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December 4, 2019

I started off towards Faro on the N125, supposedly Portugal’s most dangerous road, but it feels much safer than most roads at home.

October 19, 2019

My intention was to work on a project of two halves. The first being based around the area where land meets sea.

October 10, 2019

Cáceres is only a few miles off the motorway so after filling up with diesel we were off on the last leg of the journey.  Five and a half hours later we were on the Algarve, so a quick stop at a supermarket and onto Fuzeta.  When we got to the campsite Jacqui and Brian, who we had met last year, had reserved us an excellent pitch.  Plenty of shade and close to the bar, couldn’t b...

February 4, 2019

One of the advantages of riding a motorcycle is how easy it is to explore new places. One of the advantages of riding a small motorcycle is that you concentrate on the places that you pass through, and not on your riding technique.

January 23, 2019

Tavira is a historic fishing town on the banks of the Gilão river.  The town has retained much of its historic charm and avoided the commercialisation of modern tourism. The many narrow cooled streets lead to charming small shops or one of the twenty churches. A town square sits at one end of a bridge that reputedly dates back to Roman days and lies adjacent to a shady, semi form...

January 13, 2019

Olhao is the closest big town to Fuseta. On the advice from Roger, a resident of Fuseta for ten years, I checked the map and saw a nature reserve in what looked like walking distance from the town.  After finding a parking space for my little 125 bike, which is easy in Spain and Portugal as most towns have plenty of dedicated spaces, I set off to explore the town.  Its quite a pr...

January 11, 2019

Fuseta is in the centre of an expanse of salt pans, some still used, some derelict.  These give the area an almost surreal feel as you walk amongst the mirror calm pools.  The pans attract a wide variety of wading birds, including flamingos, which for someone who has only seen them in zoos before is surprising.

January 8, 2019

Fuseta seems to have a split personality, well in the way that it is spelled.  If in doubt I look at the signage on the Tain stations.  The signs on the building are Fuseta, while the metal signs are Fuzeta.  The same is true throughout the town, both spellings are used.  I have decided to use Fuseta, as this is the spelling used on the council offices.

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