A Visit to Alte

Call me ornery, call me a snob … and sometimes call me just plain stupid! I drove through the hill village of Alte (pronounced alt, located north of Loulé) many times and because I’d seen it in tour books described as ‘the prettiest town in the Algarve’ I decided to ignore it.  I mean, how […]

Easter Sunday Alleluia Parade

Easter Sunday in Sao Bras de Alportel is a glorious, joyous occasion. The streets are lined with flowers and greenery, all lovingly done by the hands of local volunteers. I can only imagine how many hours it takes to lay down several kilometres of flowers in intricate designs. Men and boys carrying astounding floral arrangements […]

The Sacred Side of Easter YouTube Video

The Sacred Side of Easter

I’m not a religious person and I choose to live a pretty untraditional lifestyle.  But I remain fascinated by religion, faith and the many ways in which people retain long-held traditions in our world. One thing that I love about the Algarve is that its people seem to excel at maintaining a fairly traditional lifestyle […]

Saturday morning in Loulé

Especially when I’m traveling I’m not the sort of person who lives a very structured life.  Routine and I don’t make the best of friends.  But there are notable excep tions …and Saturday morning in Loulé is one of those exceptions. Every time I’m in the Algarve you can find me in Loulé on Saturday […]

The High Cost of Roaming

We all need to remember to pack our smarts when we leave on a trip.  I always think I do, and sometimes I’m surprised to discover that I only brought my brains – my smarts got left behind.  And nowhere is this more true than being aware of the high costs of data roaming charges […]

How do I find places?

While places in the Algarve frequently have street addresses, forget simply using a map and street coordinates to locate them!  I also don’t think you need to spend mucho dinero on the GPS units car rental agencies are happy to provide. By and large you’ll find that using landmarks is a much more efficient way […]

The mysteries of technology

I was none too pleased this morning when the wifi at my hotel wasn’t working and no one was able to tell me anything about when it would be back up. I knew about another wifi hotspot in the town of Tavira where I had planned to visit anyhow and decided to head over and […]