A sliver from Spain and two boat rides
Since we were so close to the border of Spain, we decided to take a quick trip to Huelva. Huelva is considered to be the 2017, Foodie Capital of Spain. We got there in time to try out some amazing tapas (small meals) at a restaurant called Pappies. They were fabulous.
Huelva is the city that Christopher Columbus set sail from on his quest to find the new world and there is a huge statue there in his honour. The waterfront is still an important part of Huelva, and there is a gorgeous bike/walking path that follows the shore. There are many benches along this trail too and while I was off with Artie taking this picture, Marcus sat down on one of those benches and got a sliver. We thought we pulled it out right away…. but…
Over the next few days Marcus continued to complain about the sliver site on his backside. We ended up taking him to the hospital (figuring that he would get some antibiotics and we would be on our way). Well, we figured wrong… Marcus was pulled into surgery and they drained the site, then put him on antibiotics and gave us a nice little bill for the service (along with instructions to return each day to have the dressing changed). After a few feverish days, the almost inch long remainder of the sliver came out and Marcus was on the mend.
What was likely most frustrating for Marcus (aside from being taken down by a tiny piece of wood in his behind)… was the fact that he couldn’t go in the water to snorkel anymore. In fact, I had to put most of our adventures on hold throughout the “sliver convalescence” period.
We did manage to fit a couple of boat trips into our last week in Portugal. Our favourite of the two was the Grotto Tour. We took a small boat on a tour through the grottos along the coastline of Lagos.
While the limestone cliffs and formations are stunning, the clear blue-green water along the coast is what we couldn’t keep our eyes off of.
As you can imagine, many of the formations have been given names. This formation is the “Titanic and Iceburg”.
Artie declared this to be the best boat ride ever (it was memorable), and I would highly recommend doing it if you ever find yourself in the Algarve.
Our second boat trip did not turn out quite like we expected though. We took a Dolphin Tour, out into the Atlantic. I expected it would be a leisurely jaunt on a fairly large boat. What it was though, was a high-speed boat ride where we were airborne as much as we were on the water… and we all ended up drenched from the cutting sea spray. I gave up on seeing dolphins about an hour into the ride, and put my energy into praying that we would survive the ride. But, we did eventually find dolphins. Dozens of them jumping in and out of the waves. They were beautiful, graceful, gentle and amazing to watch. I couldn’t however pry my white knuckles off of the seat in front of me though to get my camera out of storage to get any pictures of them (sorry).
Our time in Lagos definitely had it’s share of unpleasant occurrences (theft from our luggage, my illness, Marcus’s sliver….). Even with all of that, we loved our time in Portugal. The food, the sun, the Port, the ocean, the flowers and the lovely people were a joy to experience. We’d gladly visit Portugal again in the future.
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Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.