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From Ocean to Mountains to Ocean

Portugal 2016

semi-overcast 57 °F

Raining - no golf so we're off to Monchique; a spa town in the Serra de Monchique mountains - about 45 mins from Lagos (we're all in agreement; no more than an hour in a car; not spending our trip time peering out of car windows.)

Monchique is roughly 1500' ft above sea level; total change in vegetation. Also pouring rain; we had to pull over until the storm passed.
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We're told Monchique is known for Medronho - a liqueur made from the the fruits of the arbutus (strawberry) tree which grow in the surrounding hills. We bought small sample bottles but have not yet sampled ... we're told it's an acquired taste.

The town is one of my favorites - perhaps the rain storm left it clean and fresh - I thought the building colors were wonderful.
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We turned a corner and there was this lovely small church.
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The mountains are known for their cork trees.
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There's a dazzling array of cork products available - shoes, purses, placemats, glass cases, phone cases ... I'm getting some.

We're also in the heart of piri-piri chicken. Trust me, the main ingredient is a chili. Philip & I gave it a go and it was amazingly good.
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I checked the ingreds on Wikipedia - It is made from crushed chillies, citrus peel, onion, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano, and tarragon.

During our journey up the mountain; we passed an intriguing pottery store ... made mental note to stop on our way back. Oh yes, let the shopping begin!
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Evening ... we're back to our beach & ocean.
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(why does the moon look so huge to the eye & so tiny in the pics?)

Posted by ChinaBecky 00:29 Archived in Portugal

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