24.03.2017 - 28.03.2017
Mardi Gras seems to last a long time in Portugal, there was live music on Saturday night and then BBQ on Sunday which was also linked to the chef, Alex, birthday. Pedro got everyone dressed up and how jacqui managed just a very stylish ball mask we don't know. The party lasted 7 hours and it was meant to be a lunchtime do!
Roger and Sue were great companions, joining in with everything and I will have to share some of the photos Roger took. Good job it wasn't to far to stagger back to the van to collapse!
Monday we rested and the other two drove off west to Silves which we have missed this year, it's a lovely town with loads of storks nesting everywhere. We picked up Jacqui's MRI results and got her brace and did a bit of shopping in the big Faro mall; we thought Faro would be a big place with its airport but, apart from the castle and a small marina there is not much to it.
Shrove Tuesday is the traditional carnival day and there are really big celebrations all over the Algarve but we are going to the local town of Paderne for a more modest and old fashioned affair, or so we assume.
We have just got back from the carnival and had a great couple of hours eating local pancakes and pork rolls with piri piri sauce, which was a bit too hot, and beer and local spirit, again. All of the floats were made in the town as were the costumes, the local Chinese bazaar must have taken a hammering. The floats were decorated with handmade tissue flowers in various images, there were lots of stars and stripes and eventually we got the theme of some of the floats.
Trump, as a clown with more stars and stripes, Trumpalhada or Trump's mess and best of all Trump with his guns and army and the wall he wants to build along the Mexican border. The people carrying the wall stood firm whilst Trump and his army cowered behind children. It was very funny and so well done.
Other displays in the carnival were a group of washer women, presumably celebrating the local lavenderia by the spring in town; lots of dance troops young and old. Everyone was enjoying themselves so it must have been a good afternoon.