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... and so far, it does not disappoint. Arrived at Castro Marim which is a beautiful little town with massive hilltop fort and castles that are open during the day. WE left that for later and found a 3 km beach with glorious sands that is the start of the famous Algarve. Too windy for much lying out as we were shotblasted by the sand. Not too many swimmers either as it was suitable only for the hardy.
... air we asked to be moved and Manuel agrees to move us inside. A short stint on the resuscitator and we are good to go. Nice lunch. Aboard carriage No.81 - only 6 carriages so can't work that one out. Then it's a relaxing 3 1/2 hour trip to the south of Portugal. Faro the destination. Along the way we saw lots of orange orchards, lots of cork trees, more orange trees, lots of little villages with houses all painted white. Did I mention ...
... at high water – ouch! We took our kedge anchor over to them to see if they could winch themselves off, it failed on both attempts the
anchor was too light to get them off the mud. Luckily the marina got in contact with a naval vessel which was around the area (taking school kids out on an adventure) and they towed them off the mud – must say they did have to use some wellie before the boat ...
... lots of bashing on the transom, but at least when she turned and the tide was going out we got a rather peaceful mornings sleep.
Having checked the weather and seeing that it was going to blow N'ly quite strong Gen
checked the charts and found a nice bend in the river which should provide us with shelter.
The river, Guadiana is just so pleasant. In places it reminds me of Australia, with the
burnt soil and eucalyptus trees. The river runs in between ...
... and wandered around a little. Very pretty. Saw lots of different types of shells / sealife and something that looked very similar to samphire (sea asparagus) as we have in the UK but tasted very different, probably due to the sandy and salty water, so we didn't pick any.
Just love the island – the Rio da Formosa is something special. Besides the fishermen
working so hard throughout the day and night leaving a lot of wake, this is such a lovely ...
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