You could be forgiven for thinking that I don’t really like living in Portugal at all! Here I am, hopping on a ferry and crossing the border to Spain, yet again. Actually, I was trying to salvage a day that was rapidly turning into a disaster.
Not for the youngsters, and Spanish families, though. Owing to my bad timing I managed to completely miss the traditional Three Kings procession at Vila Real de Santo Antonio in the Algarve last week. They had already ferried across to Ayamonte when I got there and not a trace of them was to be found in the sleepy streets. Portuguese families were quietly strolling, sipping coffee in the cafés and contemplating lunch. In a vain effort to catch up with the action, I persuaded the other half that we too should ferry across the Guadiana.
The atmosphere couldn’t have been more different in Spain! It felt like the whole world was on the streets, out for a thoroughly good time. A party was brewing and each and every plaza resounded with lively Spanish chatter. But still no sign of the Kings! Taking a breather from the hubbub, we climbed steps through the old side of town to look down on the river.
Back at ground level, everyone seemed to be walking in the same direction, the noise level constantly rising. Tempting to take refuge for a while in the tranquility of the marina, overlooked by a faded sunset drama.
From across the street another mural smiles at me, inviting despite her tattered appearance. As people settle into bars and reach for another beer, I begin to realise that I am not destined to see the parade. The sun is already sinking low in the sky and the last ferry will be leaving soon. It’s a short ride across the river but a long walk back by road!
Time to make the best of the situation and simply enjoy a beautiful sunset ride home, on a warm and lovely January evening.
Next year I promise to be better organised. Did you notice, we didn’t even stop for cake? (though I did pick some up to nibble on the ferry 🙂 ). If you’d like to know more about the celebration, this link gives a little background. Right now I have walks to share. Join me next time on Jo’s Monday walk? You’ll be more than welcome.
Say hello to Natalie! She’s doing her best to get us all fit this year :
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Suzanne’s not trying quite so hard. Coffee and cake, anyone? And beautiful scenery too, of course :
A Walk around Mt. Maunganui Mauao
There’s no doubt that Carol’s right! The waterfront at Vancouver is the place to be :
Is it Winter somewhere in the world? Apparently so! Drake’s tracked it down for us :
No such problems at Alice’s place!
While Geoff launches a series of fond memories with his Dad :
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Jackie always seems to have a plan or two up her sleeve :
And Anabel has always just been somewhere interesting and beautiful :
More amazing architectural explorations with Cathy, this week :
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You may not wander far but, if you look, you can always find something interesting. Pauline and Jack set a fine example :
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Next week I shall be sharing purely Portuguese almond blossom. For now my attention is seriously distracted by Australian Open tennis and the return to play of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Have a great week, won’t you?
Breathtaking! The sunset is just gorgeous. 🙂
We’ve been so lucky with the weather lately, Amy, and this was a golden evening, and warm too. 🙂 🙂 It turned out well in the end, thanks, hon.
There I was going to ask you about the special tradition of the Three Kinds when I see you have helpfully provided a link! I’ve never heard of this but it sounds lovely and I hope it doesn’t disappear from popularity. With such gorgeous photos and trip for us you are more than forgiven for missing the parade this year! Is all well though?! 😀 No cake!! I love how you just ‘pop’ into Spain … the UK really is insular! Thank you providing some warmth and sun with your stunning photos … I’ll close my eyes and imagine myself there. hugs xx
I forgot to post my photo of Bolo Rei, the traditional Christmas cake in this part of the world. 😕 Not doing well, am I? 😊Thanks for being so nice 💕xx
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At least the day wasn’t a total loss, Jo. This scenery is sublime. I’m catching up on all my emails and missed posts from a week away on our cruise while watching the tennis too.
The tennis has taken me over, Carol. I used to have to go to my neighbour Marie’s to watch it, but we now have a decent TV and Eurosport. Walking days I have to record it though 🙂 🙂 Good trip? No such thing as a bad one, is there?
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Oh, we had a marvellous week. So much fun on board and three beautiful South Pacific Islands to visit.
Sounds fab. 🙂 🙂 I’m getting restless again but there’s still decorating to be done in the house, fitted in around the walking. 🙂
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I’m back to work on Wednesday 😦 so Glen will be back to enjoying his retirement on his own. Oh well, I can look forward to the next holiday!
Oh no! 😦 Still, you don’t do so badly 🙂