So This Is Christmas

Lagos 29/12/2014

Well we hope everybody has had a great Xmas. We certainly have out here in the sunny Algarve. We were joined by our friends Neil and Laura for the festive period and they are directly responsible for the lateness and all-round shabbiness of this blog entry. Unlike most professional media outlets we were not be doing a Christmas Special. In fact it will be the bare minimum I get away with; so don’t expect much in the Tips department. So here we go.

Praia da Rocha 18/12 – 19/12/2014

We stayed at an enormous Aire at Praia da Rocha which is the beach for the concrete mess that is Portimao. Neither the Aire nor the place is our cup of tea. The Aire is huge but still everybody wants to park as close as they can to each other in a corral formation. Are all homies terrified of an imminent attack by Red/Native Indians/Americans? The place is a good schlep for downtown Portimao, but only a few minutes’ walk from the beach. Although peaceful in Mid-Winter you get the impression that come Mid-Summer they place will be weighed down by every Christiano Ronaldo wannabe this side of Ilfracombe. We had an uninspiring dinner in an over-priced beach bar. We couldn’t see the point in staying here so at first light, currently about mid-afternoon for us, we moved on.

Lagos 19/12 – 27/12/2014 The Chadwick Years

Straight off the bat, the Turiscampo site in Lagos is the best we have stayed in so far on our travels. Beautifully laid out, immaculate showers, wonderful facilities, gets 5 *s from us. The bonus about this place is you can walk into the adjoining village of Espiche as well as Praia do Luz, the jewel in the western Algarve’s crown to us. As responsible hosts with guests arriving the next day we prepared in the only way possible, we got absolutely tonked with the surrounding campers. We didn’t even manage to get the groundsheet unfolded or the leccie connected. A bloody poor show. With the ‘Chads’ not due to arrive until lunchtime we at least had the chance for a lie-in before a hasty put together welcome party. We spent the day having a Barbie and a few drinks.

To be honest most of the week was spent chilling and eating in summer conditions. We had a couple of overcast days but apart from that we had blue skies with temperatures hovering around 20°c. Here are a couple of pics.

Rock Chick

Rock Chick

Another Sunny day

Another Sunny day

On Xmas day we started off with Bucks Fizz at the van before walking down to Luz in our finery for lunch sat on a roof terrace with views over the Ocean. The food was great and the company even better. The evening was spent with a little Karaoke and a slightly larger amount of wine. Here are some pictures;

Neil & Laura xmas 2014

Neil & Laura xmas 2014

What a lovely couple

What a lovely couple

Ready for xmas lunch

Ready for xmas lunch

Other highlights of the week included skyping home to the families, going for a Ruby in Espiche and a trip up Mochique to the Luar do Foia restaurant pictured below; great views and great food. The only downside is there are pictures of ‘call me Dave’ the child loser, everywhere. So a big thanks from us to the Chadders for making Xmas jolly good fun.

Luar da Foia Restaurant

Luar da Foia Restaurant

Lagos 27/12 – 29/12/2014

We spent the 27th recovering from the festivities, cleaning the van and restarting to watch Breaking Bad. We also made contact with a couple of fellow funsters on site. Before the under privileged amongst you get excited, funsters are fellow homies who spend time having a giggle rather than permanently fiddle with their vans. Anyways, we had a pleasant afternoon with Brian and Andrea have made arrangements for a ruby together. I see trouble ahead.

Take Care all

Love E&T


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