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Spain - The White Villages

Andalusia

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The bus ride across southern Portugal into Spain was beautiful - I read a short story which described the earth as "ochre" and it is exactly that (crisp and dry from lack of rain) but incredibly fertile at the same time. In Portugal and continuing all the way to the region around Arcos there are acres of citrus fruits, olives, pine trees (not quite like ours), and cork trees. The area known as the "white villages" is incredibly picturesque - the land is very hilly with mountains in the distance. Arcos is a town of about 30000 and only one of these villages

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Seville, Spain

Farewell Portugal and hello Southern Spain

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We left Portugal with very fond memories early yesterday morning. We took a taxi back to Lagos where we caught the bus for Seville Spain. We boarded the bus at 8:30 in the morning and finally arrived at Sevilla at 2:00 PM. According to the GPS our hotel was only a little over 1 km so off we went in temperatures of 45 degrees! Well -we seem to have a knack of getting lost - especially when drogging luggage. Incredible architecture - we're getting smarter and even when lost stopping to gawk and take pictures. We walked and walked and walked some more and at that time of the day shops and restaurants close for siesta so its hard to find a drink or anyone to ask directions. People are crawl into any shady corner and sleep. We actually gave up at one point and asked for a ride by horse and buggy but they couldn't take us because the streets to our hotel were pedestrian walkways only and obout six feet wide. Once we were settled and had something to eat we didn't wander very far because we were afraid of getting lost. It was another early night as we were moving on to Arco de la Frontera in the morning. Oh yeah Leigh has become a master packer - very skilled at getting the most into our small packs. Only one problem - he doesn,t always remember where he put it! Since we were only staying one night we did not plan on unpacking. - well missing toothpaste and brushes changed all that quickly - I'll say no more! LOL

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Salema, Portugal

Another beautiful day

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The sun is shining and its not very windy today so I think it will be a hot one. We are really enjoying having an apartment - Leigh cooked his famous flat bacon this morning with bacon and toast for the first time since we left. It was delicious. Also we discovered that we like instant Nescafe coffee! Last night we bought take out from a small local Indian restaurant (Shrimp Biriyani) and it was delicious. Tomorrow we travel to Seville, Spain by bus ( so we cooked up our leftover food and made a packed lunch for the day. Leigh was successful in his travel to a supermarket outside of town to get some cash - I think he cycled a little over 2 km straight uphill which took him 20 minutes and coming back he made record time in 7 minutes (just flying). Meanwhile I used a computer in a local internet cafe which allowed me to upload some pictures - I would have put up more but they took forever to upload and some of you may know about my level of patience. I´m planning on a lazy day (maybe a book) and I think Leigh is going to go out on the bike to look around a little more. I´m still gimping around unable to put weight on my left leg until I get going which sometimes takes quite a while - the cane has been a life saver. I´m hoping to be more able by the time we reach Barcelona because we have a sailing trip and bike tour booked that I do not want to miss. I´m practicing self-torture with pressure point therapy and ice. It was so hard to even get ice prior to this but we have our own little freezer in the apartment. It already seems that we´ve been gone for quite and while and we are really just getting started. Would really like to hear from all of you - if you´re out their drop a little comment. Oh yeah Leigh was looking forward to our first bottle of wine for 3 Euros - well we beat that last night with a lovely bottle of wine for 2 Euros! It reminded it a lot of our home brew.

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Salema, Portugal

Pictures I Hope

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Salemo is so quaint that there is no bank or ATM anywhere in the town. We found out last night that the closest ATM is at a golf course straight uphill outside the town about 1.5 kilometers. We rented a bicycle but just before he left Leigh found out that the ATM at the golf course isn`t working so he has to go a little farther to a supermarket. We met a couple that got stranded here when their rented vehicle broke down and they couldn´t even rent a car as they were all leased. Also you can only buy postage stamps once a day for 45 minutes at 2:00 pm. I´m at an internet cafe and I`m going to try again to upload some pics!

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Salema, Portugal

Oh the beautiful Algarve

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Salema is a small fishing village on the south coast of Portugal in a area called the Algarve - we are in the Western section which is less populated. Salema is a very small village of about 600 people which actually still has some active fishing and is not completely tourism yet. We have an apartment on top of a hill (everything is a hill) and up several stairs but the view of the town and beach is beautiful. Yesterday when we arrived we had lunch at a small beach side cafe which was a plate of tapas and nice cold beer. For dessert we had a jug of Sangria!!!! Then we did a little grocery shopping to get a few essentials like bread, meat, cheese, and of course wine and beer. The weather here is very good nice and warm during the day with a north wind most of the time. At night it cools down a lot and actually feels kind of chilly. That is a pleasant change when it has been so hot for most of our trave. Well I´m on a computer that allowed me to download pictures (782) but then I discovered that the hard drive is blocked from the guests so I couldn´t get at them!

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