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A return to Faro

A return to Faro day one

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Flying in over the Ilha do Farol

My second visit to Faro, and Chris's first. I'd been there some years before with Virtual Tourist friends and took a real liking to the town. But this trip didn't get off to the best of starts. We'd arrived very early at Stansted Airport as the news in the preceding days had been full of stories about significant delays at airports around the country. With restrictions lifted people were travelling again and the airports struggling with too few staff to handle the sudden increase in passengers. We needn't have worried, about that at least. We sailed through security and found ourselves with three hours to kill airside. And three hours turned to almost four as our Ryanair flight was delayed. Every time we've flown with Ryanair I've said, never again, but then they come up with the best or only route option and I give them a second/third/fourth chance!

To be fair this particular delay wasn't really of their making. Strong winds at the airport were affecting arrivals and thus causing delays. Having said that, if Ryanair didn't have such tight turnarounds it wouldn't have impacted us so much.

Anyway in the end we took off almost an hour late, but after that the flight passed smoothly. Although I could have done without the almost constant attempts to sell us things (food, drinks, duty free fragrances, lottery cards, more drinks ...), another irritating feature of Ryanair flights it seems.

We flew in over the Rio Formosa estuary that I remembered loving last time I was here, looking especially magical in the setting sun.




Coming in to land at Faro Airport

We were off the plane and through passport control very quickly. It's a small airport and there seemed to be no other flights landing. We'd arranged a taxi transfer through our accommodation, so we're met in the arrivals hall by Jose who drove us to our studio rental.

At the Columbus Bar

The Blue Barqueta studio lies on a quiet street near the bus station, equidistant between the railway station and old town - a great location. It's bright and fresh with a modern bathroom and a sleeping area up a rather steep spiral staircase. The owners had left food (bread, cold meat, cheese, apples) and drinks (beer, wine, orange juice) but we wanted to go out and stretch our legs.

So we had a stroll to the Columbus Bar near the old town gate (another place I remembered from the VT meet). There we had a beer and a snack, before a short wander around the town and back to our little apartment to settle in properly.

The Blue Barqueta Studio

Posted by ToonSarah 17:52 Archived in Portugal Tagged flight portugal faro

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I remember Faro so well, that was a brilliant meet, I cannot wait to read about your return.

On a technical note, there are several of your images that are not appearing. This may well be due to the loathing technology has for me but I do not think it is the connection ((I am in a pub in Alnwick, I love this place) and everything else seems to be working OK.

The only image I can see is the spiral staircase.

I am off to Morpeth tomorrow and I would bum around here for ages but sadly I am running out of meds so I'll have to head home soon. I would happily run round Northumberland for months!

by planxty

Hi Sarah. I'm getting all the pictures so perhaps you've fixed the problem. The sunset is stunning and I love the spiral staircase.

by Beausoleil

Thanks both! It's great to hear from you Fergy and to know you're enjoying Alnwick :) I don't think there was any issue with the photos as they looked fine from my end. I haven't done anything to the post and Sally says she can see them, so maybe the pub connection wasn't as good as you thought it was?

More from Faro anon ...

by ToonSarah

Your studio looks very nice, though not sure Peter would like those stairs.

by irenevt

I wasn't sure I would like the stairs either Irene! It was a bit of a nuisance when I got up in the night (the bathroom was downstairs) but otherwise I coped fine once I got used to them :)

by ToonSarah

All working fine now, Alnwick must be further away from civilisation than I thought!

Joking aside, I fell completely in love with that place and would still be there had a school party not booked the entire hostel for the weekend so I have bounced down to Morpeth now, let's see what that has to offer.

by planxty

Glad it's looking OK to you now Fergy :) Morpeth is a nice town but I'm not sure it's a patch on Alnwick!

by ToonSarah

The studio looks nice :)

by hennaonthetrek

It was Henna - highly recommended if ever you plan a trip to Faro!

by ToonSarah

Ryanair ... never flew with the company because I hear such bad things about it. To be honest, sometimes I love to pay a little bit extra to avoid that company, but luckily enough we have wizzair and transavia here in the vicinity as well who till now go to all the wanted destinations. Hope it will never chance of course!

by Ils1976

I normally never choose them either Ils, but for Faro they're really our only option

by ToonSarah

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