Friday, 18 August 2017
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Working WindmillI quite often give in to my fondness for chocolate, but usually it involves a 12 minute drive or ride to the chocolate shop at the shopping center at Guia, or even easier stopping there briefly on my way back from Lagos or Portimão.

However on March 12th because of the proximity of my birthday I succumbed to temptation and we rode 332 kilometers to the 'International Chocolate Festival at Óbidos'.   We stayed in a very nice hotel called Casa d’Obidos about three kilometers walk to the center of Obidos and walked up to the town the next day.

Moliceiros on the lagoons and around Aveiro´s canalsAveiro: Seaweed, Salt and a Saint. Quirkiness is one of Portugal´s best loved features, and I have no misgivings about using the word quirky again to describe the city of Aveiro.  Aveiro has been called the Amsterdam of Portugal and the Venice of Portugal as well as the most attractive town in Beira Litoral (Lonely Planet 1999). 

The Golegã horse FairThe Golegã Horse Fair which is also known as the National Horse Fair held every year in November, is a celebration of the Lusitano breed.  The fair is held at Golegã in the Ribatejo region of Portugal. Golegã is 133 km north east of Lisbon on the west side of the river Tejo.

To find Golegã on a google map click here. To go to The Golegã Horse Fair web site click here.

Baroness Margaret ThatcherNow the dust has settled historians will endlessly debate Baroness Thatcher’s legacy. But hardly anything will be said about “what if? What if she hadn’t won the 1979 General Election ...Dawn is breaking in Puerto Maradonna, the town its former inhabitants once knew as Port Stanley. At the tiny airport, a gigantic mural commemorates the soldiers from the mainland who lost their lives in the battle for the Malvinas, or the Falklands, as they used to be called. Next to the old Anglican, now Catholic, cathedral a gigantic blue and white flag flutters.

Olhão's 'Baeta' house, 1928The Baeta house was built in 1928, at n°s. 70 to 82, Dr. Bernardino da Silva Avenue, Olhão.

The avenue had been designated as a thoroughfare in the remodeling of the urban center of what was then the village of Olhao and was needed due to the increasing population of workers at the canning factories.