Flor da Baixa
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For one glorious, wonderful moment I thought an escape route off this ship and back home had opened up before me.
Just after I had posted yesterday's blog, at about 4.30pm, the ship gave a worrying series of vibrations culminating in several seconds of violent shuddering, It was just like the turbulence you get on aircraft. But then there was silence and stillness and the ship slowly came to a complete halt. And I thought whoopee it's broken, the ship has died and ...
... monkeys, rhinos, snakes etc are depicted on the walls in celebration of the discoveries. These being the animals that only long distance sailors had seen, it is very distinctive architecture. Man this place is wow factor huge. Amazing. To avoid further superlatives look at the pics. Next stop is tower of Bellum. It is a fort that guards the towns rivers entrance from the sea by firing cannon at unwelcome visitors. Again 15th century but ...
... for some business from me. It turned into another shoving
and slapping and screaming event. Ah, Seville, this is what I expected of you!
The ride from Seville was westward past Huelva and more
fertile and manicured farmland, orchards, and olive groves in Spain. The border
with Portugal is at the Guadiana River, and the landscape suddenly changes
subtly. Spain had a huge building boom up until 2008, so there are new housing
and commercial ...
... the corner and we jumped on, heading back towards Chiado. We stopped at the market for dinner, grabbing another francesinha but this time from a different restaurant. It wasn't as good as the previous one but they're still an interesting dish. It was getting close to sunset and we wanted to get some pictures from the balcony of the sun setting over the ocean and behind the bridge. We made a quick stop by a grocery store to get some bread and wine and made it ...
Had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel- ham and cheese on a croissant, yoghurt, fresh orange juice, coffee/ tea AND a Portuguese Tart! Took a taxi to the aero port - driver was very friendly-he quoted 10E and we gave him 12 Rented our car- no GPS ,Yikes. Could be interesting! Us and our little Peugot- the old fashioned way- maps only. I will have to brush up my ...