James is running out of time to see a bit more of the Algarve and so this morning I proposed Faro, the Capital of the Algarve. We took advantage of the glorious sunshine to park, wander as aimlessly as we wanted and simply hang out as long as he had energy and interest. A perfect day!
Igreja do Carmo church
The storks have returned and are busy building nests, courting and making all kinds of wonderful noises.
In the seven years I have been coming here, this same gypsy woman has been sitting outside the same church begging.
The Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) is from 1816 and displays the bones of more than 1,200 monks from the Carmelite cemetery.
We had the feeling we were being looked at while wandering the gardens. I spied this little face peering at us from on high!
St. Anthony….just for you PM!!
Speaking of gypsies!!!! This one doesn’t want to go home.
The sun was streaming down and there was an unidentifiable sweetness in the air. Both of us were content to wander and breath it all in. I find everytime I visit Faro I see more detail, I find new things and I appreciate it just that much more.
Igreja de São Pedro-Church of Saint Peter
Climbing to the top of Faro Cathedral, which was built in 1251!!
View out over the Ria Formosa from Faro Cathedral.
What a pair huh? We will both be 63 next month and I think we look pretty darn good for two old farts.
This rose in the Cathedral garden was truly stunning.
Detail at the base of a statue in the Cathedral.
A very voluptuous little angel. I find it sort of provocative myself!!!
I love this and the next photo…..these were more or less hidden behind a huge wall carving. I managed to squeeze in behind a pole to get this and the next shot.
See info on last photo.
By this time we were quite hungry and decided to find a place nearby……that took about 45 minutes!!! We had a great meal of pizza and beer and were so hungry that we totally forgot to take a photo of the food.
Our lovely cold Sagres.
This is where we ate and the pizza was amazing.
As always, you have to walk it off otherwise it will stay with you! Good thing we were both still in fine form with an abundance of energy. Still so much to see and do and we had decided to take in a short Portuguese guitar recital at 15h00 so……..off we headed.
Not certain what church this was but it had a lovely fountain outside and I think a funeral was happening so….no shots of the fountain as too many people milling about.
I love this wall art. Almost missed it as it was quite high and on the opposite side of the street but something compelled me to turn around and there it was.
How gorgeous must this have been in it’s prime? It’s still quite beautiful.
We delight in the colour available to us all through the “winter”.
I think this would make a great book cover!!
Moe lovely colour and angles.
I loved how the light was reflecting off the wall between the windows.
These two old friends were playing checkers.
The Portuguese guitar recital was in the top of the tourist information building. We had a few moments to wander around the roof top prior to it commencing……I took a few shots that caught my eye. What I loved about them was the business of chimneys, angles, light etc.. I think roof-tops can be quite fascinating and a world onto themselves, especially for the many cats that live up and around them. The concert, by the way, was quite wonderful……..I’d seen him before but for James it was a wonderful introduction not only to the guitar but also the history of Fado and the difference between the poor peoples Fado from Lisbon, which is sung by both men and women, and the intelectual Fado from Coimbra, which is sung primarily by men.
Our senses had reached overload. Our pizza’s digested. Our feet starting to complain a bit and home was calling out to us……….and so we headed back to the car for the short drive back to our villa……..
This beautiful sculpture of a Portuguese guitar.
James and a very stylized hoopoe.