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 Post subject: Re: Deathgrowl's pictures
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So, my parents bought a summer house in Carvoeiro (Algarve, Portugal). And I went to see the place last week. I took some pictures. It's a very beautiful place. Not a lot of good beer, though. But they do have loads and loads of wine, and according to my parents who do drink wine (I don't), the many local wines tend to be very good.

So here are some pictures! Divided into spoilers for convenience.

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KLM from Værnes in Norway to Schipol in Amsterdam. Norway was gray and cold that day.
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At Schipol, the weather was much better. And this is the Transavia plane I boarded to fly to Faro in Portugal, which is about 50-60 kilometers away from Carvoeiro.
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And of course, to make the flight enjoyable. Beer and music. Fantastic.
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Pictures from Carvoeiro.
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My parents' house has a roof balcony. It wasn't all that great weather the day I arrived (or the day after), but the temperature was decent enough to sit up there and take a look around. I was also checking in on the BGTSCC IRC with my iPad!
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Later, I went inside and drank beer. Because beer is awesome.
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The day after, we took a walk down to the centrum of the town. This is a cliff by the sea side as we walked. Nice view.
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The town beach of Carvoeiro. This is basically the centrum.
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The local traditional fishing boats. Picture taken towards the centrum of the town while standing on the beach.
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A cave on the very same beach, just below where I took the picture above (the one above the boat picture).
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The sand stone cliffs are riddled with sea shells that have been blasted or otherwise stuck into the cliffs.
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Pretty flowers!
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The neighbour's cat sleeping on one of my parent's outdoor chairs when we got back! Cute little cat.
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Lunch on the roof balcony the next day!
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I also filmed the waves down at the town beach. 31 seconds full HD with my mobile phone. So 64 MB. http://progressionmusic.org/algarve/carvoeiro.mp4

Then we took a walk towards the east of the town.
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They've built this wooden walkway a couple of kilometers along the cliffs.
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Some fancy cliff formations formed by the waves. Not the stairs obviously, those were formed by people. And there are some cut away paths formed by people. But still cool.
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Back up on the wooden path, looking to the west towards Carvoeiro.
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And another picture from the roof balcony when we got home. The weather was good that day, so you could see the ocean from up there. Walking down to the centrum takes 15-20 minutes, so it's not very far away if you want to go for a swim!
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Then we went to Sagres, which is 50 or so kilometers to the west of Carvoeiro. Sagres is the south-western most point of mainland Europe. They sell t-shirts saying "I've been to the end of the world".
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These are the cliffs towards the west. Spain, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea.
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This is the lighthouse placed just at the edge.
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These are the cliffs towards Lisbon in the north. Towards the west is the Atlantic Ocean.
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The town of Sagres has a small port.
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An old castle/fortress overlooking the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.
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Sign outside the castle.
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Inside the castle, taking a picture towards the lighthouse from above.
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From inside the castle, taking a picture towards the main courtyard and the front gate. This is on the west side of the little peninsula the fortress stands on.
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Still on the western side of the fortress. It has a lighthouse as well.
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On the east side of the peninsula, overlooking a beach near the town of Sagres.
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The courtyard of the fortress.
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Way back home I found some weird farming just north of Lisbon. Why do they farm in circles?
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Thanks for sharing more great pictures including informative descriptions.

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Why do they farm in circles?
Irrigation!

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Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing! Seems like a lovely place to send the summer in.


Never seen round fields either... so... weird!

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So that's what they mean by crop rotation. Now I get it! Hehe.

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One of them is pacman :o

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I practice archery in real life. Up until today, I've practiced what's called barebow archery. This means using a modern made bow (made from aluminium and fiberglass) with a modern bow design (in my case, a modern recurve bow) but shooting without any aim point or stabilizers and such.

I've had a break for about three and a half years due to living in a place where I couldn't go anywhere to practice for at least two years. Before I took the break, I had the unfortunate tendency of trying to look down the arrow to aim, closing one eye and such. But since I started again, I've been learning what is known as instinctive archery. This means you just focus on the target and shoot. No aiming, both eyes open and it goes faster. This is a very traditional way of shooting.

Here's a video of a guy who's very good at it, and using a longbow:


Here's one of my average series of 9 arrows at 18 meters from a four or five weeks ago. The target is 30 centimeters in diameter, I think.
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Also, here's a picture from years ago of the bow I have been using. This is a 45# @ 28' recurve bow.
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Also, a couple of weeks ago, I visited my sister in sweden. There I celebrated my birthday (which had been a week before that). My sister made me a cake:
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And now! Today! I got my new hungarian rider's bow! It is gorgeous. Made by the famous Lajos Kassai. Horn plated nocks and handle. 55#. This is going to be fun to shoot! This means I'm going over to very traditional shooting, as this is a very traditional bow.
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Here's the nocks. Note the horn inlays!
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Wow :shock: Very nice DG, thanks for sharing. And I love that cake design too!


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Beer! Me to the left, Valefort to the right! Hoorah!
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I'm getting there! New bow with no arrow rest and 10lbs heavier draw weight, so it's even harder to shoot. Here's about what I'm getting at around 30-35 meters outdoors with the new bow!

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wow those are amazing pictures! yea in places where its too hot or there isnt enough rain they need to water their crops with sprinklers. picture a clock, and all over the long hand theres water sprinklers.

edit: Oh and you have good taste in beer!

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Not bad shooting. Key is breath control and a light finger on the trigger. Do you use a trigger pull , or finger pull?

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Not bad at all! :lol: If I was using a bow, I'd be lucky if even one of my shots hit the target area. Nevermind the fine spread in your photo!

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TeoDeathDealer wrote:
Not bad shooting. Key is breath control and a light finger on the trigger. Do you use a trigger pull , or finger pull?

Hahaha! Trigger on a bow! No that's for cheaters like compound bow "archers"! :P

No, I use a traditional bow (see hungarian rider's bow above) and shooting glove, index finger above the arrow's nock, middle and ring finger under. I'd love to have more traditional arrows with the nock basically cut out in the wood rather than a plastic nock, but I'm too lazy to make them myself and I can't find anywhere in norway to buy them

So I shoot entirely traditionally.

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