Sunday 28th August, 2022
I got up and headed out to find some breakfast. It would appear that many places don't open on Sundays but I found a good place, which was busy but had a space for me.
Faro Old Town is lovely - it was a dull (but warm) day so didn't really see it at its best but it is still interesting. I had a good wander around and also visited the market (the food market).
Back at the guest house I found a little terrace next to reception where I could sit in the shade (sun was out by now) and get some work done before getting the train to Lisbon.
I headed to the station hoping to find a small shop to buy water and a few things but there was nothing but a cafe/bar with only limited supplies. I boarded the train and had a very comfortable seat - almost like an armchair - in First Class. It was only a few euros more than standard class. I was the Woman in Seat 61 (see the blog - the Man in Seat 61)
The carriage sooned filled up at all the stops along the Algarve before heading north to Lisbon. Unfortunately we seemed to now be travelling at a snail's pace (Sunday engineering works? - there were announcements which I couldn't understand). We ended up getting to Lisbon about 25 minutes late.
Unfortunately the handle came off my brand new wheelie case on the way to the station in Faro so I had to carry it from Entrecampos station to the hotel which was luckily very close.
It was a short walk to the local shopping mall (in an old bullring) for dinner - you are always very limited on Sundays - and then I spent an hour in the hotel bar with my laptop and a gin and tonic. I was surprised to be faced with a choice of Gordons or Beefeater - didn't think that was still possible in a world of thousands of gins. I asked about Portuguese gins but the barman didn't appear to know anything about those.
Off to Obidos tomorrow to meet old friends!