We’ve been here over a month now, which is impossible for us to realize but it is so. This past few days we’ve had a few appointments to take care of, a little running around to do that has taken us in and out of Olhão and today, Armação de Pêra. It makes the days fly by and in some ways, merge one into the other. It’s a good thing we take photos so we can look back and remember what we’ve been up to!!
Monday evening we went into Olhão a bit early, just before dusk, as we were meeting Ana and Simão for drinks and dinner. We decided to explore a little and enjoy a little exploration before meeting up. What a great idea it was.
We met up with Ana and Simão near the harbour, enjoyed a lovely gin and tonic beside the sea then headed further “inland” for dinner. We had a feast but sadly my photos did not capture it well at all so you’ll have to trust me when I tell you it was a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. We enjoy all the moments we spend with Ana and Simão and this was no exception.
Next morning we had to head back to Olhão. We parked the car and walked into the old part of town, down a few roads we had not yet taken. We lucked out in that we stumbled on a jacaranda tree that still contained large clusters of flowers….very unusual this time of the year.
Tuesday evening we had Harald and Bela over for dinner and enjoyed a wonderful evening together. The more time we spend together, the more we learn about each other. They are wonderful friends and fabulous neighbours.
This morning Marc had an appointment in Armação de Pêra. He officially joined The Algarve Society of Artists (algarve-art.com) and was meeting up to pay his annual membership, meet a couple of folks and pick up an information package. We decided to head there early, park and enjoy a walk about. We’ve been to this town before but usually for the Santa Swim on Christmas Day.
As well as a long crescent shaped beach there are a series of smaller coves to the west, all carved into the ochre sandstone cliffs that are so typical of the Algarve coast. Like other resorts on the Algarve, there is a mix of the old and the new in Armação de Pêra, although it might be more than a little bit of a challenge to find too many reminders of the village’s past. It’s safe to say this is a “tourist resort” and this time of year, pretty darn empty. Which was great for us!
By now it was just after 13h00 and we were hungry. As I mentioned earlier, it was a bit of a ghost town but,, somethings were open and we had seen a sign for a pizza place and headed off to hunt it down. We were not disappointed at all.
Satisfied with our physical activity, Marc’s business venture and our great lunch, we hopped in the car and took the slow route home, enjoying many sights along the way. One of the things we stumbled on was a fully blooming silk floss tree……we had never seen one if full bloom before. Each bloom is about the size of a large opened palm.
Once home we headed down to the square to have a bica and a visit with Ana and Simão. As it turned out, Susie and Gus were sitting on the patio and we enjoyed a visit and catch up with them as well. It’s wonderful to have this social circle.
And finally, as we walked from the square to home…….what to our wondering eyes should appear…………