarket and a motorhome service point. We found both fairly quickly; the supermarket had lots of stuff from the UK on their shelves, suggesting that they catered to a lot of British tourists here. We found the motorhome service point just around […]

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colin on November 22nd, 2013

Well, we kept our promise to ourselves and went for a morning walk along the beach. There are signs everywhere warning that the cliffs surrounding the beaches are unsafe, and can collapse without warning. I’m sure it doesn’t happen often, but you onl need to be there when it does happen, and you’re dead. However, […]

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colin on November 21st, 2013

We spent a lot of time today driving up and down, looking for beaches. We found several which were probably really nice, but couldn’t get anywhere near them. And with Sandra’s Parkinson’s Disease, parking a long way out and walking to the beach is just not an option. I don’t know what these places must […]

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colin on November 20th, 2013

Our last, brief run along the west coast before reaching the east-west coast of Portugal, the Algarve. Not much traffic; we headed back to the main road from our overnight stop in somebody’s driveway, down through Vila do Bispo to Sagres, where we visited the local supermarket. Once restocked, we went to the ‘Fortaleza’, the […]

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colin on November 18th, 2013

So, we woke up a little late in the morning. We were intending to have another stroll through the town but, consistent with our advanced years and swelling toes, we decided to drive through instead. Driving a motorhome through a medieval village is not something to be recommended, however, we managed it without breaking anything […]

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colin on November 16th, 2013

In the morning, as I reconnoitered the area with a view to responding to nature’s call, I had a nasty fall, very nearly breaking my starboard big toe. Was nature telling me, in her own special way, “Don’t pee here!”? Who knows, but I spent the rest of the day hobbling around, unable to take […]

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colin on November 12th, 2013

Col & Sandra enjoy sunny Portugal. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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colin on November 11th, 2013

We arrived in Lisbon around midday on Monday 11th Nov. Very confusing motorways which left me feeling quite flustered. They have a habit of ‘baiting’ you with a sign suggesting that ‘this is the place you’re going to’, and then no more signs although you seem to go through a succession of roundabouts, wondering all […]

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colin on November 10th, 2013

Big Beach, about 40 kms from Lisbon. Got here after a short drive down from Obidos, and a slightly shorter drive through Sintra, where Portuguese royalty used to spend their weekends. Liked it so much, we spent two nights here.

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