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... the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Charlotte Amalie, when we lived in St. Thomas in the U. S. Virgin Islands many years ago. Every year, twice a year, the entire congregation rose at the end of mass to process around the perimeter of the church, singing hymns and saying prayers, as an intercession at the beginning of the hurricane season to ask God for safety from the storms, and at the end of hurricane season to offer thanks for a surviving another ...
... added to the sense of this as a place where time had stopped about 500 years ago. We were hungry after the drive up the mountain so we began looking for a restaurant. Marcela, who was our day's guide, had been to Cachopo once before and informed us there were three restaurants.
The first, a "tasca" cafe (a restaurante-cafe with very inexpensive prices whose patrons are mostly locals) was completely full--no tables available. On to the next. It ...
We had previously seen the Castelo do Tavira, but only during a 10-minute rest stop along the route of Tavira's "cheesy" tourist train--which we had ridden early in our stay in Tavira to get a quick overview of the town. Ten minutes is definitely not enough time to be able to fully appreciate the castle's beauty. You will also want to have time to explore the garden, the walls, and ancient nooks and crannies.
We struck off on ...
... up for three nights. So, the four of us (Dianne, Curt, Gibran & Marcela) carried blankets, a small heater for what turned out to be 45-degree nights, and food for the duration. The owner met us at the dock, handed over the key, and left us, so far as we knew, alone on the island.
First night we spent in the cabin, cuddled up under blankets piled so high you could hardly move. We survived, but vowed we’d get some heat for the next couple ...
... our town," Tavira, from the sea. Cacela Velha is one of many villages and towns on the Ria Formosa, but enjoys a deserved reputation of probably the most picturesque.
I enjoyed taking pictures of boats, birds, clam fisherman, fishermen huts, cactus, and the fort and church of Cacela Vehla, looming high on a cliff above the wetlands below.
As for shopping, Dianne and Gibran were doing most of that. Dianne spotted a cute ...
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