This is, quite literally, the edge of the known world – or it was when Henry the Navigator was living. You can almost imagine he and probably many others, coming to this cliff and seeing the horizon, curving into nothingness. How easy it would be to believe that there was nothing beyond it. Can you imagine? Believing that there was every possibility you could sail off the edge of the world and setting out in wooden boats anyway? Totally amazing and not a little awe-inspiring, if you ask me. Welcome to St. Vincent.
This is the only day it rained on our trip – and it was fitting. The wind blew from the sea over this barren wind-hammered landscape for miles. Very few houses out here, probably for that very reason. But the beaches – nestled between the massive cliffs – are gorgeous and frequented by surfers of a more adventurous stripe than I. A little to the right in this pic there were some sun umbrellas and a few beach bums, several with surf boards. You can see the sand breaks marching up the beach to keep the wind from blasting the road to bits. We had lunch in Lagos which was very pretty. There were fish mosaics in the sidewalks here.
Later Mom and I took the optional to drive through Faro and Almansil to see the Chapel of St. Lawrence, the interior of which is entirely done in their characteristic blue and while tile. They had repaired it in several places, but each tile had been hand painted and fired separately, so it was quite breathtaking to see the entire thing so precise. I did not take pictures inside. I can’t bring myself to take pictures inside churches – it seems somehow impolite; but here’s one from the outside. You can see the tile above the entrance, depicting the saint himself welcoming you inside. It’s not that big, but it would have taken years to complete the inside.
Another dinner out this evening. I believe had something like fish prepared in a cataplana. Perhaps even the dish is called Cataplana; I don’t recall. However, it was really, really tasty. As were all the appetizers and the dessert – if we didn’t walk so much around here I’d get FAT!
Another night being serenaded by our little froggy orchestra with the door open all night. So relaxing!