I knew that there were some great opportunities to fill in some of my scavenger hunt gaps while we were on holiday but when I got over there, I thought it may be fun to see how many of the ones I had already found in Britain could also be found in the Algarve and do a duplicate set. So when Rinda suggested doing a mid-way link up, it seemed an excellent opportunity to show you my Portuguese version. I didn’t get them all over there – partly because I stupidly forgot to take the list with me, and had only remembered the ones I still had missing!
So without further ado – drum roll please – Scavenger Hunt – Portuguese Style.
Whilst on a walk one morning I happened to look down and see a heart shaped stone – which will come in nicely in case I need to substitute it for one category I can’t find!
Now, I’m not sure if this qualifies as a pier but it’s the closest thing I’ve found so far! I checked the definition of pier and it says - A platform used as a landing stage for boats, so I think I'm safe.
This is definitely a clothesline though!
And this is the mosaic border that ran along the edge of the swimming pool
Nice colourful sarongs for sale by the roadside on the way to the beach
The train network isn’t too high-tech out in this part of Portugal. This is the end of the line. Literally!
This historical landmark has some unpleasant associations unfortunately. This is the old Slave Market. Back in the 1440s the first ships went across to Africa from the port of Lagos, bringing back commodities to be sold at market. Things such as gold, chilli pepper, birds, ivory and sadly, African people to be sold as slaves.
Walking around the streets of Lagos, it’s not difficult to come across buskers playing musical instruments which adds a great atmosphere – these guys were pretty talented!
I came across this statue of a horse on the outskirts of the town we were staying in, and then when we went into Lagos for the day, I also found a horse on a carousel – can’t decide which one I prefer!
Shadows from the pots on the terrace at my sister’s house
A trail leading up to the obelisk at Praia da Luz. This was taken with a zoom lens from the terrace of the house. I’m not sure what the obelisk was built for, and I have only ever trekked up there once as it’s a pretty steep climb, especially in the heat!
After dinner one evening, we walked along the promenade beside the beach and came across these two girls (and their dog) playing on the beach with a ball.
Now this next one is stretching the boundaries a little. While we were away, the Olympic games started in London and we watched the opening ceremony on the tv, this is my take on a picture of someone dancing!
The church in Praia da Luz is really distinctive and the inside of it is really ornate. I think it originally dates back to the early 1500s, but has been damaged in earthquakes and storms over the centuries.
The Algarve is full to bursting with outdoor stairways but the one I have chosen is the stairway that leads from a balcony at the house up to the roof terrace with a typical Portuguese chimney at the top.
This next one almost got me into trouble. I looked across the terrace one day and noticed that in one of the other town houses, they had a hammock! Whilst it isn’t hanging from a tree, it is hanging from a beam of wood and wood comes from trees so that counts, doesn’t it? Anyhow, I had to sneak up a flight of steps and peer over the terrace wall in the hope that there was no one sunbathing up there! Which is why the photo isn’t well composed, and has edges of barbecues, rubber rings and drying washing in it too. I had visions of a window opening and someone asking why I was photographing their terrace!
And the last one that I got was a picture of me standing with something that symbolizes my nation. Afternoon tea with scones, jam and clotted cream – what could be more British?
So now I have to make some decisions, as some of these are duplicates of those I’ve found in Britain but I am positive that a fair few of these will make it into my final 21. I still have one to find. A bride. As my friend's daughter gets married on 23 August I'm quietly confident that I should be able to wait outside the church for when she arrives and get the last photo. I really, really enjoy this project and love that Rinda has got so many people interested from all over the world. And it’s great to see how different nations provide such diverse takes on the same category. Can't wait to browse around and see how everyone else is doing! Why not pop over to Rinda's link up and join in the hunt!