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Epic Sana, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Praia da Falésia, Miles of golden beach edged with red & white cliffs, plus sun beds, watersports, a restaurant & bar

Praia da Falésia

I love the Algarve; that’s what I said to myself as I thought of somewhere to take the family for a short break in the Autumn.

Having said that, when I checked, I had only actually been to the Algarve once,  and that was all of twenty years ago on a trip to a rented villa on the cheap; so perhaps I don’t like it as much as I thought I did?

Time to check it out again I thought. Time for Epic Sana.

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A truly Epic resort, five star luxury awaits inside

Epic Sana Resort Entrance, Algarve, a 5 star newly built haven for frazzled families

Epic Sana Resort Entrance, Algarve

well, it was rated #1 of 162 hotels in the Algarve, so I thought, lets just go there http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g189112-d3874674-Reviews-EPIC_SANA_Algarve_Hotel-Albufeira_Faro_District_Algarve.html

Epic Sana Resort, Algarve

Epic Sana Resort, Algarve

Epic Sana Resort, Algarve

Epic Sana Resort, Algarve

The EPIC SANA Algarve is just 200 m away from Falésia beach which, in addition to its surrounding 8 hectares of green areas, make it the first resort owned by the SANA Group to be the space of choice for lovers of beaches and countryside – or that is what the internet told me.

Epic Sana Resort Reception, Algarve

Epic Sana Resort Reception, Algarve

Epic Sana Resort Gardens, Algarve

Epic Sana Resort, Gardens

Built in 2013, this is a very plush swanky affair, the position is fabulous; 200m across the manicured gardens and down some wooden steps down to the amazing Falésia beach, or hop in a taxi to nearby Albufeira, or Faro Airport, around 37 Km away in 45 minutes.

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Many a dip in one of the five swimming pools

The Hotel is beautifully finished off with a main hotel building, resort suites and apartments, all with lovely views and mixed up around five pools or overlooking the ocean.

We stayed in two family deluxe rooms with ocean views, fantastic size, all mod cons and an open air bathroom should you wish to recline in some suds while watching the moonlit beach from afar.

Beautiful Algarve beaches and sunstes

Beautiful Algarve beaches and sunsets

Beautiful Algarve beaches and sunstes

A stroll down to the beach each night before dinner for sunset is a must

Great service, lovely food and good attention to detail. We will come back here for piri-piri chicken, sunsets on the beach and generally lounging around in 5 star luxury for a few days.

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Your own steps down to the beach

All in all a rewarding experience for five days with the family, I would recommend Epic Sana to anyone who wants to get away from it all and needs a rest come the autumn in 2015!

Algarve family fun beach Epic Sana Sunset

They liked it; and that is all that matters.

Lastly, this proved to be the final international outing for my Leica X2, to be replaced with a Leica M the following month, hence all photos from September 2014 will now be out of focus; oh how I miss that focusing!

 

 

 

 

 

Harrogate, playground to the rich and famous

What is it that makes Harrogate so alluring on a blustery Autumnal day?

 

Certainly a kick through the leaves and a wonder up the Stray is always a pleasant experience, as is a coffee and cake at Weeton’s, welcoming and warm as ever, even if I did lose my lens cap.

Here are some more pictures showing the best of the Autumn leaves on a lovely october day…

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Autumn, Harrogate, sunshine and a new camera, what is not to love?

 

Starting from scratch

I have a new camera. And I have to start from scratch, learning to compose, focus, expose and shoot, all in its most basic form.

I am so looking forward to it

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What very quickly becomes clear, is that focusing is not easy.

To deliver a lovely bokeh, and give a crisp clean focus to the main event (my Mother in this case) requires skill and balance – especially with the weight of the 50mm f. 1.4

I am finding that less is more, and in the future, there will be no such thing as a quick snap.

 

 

 

The Leica store, Florence

I think I have found my shopping heaven; tucked away around the corner from the tourists and the Ponte Vecchio.

 

Leica store, Florence - as good as it gets?

Leica store, Florence – as good as it gets?

 

Subtle, discreet, tucked away and amazingly stylish, packed with amazing stuff but beautifully done in every way – very similar to a Leica M camera.

More later on this shop and its contents, after two visits I had to be led away like a small child on holiday, pestering the parents to buy something that was never going to figure in even the most lavish piggy-bank emptying holiday finance debacle.

We can still dream though, perhaps a second hand M9 and a 35mm Summicron 1.4 would be nice.