This evening we are seeing a concert by the Cambridge Student Symphony Orchestra and Ely Cathedral where they will be performing several works by Edward Elgar.
They are performing:
- SYMPHONY NO. 1
- THE WAND OF YOUTH
- SUITE No. 1
- POMP and CIRCUMSTANCE MARCHES 3 and 5
- CORONATION MARCH.
A great performance by the Symphony orchestra of the works of one of Britain’s best loved composers in one of Britain’s best cathedrals. We enjoyed this very much and went for drinks afterwards.
Another weekend coming up and this time is is a visit to “The Blind Fiddler” in Anstey. We have read many good reviews about this pub, Tucked away in deepest Hertfordshire we arrived at 8pm on a dark, wet and windy evening and were greeted by open fire and reasonable busy pub. We ordered the meat platter from the smoker which was a delight to eat. Succulent meat and huge portion. We certainly will come back here in the future.
We have been invited to celebrate Sandra’s birthday with some other friends and meet at the Red House in Longstowe. We did not have a great experience the last time we were there but the new owners have spent a lot of money on the interior and the menu. We could not fault the service or the food and had an excellent evening.
Hard to believe but today is already our last day and we fly back today. The 8 days have flown by. The weather is clearing up and have a last swim at the pool and after lunch we drive to Faro where we park the car and visit the centre.
We are pleasantly surprised about the feel of the place which has not succumbed to tourism too much. We have a look around the place and have dinner of Cataplana which is the local delicacy of seafood and pork.
A culinary delight which sets us up for the return trip to Luton.
It is cloudy and rather windy today so not a beach or pool day. We therefore decide to take the short drive to Silves which was a major staging post in Moorish times. They build the castles there which we visit providing great views over the surrounding areas.
We drive through Lagoa and find a delightful restaurant and decide to have lunch. We were served a wonderful lunch of fish (Seabass and Dorada) washed down by local white whine. This was a real find and recommended,
We follow the coast to the sea and visit Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Rocha which is a small chapel built on a rock protruding into the sea providing magnificent views.
We descend to the beach via some steep steps and follow a small tunnel underneath the chapel to get to the adjacent beach.
We have booked a place today on the dolphin watching boat trip which will take us along the Algarve coast to Portimao. We arrive early and embark in the marina in Albufeira. We follow the spectacular coastline and can see several beaches and caves along the way.
We see many dolphins along the way but they are too elusive to be photographed. The captain takes the boat into several of the caves which gives us great photo-opportunities.
Today we take that car and drive into the mountains towards Monchique which is a small village perched on the highest point in the Algarve. We then travel onwards to Aljezur and visit the castle perched on a rock high above the village. A steep walk but worth it for the views alone.
We then continue to Praia do Amado where the Atlantic waves meet the coast and spectacular waves are the result. Several surfing schools are instructing their student.
We then carry on our journey to the lighthouse at Cabo San Vicente which is the most south westerly point of Europe.
We drive back to our hotel in the late afternoon.
We visit Albufeira which used to be a small fishing village but now has succumbed to the tourist invasion. Many small shops tempting tourist with “tack” and cheap trinkets. We have lunch of “piri-piri” chicken and sardines (local specialities) and walk around the town.
Glad we went to see if but not really our cup of tea.
We get up and have breakfast and the rest of the days are filled with beach, pool, shopping, eating and drinking. A very relaxing time.
Weather still fabulous with temperatures in the mid 20’s.
Participate in the pool-side quiz in the afternoon but our lack of soap knowledge means we do not feature amongst the high scorers.
Today we are off on a short holiday to the Algarve. It is an early flight so we stayed in the Ibis hotel which is only a 10 minute walk from the airport. The Easyjet flight leaves on time (06:35) and arrive in Faro 3 hrs later where the weather is fabulous. We pick up our red Renault Clio and drive the short distance to the Falesia hotel. We have a quick look around the hotel and as our room is not yet ready we go to the beach and have sardines for lunch.
We come back and inspect our room which gets our seal of approval and lounge around the pool for the afternoon and have a cocktail each.
We have a buffet dinner in the restaurent.