After a few days in the country, we headed to the Algarve, specifically, Lagos + Sagres. The city of Lagos was quite small and it was great for easy exploring. My parents went to the fish market, my dad waking up around 6 am one day headed down to pick out some delicious tuna for us for dinner. We celebrated Easter (Kev and i standing the entire mass from the balcony, my parents sitting at the alter) and found about 15 items wrapped in tissue paper hiding in various places around the house. We had a gin + tonic tasting event, “sponsored” by Kevin, who claimed (and was correct, sadly!) that given the chance to have 4 drinks, we couldn’t tell the difference between them. We went sea kayaking and swam in the beach. We went hat hunting for my mom (which turned out to be quite a feat!), and ate a delicious Indian dinner. My dad tried gelato for the first time, and they ate their first salted sardines (another Portuguese specialty). We ran on the beach, looked at cool urchins, played paddle ball while Kev practiced his card trick. We went to Sagres and ultimately to “the end of the world!” aka, the south-eastern most tip of Europe. We geo-cached and ate egg salad sandwiches and chocolate seashells on the side of the road. Needless to say, we killed it.
Looking like a gem, Easter morning.Easter cake with hazelnuts and figs made by a sweet Portuguese woman.Dinner one night.When my mom visited Portugal almost 30 years ago, she remembered rocky cliffs and beautiful water somewhere around Lagos. She and my Aunt Renee camped, and it turns out, there was a campsite that they very well could have stayed at right by this beach. We’ll never know for sure (until we scan some of my aunt’s old photos for proof!) but this very well could have been where she was all those years ago. I thought that was pretty cool.Super woman.Dad running on the beach.This is my favorite picture of the day, even though it’s not a great one. Judging by the look on my mom’s face, you would have thought THE BIGGEST WAVE ON THE PLANET (or a giant sea animal) had just come out of no where and attacked. Comically for her, I captured that monster, which you can see rising just above her ankles. 🙂 Love it.Sea kayaking.Dad, being funny.The End of the World (Sagres).