Our decision to return to our beloved Portugal for only three months this year was a challenging decision however after careful consideration, all pros and cons weighed several times, and much deliberation, Marc and I realized that it was time to revert from our usual six moth sojourns to three months and then enjoy some other extensive vacation in the late summer early fall. That said, November and December sure felt long to us!!
Joanne, Marc, and myself spent a few hours in the Toronto airport waiting for our direct flight to Faro. We were eventually joined by Pat and Gary, who had been visiting family in Ontario and finally at 21h40, off we went.
Arriving back here and stepping outside the Faro airport to the visual of swaying palm trees, warm temperatures, and green as far as the eye could see, simply warmed the cockles of my heart instantly! Truly felt like coming home.
After picking up our respective rental cars we said our goodbyes (till later) and we drove to our new house, which is in the mountains more or less half way between Estoi and Sao Bras de Alportel. (Check it out on a map)
It was well organized in terms of self check-in: open gates, take electric reading, turn on electricity, check cupboards, throw luggage in our rooms and then, head to the grocery store for a few things to get us through the next couple of days till we do the “big one”. Of course I enjoyed a small meander around the property just to breath it all in.
I am going to love exploring this part of the Algarve in more detail. So many small winding roads, mountain paths etc.. Can’t wait to get my body on local time and then on the trails.
We were sitting in our living room taking it all in when our neighbour, Jose, a man of 91, straight as a whip and fit as a fiddle, waved me out and presented us with….
As you can see, a huge bag full of just picked clementines and oranges. We had a grand gab, he without knowing any English and me using my instinctive Portuguese. What a grand and lovely welcome.
And so begins our next adventure here in this land we have visited so many times, and where we have created so many amazing memories, and now a new chapter begins.