Monchique and Lagos

What a completely fabulous couple of days we have had.  They have not been so good for the diet and they have not been very vegan either.  Vegetarian?  Yes, but not vegan.  Exercise has been ok as I have been swimming and walking about quite a lot but the food and wine/beer/port have been enjoyed rather excessively.

I am loving being with these 3 who giggle and chat (and sing if you’re James) their way through their days together.3 children This was a new one one for me – a “Portuguese Melon”.Portuguese melonI asked the roadside fruit seller what type of melon it was as I had never seen a white skinned melon before and I was told it was a “Portuguese Melon”. It was good.ortuguese melon On Tuesday we went up in to the hills, slightly North of the coast to a fantastic restaurant in Monchique.Monch 18 Check out that amazing view.Monch 17 What could be better than sitting in the cool breeze with this amazing view and great food?Monch 16 Sharing it with some of my favourite people of course!Monch 15 Monch 14 Monch 13 Monch 12 BJ’s Mother, Vera, who has been coming here for about 45 years ordered lunch and it was superb.  Everything we ate was so good.  This little cheese was quite strong and a lovely consistency; it was hard on the outside and soft inside.Monch 10 It was enjoyed with some tasty bread and a vegetable and olive dish.monch 8 I had vegetable soup instead of pate and bread.leek and potato soup This is what people come here for; Piri-Piri chicken, chips and salad.  I ate the chips and salad and they were perfect.  We all ate so much we could hardly move afterwards but we couldn’t stop as it was so delicious.  It is hard to convey quite how tasty the salad and chips were so you will have to take my word for it.chicken piri piri Monchique Curiously there was enough room for these lovely marzipan shapes which were perfect with a coffee.Monch marzipanWe went up to the top of the hill where there is a large touristy shop, a tiny church and strange things on the rocks.
Monch 7 Very strange things indeed.

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On our way down the hill we stopped off to collect some spring water.Monch 6 A bit more time to admire the view again.Monch 4 These 2 lovely ladies are with us.  Vera on the left is BJ’s Mum and our kind hostess and with her is her dear friend Flo’.  We are enjoying being on holiday with them very much.Monch 2 The water comes out via a metal pipe so we collected as much as we could in bottles and enjoyed the pure and clean water.Monchique 1 In the late afternoon we went down to the beach and the young folk went out on armchairs which looked like fun but I didn’t really fancy it.  I was too worried about being bumped off but that did not concern these two.Luz sofas 8 Or these three!Luz sofas 7 See ya!Luz sofas 6 Luz sofas 5 Luz sofas 3 Luz sofas 2 They all enjoyed that and we then had another fun evening in the Mojito bar and Paraiso Restaurant.sofas at Luz 1 Yesterday we went to Lagos where we hopped on a boat to visit the grottos.grottos 5 grottos 4 It was fun on the little boat we were on but I think a kayak would be the best way to explore this charming area of the coast.grottos 3 The kayaks also pull in to these secluded and private little sandy beaches.Grottos 2We had a very interesting boat ride along the coast and in and out of caves.
grottos 1We then headed in to Lagos town centre for lunch.Lagos police station The old town is a very attractive maze of tiled streets, filled with bars, shops and restaurants.  I would usually have enjoyed pottering about but it was too hot for me so we headed back to the villa with its large shady terraces, sea breeze and a multitude of sun loungers, sofas and beds to loll about on.Lagos town In the evening we went up the hill from the villa to Chicco’s, an Italian restaurant that serves lots of local and organic produce.  They also had a variety of vegetarian meals on the menu which made a lovely change.Dinner at Chicco's The food was SPECTACULAR.  This is the best food I have had for a long time.  The setting in Monchique was the best setting with excellent food but this food in Chicco’s in Praia da Luz was superb.  Shame they don’t serve this food at Monchique – if they did I may have to move here.  This was aubergine parmigiana with many different salads which is exactly how I like to eat with lots of little bits of a wide variety of foods.  aub parm at Chicco's I decided, that as the main meal was so delicious, the dessert must be worth the calories too so I had the chocolate pudding with a molten peanut butter and sea salt centre.  It was 🙂moltn choc and pb

This is one of those holidays that you wish would go on and on forever.  I feel very lucky to be here and am enjoying it all.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Monchique and Lagos

  1. From the roundabout take the Monchique exit and follow the signs to Monchique. Look for signs for the N124 and take the N124 north to a split in the road, then go left and your ascent to Monchique begins.

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