we had a layover in Germany (necessary beer and brats)
We landed in Faro. From there we rented a car and drove up to Lisbon. The streets are crazy. Small, one way, hills, paved with hand placed and chiseled stones. We found our apartment, our home for the next few days, looking down on the city.
|joe on the narrow steep steps leading to the apartment|
|pastel de nata - oh how i wish there were pastry shops everywhere at home like there are here|
|murals and paintings are everywhere|
we stumbled into this amazing alley - covered in murals
cinco lounge - the place was empty when we got there, but it had an interesting vibe so we decided to stay for a drink. Best Decision Ever. The bartenders were super friendly, spoke english, and made great drinks. We ordered off the menu, but gave them freedom to make us whatever they liked and it was awesome. Drinks served under herb smoked glass domes, fresh grilled peppers (yes, that is a stovetop in front of me at the bar), things ablaze! We were lucky that they had the time to treat us so personally. I don't doubt that the drinks are as good on a busy night, but the showmanship couldn't nearly be as one-on-one.
We started our drive back down to the Algarve, taking a ferry across at setubal, just because.
stopping at isolated beaches along the way
until we made it to our apartment in Olhos de Agua
|view from the room|
|had to stop for lunch in Lagos|
|sunset and dinner in Sagres|
|beers in Albufeira - so inexpensive!!|
|view from our apartment in Olhos de Agua near Albufeira|
|Beach near old Albufeira|
We met up with our friends for a day in old Albufeira. The streets had been flooded a few months prior and the damages are still prevalent. Many businesses are not open - pumping water from their basements. The stone roads being re-made by hand. Empty spaces where pavers had been being filled in with concrete.
But this guy - his bar along the beach was open. Tiny place. Great guy. Came here from Africa and stayed.