Monday, January 04, 2016

You need an atlas

You will have to go and find your Phillips Family Atlas to see where we are holidaying next year.

To and fro we have gone with possible holiday plans. Tasmania? Cruise to New Zealand return? Indian Pacific train to Perth and fly home? (tracks aren't great and neither is the train. Longest stretch of straight rail line in the world but an average train speed of 80 km/h.) Visiting Asian countries by cruising the South China Sea. A Mediterranean cruise? I would like to see some more of Victoria or even Australia, but as R says every time I mention it, we need to do our overseas travel now while we are fit enough. Easier local travel is for our old age. No ideas came to anything. I don't want to go anywhere hot and humid. We have had enough of heat and humidity during recent holidays. I said to R, something will pop up that will inspire us.

Two days later it did. I will explain in the fullness of time but if the plans come off we will holiday in Alvor in May. A week will be long enough there so we will do something else in that vague area. It seems there is only one Alvor in the world so girlfriends and boyfriends, get busy with the electric atlas.

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  1. So many choices.
    Portugal.
    It's said that to travel the furthest whilst you are young and well enough. Very true.

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    1. As it is Margaret, we just hate long flights so much, at times we think we won't go too far.

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  2. Andrew, I am waiting for your decision, I have chosen Italy Sicily in July... 1 week thamn Baltic Sea

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    1. Sicily will be very interesting Gosia. In the 50s and 60s many migrants came to Australia from Sicily.

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  3. This is seriously spooky. Not only did I just make a "mystery location" post a little while ago without seeing your entry here, but if it is indeed the Alvor in the Algarve, guess where we are going for a week next week? Loule in the Algarve, about 20KM to the east of Alvar. Most strange.

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    1. Craig, so that is the answer to your quiz? Portugal? Quite a co-incidence. Loule looks larger than Alvor. R's sister in Geordieland is working on the plan and we will join them there. Otherwise we don't have a clue about anything else, such as how we will get there.

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    2. No, not Portugal Andrew - your guess was spot on. I wanted to stay in Loule as it's the size of market town I like and being inland slightly is a bit less touristy. In January it won't be busy with tourists anyway. Lisbon is a must visit if you have a chance and although I've not been to Porto I read and hear excellent reports.
      Faro (where we fly into) is mostly serviced by low cost carriers. You might be better flying into Lisbon or Madrid and connecting to Faro.

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    3. All interesting Craig. We have looked at flying to Faro from another Euro city with a cheap airline. I even looked at the train from Lisbon, but it not even vaguely direct and takes us to Faro, change to a local service and we are still not quite in Alvor. Very early days.

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  4. You just can't stay away from this part of the world.

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    1. Marie, up to a point. We have no plans to go to England this time, although earlier we did discuss a coach tour around England and it may happen in the future.

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  5. I have heard seriously good things about Portugal. Looking forward to learning more.

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    1. EC, that sounds promising. I have heard of people visiting and just not going back to England.

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  6. Looks gorgeous judging from Google images. Friends of mine have been in love with Portugal ever since a stint of work there in the 1960s. and they visit every second year. They even gave their Canberra home a Portuguese name.

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    1. Victor, it is not somewhere we would have ever thought to go. We hope to see Lisbon and I would like to see Porto but who knows.

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  7. Electric atlas? Nah, I'll use my paper atlas. Let's see now, A...Alv...aw, rats, it isn't in there! I did find Loule in the Algarve area mentioned by Craig.
    but isn't Portugal a hot and humid country?

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    1. River, eyes to your left of Loule and Alvor is on the second large river inlet. I have had a quick look at the weather and it seems a bit like our climate and in May, not too hot.

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    2. My atlas is a small one, doesn't list or show all the towns, probably a place has to be a certain size to be shown. My huge atlas is at my K's place, I'll check in there next time I visit, but in the meantime I can google for images.

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  8. Portugal! Ohh I love Portugal, I could so live in Lisboa. Jealous!

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    1. Really Fen! That is a high recommendation and we must see Lisbon.

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  9. Naturally, River, Elephant's Child and myself will volunteer to look after the Highrise for you.

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    1. Jah Teh, no thanks after the last time. It was awful to return to a home full of empty gin bottles strewn about, mouldering Camembert and olives in the fridge about and a mountain of take away food packaging. Any you had no right to go through my bedside cupboard. That is private and what you saw was for educational purposes only, bought for Fen and her project.

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  10. Sounds fantastic Andrew.. but don't leave out Perth until you both need a zimmer frame :)

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  11. Did you find the cat? We sort of lost one during a wild night and that was the only reason we looked in the cupboard at the boring stuff. Ours has glitter.

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  12. Jah Teh, gosh I thought that scratching noise was R trying to get into my room.

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