Fri 30 Oct - Gramacho R&R Day 1
Both Ulf and Åsa had prior commitments today. Commitments done prior to me stumbling in on their doorstep.
Hence, by 9am, I was by myself in their fantastic house at Pestana Golf Resort. If you hadn't realized it by now, both of them are golf fanatics. And yes, both their commitments today had to do with golf.
I had been given suggestions of things to do but first, a few pictures from outside and inside their house.
Ulf and Åsa had done major house renovations including opening up the floor plan by removing walls, installation of Swedish timber floorboards in most rooms and installing new brand new kitchen. I'm sure there is a lot more that they did but that was what I remembered.
The house as you approach it. From the road:
And closer up.
The combined dining and living room.
Pestana Golf Resort has two 18 hole golf courses within its grounds. And you can have no doubt that it is a golf resort as you walked through it.
And these are the upstairs views of the neighborhood.
Views from the upstairs balcony over the adjacent golf course.
The distance according to Ulf is approximately 5km one way and parts of it is on dirt road...
In addition to goats, there are also wild dogs in the area and at one point I saw one of those dog's head pop up behind one of those clay walls.
The stray dog was then following me from a distance for a while, which made me a bit nervous. However, I later heard that these dogs are not the ones to be worried about. The guard dogs are the bad ones if they get loose.
Ferragudo seemed genuine enough and today the day before 31 October, there was a Halloween event in its main square.
The dourado fish was seriously tasty. Best food since leaving Australia. This was GOOD!!
Pestana Golf Resort back by 2.30pm and managed to switch off the home alarm without causing Securitas to be alerted and to come out.
Home security is obviously a selling point in these golf resorts, which are almost like gated communities.
Later, i enjoyed a cold Carlsberg out back while watching the sun beginning to set.
Åsa arrived home first and Ulf later. We had a beer at the clubhouse of the golf resort before taking a taxi to Carvoeiro. There we had dinner in what Ulf and Åsa called a typical Portuguese restaurant.
Of course, I forgot to take photos and didn't recall that until towards the end of the visit. So here is a photo of Ulf and Åsa with their wine glasses.
I had grilled tuna for dinner which was huge and also delicious. Two great meals in one day. When did that last happen? Not in Europe that's for sure.
The restaurant's owner was clearly a football fan.