Vasco da Gama Hotel
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A distant trip. Expressions of "moments in time" are lost; filled in by current thoughts and memories. I could be upset with myself, but this is real life. Being upset would dilute the learning experience. Truth is, a whirlwind of new rides and adventures consume me when I return from Portugal and Spain. Writing gets put on the back burner. Three …
The Adventure/Experience That I Almost Slept Through
I (Curt) awoke from a delicious Sunday afternoon nap on the couch to the sound of band music from the now-familiar Banda Musical Tavira floating through the window. Dianne was gone somewhere--turns out she was visiting with Marcela at Loginha Shop--and Gibran was in the bedroom sleeping off an uninvited 24-hour bug.
I grabbed my camera and opened the window-door to our small balcony to see a ...
As evidence of a strange incursion of modern technology, dozens of giant wind turbines stood on the mountaintops surrounding Cachopo. We stopped among them on the way into town. It was my first chance to stand almost directly below one of these machines that are growing in numbers all around the world. I wanted to hear for myself how loud was their whirring noise. Plenty loud when you are in their shadow. Didn't ask, but I couldn't help wondering how ...
... site are situated the Santa Maria Church and the Convent de Graca, now converted into a modern hotel and convention center. (The convent's chapel was the venue for several concerts of the "Music in the Churches" performances that we attended.)
Adjacent, and nearly as high as the church, is an old water tower that was converted in the 1930s to the home of Camera Obscura, a vantage point from which its unique and powerful telescope can peer ...
... pictures, and resting in the warm sun on the beach.
It was interesting to find geraniums growing everywhere, mostly cultivated ones, but some seemed wild, as well. We found jade plants in people’s gardens, a bird bath, and bird houses, as well. One home built a green barrier around a newly planted avocado plant to protect it from the sun, we guessed. That same home had a big enclosed patch of strawberry plants.
We had the sense ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVasco da Gama Hotel Monte Gordo
The hotel is located right on the beach and has a nice pool...this is the only draw really. Other than that, it has a really weird old folks home kind of feeling. One commons room literally is a room of about 30 couches, coffee tables and board games. Odd. But, it is walking distance to town...think cheap casino town. The room was very spacious with a balcony overlooking the water. They let us take our bikes (we are bike touring) into the room...this is always a nice plus for us. The breakfast buffet is included and actually had a descent selection of fresh fruits, pastries and hot foods if you choose...good coffee too! Honestly it is probably the best option in this odd town.
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