And to conclude….

A lovely place to end!  We had the odd misgiving when we arrived in Vila Franca do Campo, but we were completely wrong.

Such a wonderful renovation, retaining character and atmosphere, and with smiling, helpful staff.  Convento de Sáo Francisco was a real find.

I even found a niche to watch the final of the French Open tennis at Roland Garros, while a certain other enjoyed one last lounge beside a hotel pool.  All’s well that ends well?  Rafa certainly thought so!  And as we sashayed out to our final evening meal, would you credit it but a band struck up in the distance?  Just one more procession, albeit a very low key affair, which rather suited our mood.

And the sun finally set on an epic Azores adventure.  I have so enjoyed sharing it with you.

So sorry to have confused everybody!  I intended to schedule Vila Franca do Campo, my Monday walk, for today, but I got over-excited and posted it late on Saturday.  My links to everyone’s walks are over there so please do check back for any you’ve missed.  I doubt I’ll post again before the weekend.  Have a great week!

 

79 comments

  1. I’ve loved your Azores posts, it’s somewhere Id like to go but probably never will. Also it isn’t somewhere that often written about, so very refreshing all round and your photos have been fab. Love you sweetheart 🙂

  2. Is it really that long ago? The final of the French Open seems like ages! I’m sure Mick was happy to rest his poor worn out feet after all those hills you dragged him up! I hope you had a lovely last meal with some nice cheese and port. I’m not really a port person, it is too sweet, but I make an exception at Christmas with a bit of fruit cake and cheese. Interesting little procession there at the end, looks like they are part of a wedding party all dressed up in their finery. Hope you have had a good journey back to the Algarve – without too much in the way of disruption. I bet you’ll be happy to be back in your own bed tonight 🙂

    1. Been back about an hour, after a wine stop or two. A long day and I am a bit wrecked. My phone died on me in Nottingham so if you’ve sent me anything recent on WhatsApp I won’t have got it. Will get a new one in the next few days but may not be fully operational for a while. Hopefully you’ve got the young un home? 🙂 🙂

    1. The dining area was small but there was fresh pineapple on the table, Ann, and extra tables were set up along the corridor, which sounds bizarre but was actually rather a nice arrangement. 🙂 🙂

  3. Portugal never fails to impress, and you are so lucky to be a resident there now, Jo. I’m already tempted to return. missing my port and pasteis de nata as we speak. 🙂 Such lovely photos.

    1. Thanks, hon 🙂 🙂 Last day in Nottingham with my daughter, then homeward bound. It’s been great to see everyone and make ourselves useful, but it will be good to be back.

    1. We really were lucky weatherwise, Jonno. Mick compared the Azores to the English Lake District but I found them far more beautiful. 🙂 🙂 We haven’t ventured far without the brolly on this trip.

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