Trip Start May 08, 2010
66Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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We headed out to do some sightseeing and geocaching in Evora- all the sights we'd chosen were close by. We visited the church of Sao Francisco which had the most elaborate chapels, and paid to see its most celebrated chapel, the Capella di Ossa, which is entirely decorated with human bones to remind us of our own mortality. We had a walk in the park and unsuccessfully searched for three geocaches, before heading back to the hotel for a shower and check out.
The drive south to the Algarve took some hours. We stopped first at Ponta da Piedade in Largos, had a look at the lighthouse and spectacular views over limestone cliffs, found a cache, then decided to take a boat ride around the cliffs and into the grottoes around
As we searched for a hotel, we were surprised by a different twist on the old hotel problem. This time we could find plenty of hotels, it's just that they were all full. We finally settled on a Best Western hotel, Hotel Dom Bernardo, the first we could find with vacancies, and got into our room well after midnight.
We decided to buy one decent meal a day, either lunch or dinner, and snack from our enormous food bag at other meals. We carry cereal etc. but haven't managed to find a 12V kettle yet. The meals we have ordered in Portugal are all along the same lines- a generous meat serve (often plain old roast, or far nicer, grilled, once it was deep fried), a serve of chips (usually french fries, but sometimes out of a packet!) AND plain white rice, and a little bit of salad. The exception was in Evora, where the owner has made an effort to add individual flair to the dishes, but retain the Portuguese flavour. We had roast black pork (a special pork fed only on fruit) in honey sauce, and a selection of three black pork sausages. The quality has varied widely and had nothing to do with price.