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Published: July 19th 2013
Our first orange sighting.
GPS can sure take you off the beaten track sometimes!! We started off today's adventure heading to a small mountain village (it is not the Alps, thankfully) called Monchique. Well, the GPS took us the most DIRECT route and not knowing the local roads, we crossed over a small bridge and the road became a cross between a garbage dump and a minefield of gigantic axle-breaking potholes and uncovered manholes! We eventually found a place to turn around and made it back to the real road unscathed.....
So, on to the real adventure.....we arrived in Monchique which was a lovely village. There was an old Cathedral and cobblestone roads throughout. The roads were single lane with 24 inch sidewalks so the cars came pretty close! We sampled the pastries nada (a traditional Portuguese pastry - kinda like a custard tart with a brulee top). Another truck carrying cork drove by so fast that a chunk of cork fell off. Nigel dodged a few cars and managed to grab the chunk of cork (it was like watching frogger - quite hilarious!)
After walking the entire village and seeing all the lookout points, we drove to the Caldas de Monchique which
Everyone in the Caldas do Monchique village shares the same outside bread brick oven.
is a natural spring that flows down the mountainside. We got up close to a cork tree with a big number 3 on it. That must have something to do with when it was "uncorked" last. Then back into Monchique to walk around the "Festival of Medronho" which is a celebration of the spirit made from the Medronho fruit. Nigel and Russell also drove to Foia which is very close by and very high up (which is why Lori stayed in Monchique with Rachel) where they got a view all the way to Portimao and the Atlantic Ocean.
We ended the day with dinner at Rouxinol Restaurant and enjoyed Chicken Piri Piri (hot hot hot) and shrimp crepes. Delicious!
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