Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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We see "vende-se" signs everywhere and we're often tempted by what we could afford here. The Algarve is too pricey but a few thousands Euros spent an hour north would get a questionably habitable ruin with a bore hole and good land. That's in the Alentejo where one thing has definitely not changed, the hills and ravines are as steep as I remember!
The landscape is the same of course. A couple of wet winters have filled the barragems (reservoirs). This winter has been exceptionally mild and local dwellers are hoping for rain. This is a wish that everyone we know working with the land has, all the way north into England and Wales. Laura has been enjoying all the flowers that are out but we both feel drawn to more temperate climates. We could get a fabulous property out here and have year round suntans but I'm not sure we could cope with the summer heat.
We're heading out of Lisbon on the overnight Spanish Tran-Hotel, we've left the Algarve on a 16C sunny day. Tomorrow we will be arriving in mid/south France that isn't getting above freezing. We must be crazy.