The way we’re feeling right now it looks as if we’ll be staying anchored here in Alvor until we go into Marina De Lagos in the middle of October.
I’ve said already this place is near perfect for us and it’s just so nice to be able to enjoy the weather, wander through town, swim, sunbathe, siesta, eat, drink and generally enjoy life.
I knew we’d get to experience the good life eventually and the Universe knows it was a long time coming, they’ll be time aplenty in the Spring to start cruising again, so we’re going to make the most of the remaining Summer.
There’s a charter catamaran here crewed by two local lads, Vito and Santos, we met them in Coruna where they’d made a pitstop en route to Alvor after buying the boat in France. They’d told us that we must come here and were over the moon when we arrived. Santos said to me the other day “people only leave Alvor when they have too”. I can see why.
Yesterday we had our first long walk inland exploring along the riverbank. The views were amazing. It was baking hot, the ground was bone dry (there hasn’t been any rain here for 3 months), the cicadas were chirping and on a lake a mile or so inland we saw Flamingoes in the wild.
We’ve made new friends here, Jan and Baukjen, a Dutch couple on their boat named ‘J&B’. They’re well into their sixties and have been cruising full time for a decade, the Med, The Caribbean, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, they’ve even had J&B tied up to the quay alongside Tesco in Truro our old adopted home!
Then there is Indie and Natalia, American and Russian respectively, Indie has been aboard his yacht ‘Pegasus’ for 25 years and has circumnavigated twice, Natalia joined him six months ago in Greece and is sailing back with him to Indies’ home in Calivigny Harbour, Grenada. Interesting couple.
We already knew Garry and June on catamaran ‘Friendship’ as we first met them in Coruna, they’ve been here as long as us now and Gail and June have become good friends.
Tomorrow we’re hosting our first deck party afloat and have invited most of the boats anchored around us. Should be fun.
Before I sign off Jake has finally finished and posted the final ‘Gleda’ video. It’s up to his usual high standard and well worth a watch. See if you can spot Gail and I playing tourist in Santiago De Compostela (hint – 35 seconds in).
Happy memories we’ll cherish forever and yes Jake, we’ll have that raft-up one day soon, it’ll be amazing.