Sand City- International Sand Sculpture Festival
Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
215Trip End Dec 20, 2010
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Trindade Campground In Our Tent
Taxi drivers dont want our fare so we walk up a large hill to find the camground. We met Goldie and Silver, two street performers who we camped next to and also four Aussie surfy boys doing the Euro trip in a beaten up truck. We went to an English pub called Fools and Horses for dinner and ate real Bangers and Mash and Steak and Kidney pie with an extra gravy boat
The sand city was called Fiesa 2008 and is the 6th International Sand Sculpture Festival. The location was in Pera and horrendous to reach without a car. The excursion became an all day mission of buses and taxis. The rewards were worth it though. This years theme was fantastic Hollywood sceneries and famous movie stars, all recreated in sand. The festival uses 30000 tons of sand over 15000m2 area, carved by 60 sand artists.
The site was most impressive and included sand sculptures of things like The Matrix, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Charlie Chaplin, The Simpsons; Laurel and Hardie, The Muppets, Pink Panther, Carmen Miranda, Fred Astaire, Jurassic Park, Liza Minnelli, The Neverending Story, Narnia, The Golden CVompass, Action Super Heroes, Crocodile Dundee, Indiana Jones, ET, Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars, Casablanca, Dracula, Aliens, The Flintstones, King King, Godzilla Tarzan and Alfred Hitchcock movies. There are lots of photographs because the city looked different from every angle you looked at it from.
I ate pastries of course in the afternoon. The best pastry in Portugal is called a pasteis de nata which means creamy pastry. The tiny custard tart is renowned for its egg-rich creme brulee like filling that contrasts with the sumptuous crackle of a parchment-textured pastry shell. The Aussie custard tart is better of course. We take the early morning train from Lagos to the Spanish border and beyond.