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From late January - March, 2019   (Malaga, Spain)  -  (near Albufiera, and Lisbon, Portugal)  -  (London, UK)     Please go to my FaceBook profile for all of the posted trip pictures & commentary…

On our way to London…


High winds en route caused a lengthy flight delay in Lisbon, British Airways passengers were invited to have a chat with the pilots and get a photo taken in
the fight deck, many sincere thanks to our awesome BA flight crew…




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Nazare, Portugal



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The lighthouse, on the point, sits above the end of Nazare's 230km long underwater canyon.  Cold North Atlantic swell surges out of the canyon from a depth of up to 5000m, instantly doubling
the wave above it as it displaces a phenomenal body of water.   That's why the waves on each side of the point become smaller than those crashing onto and around the point.




Legendary surf spot Nazare - the biggest wave ever surfed, and more…

The Nazare Trench…

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Tuesday, March 12th     Leaving tomorrow for Lisbon for three days and a side trip to Nazare…


One of our favourite restaurants for Happy Hour, fish, and a last sunset…




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Hiked to a few more beaches, the Algarve coastline here is stunning…


Having a map and cellphone helps to navigate more efficiently using public roads and pathways…



An arduous hike over challenging terrain ends with a cold beer…



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Best time to surf - November through April     September and October are recommended for expert surfers.   The surf/SUP curious tourist crowd tends to wait for warmer spring/summer water…

Hiking west along the Algarve Coast to beautiful, golden Gale Beach (left) & distant Salgados, looking back east (right) to a much more challenging coastline…


Pipeline conditions, these clean, straight, smaller, rolling 5 - 6 foot waves provide near perfect learning conditions all levels of aspiring surfers…



Lessons and rentals open here all year round…


A vigilant, friendly, loyal surf dog, watching out for her master who's enjoying a ride in the waves…






Actual today & average monthly Atlantic Ocean water temperature here in Albufeira, (Algarve, Portugal)…



Surfer down, loving surf dog to the rescue, perfect…





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All Boardsports are popular here along the Atlantic coast throughout the year, and up to week long enduro Camps attract motorcyclers from all over the world…

BMW F850GS sport bikes and the larger R1250GS are popular off road rental options.





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Hiking east along the Algarve Coast toward nearby Albufeira, and more distant Villamoura…


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Made all of our connections, settling in, cheers, and wandering about…
The Algarve coast is spectacular.




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Sadly leaving Maliga Sunday morning for Lisbon, then a trip down the west coast to Albufeira…




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Visited The Automobile and Fashion Museum outside Malaga - about 90 classic cars and fashions of the time, a few of our favourites posted below…




Above, that 1911 Renault AX!   ↑   Remember the love scene with Jack and Rose aboard the Titanic?



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A track ready factory XK120 Jag in a (waxed) flat black finish (just below) and a RHD '39 Lancia Astura Cabriolet (a Pinin Farina custom design classic for Jean Harlow) just above.



A customized 39 Lincoln Zephyr below, likely inspired by Hot Rodder Boyd Coddington…



(below)   A classic Porsche 356 Speedster, a Mercedes 300 Gullwing, and an Aston Martin DB5, James Bond's most famous second car.   (His first was actually a sky blue Sunbeam Alpine Series 2)



A transverse, mid engine Ferarri V8, SIGH…


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February 25th   Hiking up and into the Maine Cave - the historic Cueva del Tesoro…




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There are only three true marine caves in the world, this is one of them, formed mostly under water by the sea during the Jurassic Period…



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February 23rd   Along the break wall to the marina, an active and well supervised Opti and Laser class is evident…





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At the Contemporary Art Museum in Maliga.     A few moments of quiet reflection, see for yourself




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Worth a thought or two…




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Continuing to work an iPhone in different/somewhat challenging (iPhone) conditions with some improved results…






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(Shooting a large lumbering, open cell, foil kite through a plastic window, backlit & back sidelit exposure conditions, sports action, and celebrating an early, on-going Happy Hour…)




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A few pics of the palaces at beautiful, fortified Alhambra, a Muslim and Christian peaceful coexistence for a number of centuries, in Granada…









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Plus Ultra signified the edge of the world in the 12th century, one can go no further,

(disproved a few centuries later by Columbus who was also granted by Queen Isabella, in this palace, a permission to sail west from here…




(above)  Ceiling, double wall, an aqueduct that actually powered working toilets in the12th century…

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February 19th   Settling in nicely.   Wandering about old and new Malaga, and beyond…




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Morning Walk (and there is kiteboarding here…)




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Happy Hour with live music!




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A few wind-related and beach shots wandering around Malaga, Spain…




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(This building was originally constructed in the mid 1800s.   The plaza or city square (adjacent to these apartments) was built in 1507.)
We are staying in the flat two floors above the umbrellas and chairs.



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Departed Pearson Int., changed flights in Gatwick UK, and safely arrived in Malaga, cheers & hola!





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Site should likely report again within a few days…




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For January 26th     Will be travelling lite with only an iPhone 8+ for photos…






(Used an iPhone 8+ above)


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Thumbs up…











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For January 24th       Archives ~ August 13th, 2014, Joe helped us to secure one of our first wins.
Another absolutely awesome crew member…







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For January 23rd     Hurricane Noel (2007) passing through Frisco, NC, OBX (Oceanside)   Look for the kiteboarder (water-starting) in the waves…

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For January 22nd   Surf's up!   Occasionally a bit gnarly on the Oceanside, The Outer Banks, NC…





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For January 21st   A few arial photographs of the Outer Banks, NC, also showing Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, found online…





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For January 20th   Soundside   (Pamlico Sound, NC)





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For January 20th   A satellite view of the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX)

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For January 19th   Live well.   Embrace the moment regardless of the fuel that powers your ride.   Only this moment is life…



>> Most everyone has some kind of dream, and this one comes with a Miele washer/dryer… <<


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For January 18th     Summer 2010     An interesting sky.




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For January 17th     In the straps, hooked in, and flying.   Moments.   Long Beach, Wainfleet 2012…



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SailFlow ~ Lakes Erie & Ontario SailFlow ~ Lakes Erie & Ontario In service…   WindAlert ~ Lakes Erie and Ontario Outer Banks NC

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