|Lagos Square - midday without the crowds|
|Big swell - note yacht coming in!!|
|Yoshi with his homemade nigiri on Crow's Nest 7|
|Sushi night with Yoshi (at the bottom) and friends|
|Us with Yama|
|Trying Yoshi's Sushi|
On a Saturday morning Lagos has a fabulous farmers market - a real one where the farmers come in to town in there three wheeler trucks with their flat caps and sell their goods next to the bus station - there is everything from fruit and veg to homemade cakes and live chickens and ducklings.
Andrew's son James arrived to spend a week with us at the end of his break from college - he was ready for some relaxation but we did manage to drag him into town and to explore the cliffs at Sagres. We hired a car to collect him from Faro and took the chance to explore inland at Loule and Sao Bras de Alportel - Loule has a fabulous market and castle which we loved however the long walk in 30 degrees of heat to find the roman road in Sao Bras de Alportel probably wasn't one of smartest moves - no water and in silly shoes.
|Louie Castle - rebuilt in 13th century has a nice archaeological museum and nice view to.|
|Guitars of the World created by Children in Loule|
|Loule - lovely covered streets|
|Market at Loule|
|Roman Road - nice but along walk in the heat|
The Katherine arrived in time for our last night in Lagos - so we booked into the fabulous tapas bar in the boat yard. Yes seriously this has to be one of the best restaurants in Lagos and it's under the chandlers with a view of the boat yard. Jim & Kathy had flown in from Texas to join the Katherine for a couple of weeks and we had a brilliant night that started with all sorts of gin and ended with Mondrango liquor!
|Liquor time with Lee and Andrew|
|Sailing down the Algarve|
|Entering the Lagoon at Faro - a little bit exciting|
We got the pump installed but it still wasn't working right so an accumulator tank was promptly shipped. The air-con unit arrived but the engineer had to go off to a funeral so we decided to leave the marina and sail down the Algarve with James. We did have one night at anchor in Lagos bay and then sailed east. The plan was to anchor a little further down the coast but the wind ended up being far stronger than forecast and westerly creating fairly big seas. So we didn't really have much choice but to go directly to Faro. By the time we arrived at the entrance to the lagoon it was blowing nearly 30 knots and the seas were >2m so it was with some caution, locked hatches and life jackets on that we entered the pass at mid ebb (tide was running out at 4 knots). It was only a short distance and we could have opted to run off and wait in the lee of the breakwater but Askari managed to make 3 knots through the worse of it and that flat water was calling us. A little bit exciting and then total happiness to arrive in the gorgeous flat calm Ria Formosa. We anchored out in the middle of the lagoon with a view of Isla Deserta and not another boat for miles.
|Boys exploring Isla Deserta|
|James takes a dip|
|Swimming on the outside of the island - much calmer today|