My Trip to Portugal, Faro 2018

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Submitted: July 30, 2018

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My Trip to Portugal, Faro 2018:

This is my memoir of my trip to Faro in Portugal that I did in 2018.
My mum had organised this trip as she wanted to get away from the cold British wintery weather. Also she wanted to treat herself as it was her birthday too.
We were going there for eleven days in total; we were going on Sunday 28th January until Thursday 8th February.
On Sunday 28th January our taxi arrived at our house at 10am and we sent off to Stansted Airport where we checked in our luggage and went to the special assistance unit (who were known as Omni-Serve). These people would help my parents board the aircraft. Once our luggage was in the overhead lockers, and we were belted up. We were all set and ready to go and off we went. We landed at Faro Airport two hours later, where my parents were helped off the aeroplane by the special assistance team at the airport; we went through passport control, and finally baggage reclaim. Afterwards we were taken to Faro Hotel and checked in. we decided to have dinner in the hotel’s restaurant as we were too tired to be going to look for food outside the hotel. My dad was given a tab where drinks, food, and excursions from the hotel would be put on it and dad would pay it on the day we checked out of the hotel.
The next day dawned and after bathing and doing our daily prayer, we set off upstairs to breakfast. It was a buffet breakfast with a variety of food as well as hot and cold beverages which were made via a machine. We decided to make sandwiches from the breakfast buffet and have then for lunch instead of going to a restaurant and would eat out in the evening as the hotel’s restaurant’s food was very expensive. I found out that we could have had half-board where breakfast and lunch were included. We did a similar thing when we went to Mallorca in 2016. But luckily their hot and cold beverages including cheap alcohol were free of charge. If we had done this in Faro we would have been bankrupt!
After breakfast we decided to explore our surroundings. We bought food, a five litre bottle of water, and some postcards. We ate our sandwiches and rested for a bit. In the afternoon we walked around the marina. In the evening we ate out at a restaurant called Restaurant 2Irmaco where we had a Portuguese food delicacy which was called Cataplana. This dish was stew with fish and vegetables.
The morning was similar to the day before but this time we decided to enquire about tours and decided to book with the hotel’s tour guide Ricardo after enquiring at other tourism agency we thought the hotel’s price was the best! We booked the three islands trip. The three islands consisted of the Desert Island, Fishermen’s Island, and Farol Island lunch was also included. Afterwards we went and saw the St. Peter’s Church, the Carma Church and the bone chapel which was made out of human bones! Then finally the cathedral. We went out eat in an Indian restaurant called Namastey for dinner.
On the next day we went on our trip to see the three islands which I was dreading as I didn’t like boats or water! But thankfully the hotel had their own boat and it looked and was very luxurious. I thought it was going to be a river boat of some kind but to my relief it wasn’t. The day out was great we all had a fabulous time.
We got up the next morning and did our usual morning routine. After breakfast we went on the crocodile train tour (delgelrius). When the train ride finished we sat outside near our hotel and fed the birds and the atmosphere was so peaceful as nobody disturbed the birds which would never happen in Clacton as the people would shout at us false rules “that we’re not allowed to fed the birds!” and the kids would frighten the birds to death by chasing them but not in Portugal, Faro Oh no!
Once we had fed the birds we went to the Regional Museum of Algarve instead of the Municipal Museum as well as the Our Lady of the Cross Chapel and had dinner at the Restaurant 2Irmaco again.
During our eleven day stay in Faro we had an Algarve tour guide called Sonia who took us on a half day tour to Tavira where we saw fruit and vegetables, and fish markets and an old village that Sonia loved and wanted to show us. The day after we finally visited the Municipal Museum. Also Sonia took us to see the Estoi Palace and the Ethnographic Museum of Sao Bras Alportel which was a Cork Museum.
On Sunday 4th of June, which was our seventh day in Faro we went to St. Peter’s Church for Sunday Mass which we had already decided to go to. It was a lovely service as well as the statues and paintings in the church.
My trip to Portugal was a great holiday as flyi8ng back to the UK I met an old friend who I went to primary school with. It’s a very small world by meeting friends old and new as well as visiting new places that you’ve never seen before. I may hopefully go back and visit Portugal, Faro again someday, we’ll have to wait and see!


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