Six word Saturday


Carnival, for old and young alike

As always happens, I came back from Tavira with far too many photos and far too much to do!  But I couldn’t let Six word Saturday pass without a wave from the kids at this year’s Carnival.  I was a little greedy this year because we were there throughout the Carnival period, which starts with a children’s parade, on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday, in most of the towns and villages.

The main event in the Algarve takes place in Loule, where this year 110 years of Carnival were celebrated.  I managed to go there on the Saturday and happily rain kept away for the day.  Sunday in the small town of Sao Bras de Alportel was fine and sunny.  On Shrove Tuesday the weather was less kind, but I managed to catch a few shots over the tops of the umbrellas in the village of Moncarapacho. We’d been walking that morning but I was still in the mood for some samba.

No one is left out-  young, old or disabled, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve money to spend or not.  Long may it continue!

I have some shots of the fabulous Carnival floats, but no time to post them here.  I’m off to zumba and, later today, some real excitement!  I have a ticket to see Vincent Sirmione and Flavia dancing in their Last Tango show.  Fans of ‘Strictly’ will know how happy that makes me.

I hope you have a great weekend and can find time to join me for a Monday walk, when I’ll be taking you to see some beautiful almond blossom.   



      1. I’m going okay, Jo, but my mother has just been put into palliative care 😦 She lives about 3,000 miles away so I may be travelling to her side very soon xxx

    1. The little fairy princess sat on the bench right in front of us, with her Dad, at Loule, Jack, and she was such a pretty child. It took her a while to leap up for a photo like the little ‘Indian’ girl, but once she got started there was no stopping her 🙂

      1. Their beauty showed in your post.
        Children are quiet and beautiful then when encouraged they get overpowering.
        They have the energy and know no bounds.
        I know I will tyre before they do still I can’t resist encouraging them.

    1. Thanks, Madhu 🙂 It’s the first time I’ve managed to catch the children’s parade and they were gorgeous! I could have taken the odd snowball or playing card home with me.

  1. A bright and cheery post for your return from holiday. The photos are great – vivid and close up. I love your energy and delight in everything that’s going – festivals, Zumba and the dance show. I’m off to see the National Theatre’s performance of “Jane Eyre” at the movies. A beach walk this morning, but a bit shivery to plunge in. And just now, a visit from the diamond python.

  2. Ahh that poor little five of diamonds, I’d want to give her a hug. The dominos are wonderful and all the costumes are fab, in fact there are a couple you could borrow for Zumba! It’s good to have you back and I really like recognising places x 🙂 x

    1. A lot of effort must have gone into them, Colline. You can well imagine! The teachers were so patient with the little ones. Good time had by all except that one who was wailing 😦

  3. These are adorable (also the word used by the 14-year-old who appeared at my shoulder as I was looking through the photos). Especially loved seeing the wheelchair kids.

    I’m a fan of “Strictly” but only the original “Strictly” as in “Strictly Ballroom” as in Baz Luhrmann, Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, etc. So I have no idea who you’re talking about. 🙂

    1. It’s ok, Heather- they won’t know who you or me are either, but they are totally wonderful dancers, and world champions in the Argentine Tango. 🙂 I loved the show! The carers with the wheelchair kids were really great.

    1. Hi Pauline 🙂 I shouldn’t really have posted today because I don’t have a lot of time to reply or return visits, but I’ll get there eventually. Hope all is well with you and Jack?

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