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    Loulé - a Market to Remember

    <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Loul&eacute; Municipal Market is housed in an iconic building dating from 1908,&nbsp;easily identifiable thanks to its Neo-Arabic style and its impressive crimson&nbsp;domes. Given its location and powerful architectural image, the market&nbsp;is considered the highlight of the city, making for an exceptional meeting&nbsp;place, marked by memories of past events and stories. We recommend&nbsp;a visit on Saturday morning, allowing you to witness firsthand an alluring&nbsp;palette of colours, aromas and flavours in a truly authentic atmosphere.&nbsp;This could easily become your favourite market.</p> <p>Celebrate the freshness of&nbsp;the finest fruit and vegetables. Marvel at our traditions, our customs and&nbsp;the finest regional produce.</p>
  • the market of Loulé is considered the highlight of the city, making for an exceptional meeting place

  • Meet our favorite airline pilot, Mr. Stuart Stringer

    <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <h2 style="text-align: center;">A respected commercial airline pilot, who has travelled the world, yet chose the Algarve as his home. We find out why, as we speak to Mr Stuart Stringer</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>YLP: Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you born?&nbsp;Where have you lived?</strong></em></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;I was born in Scotland, just outside Aberdeen, with a Scottish mother and an English father. We lived in Scotland initially, but eventually moved to just outside London, where I finished my schooling.&nbsp;I enjoyed my childhood; I was lucky to have good friends and spent my school holidays on the farm in Scotland with my Grandfather and cousins.&nbsp;Since leaving home I have lived in Germany, the UK, the USA, Abu Dhabi, Holland and finally Portugal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>YLP: Did you always know that you wanted to be a pilot? Can you remember any funny episodes? Have you had any close calls?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;Flying was the last occupation I was thinking about when I left school. It had been decided from way back that I would train as a quantity surveyor and then join the construction company that a couple of my uncles had in Scotland. So, at 18, I went to college in London to start my course.&nbsp;My heart wasn&rsquo;t in it and after a year I knew that I wouldn&rsquo;t be able do this for the rest of my life. So, much to the disappointment of my parents, I dropped out and enjoyed life in 60s London. All good things have to come to an end, though, and it was time to get a job. I cannot remember why, but I applied to the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. The RAF got back to me first and that is how I started my flying career.<br />Flying on frontline squadrons, by virtue of what you are doing, is somewhat dangerous, but the excitement is worth it and the vast majority of us have survived it, though I did have a mid-air collision over Germany when on my first squadron as a very young Pilot Officer. Actually, it was on the day of my promotion to Flying Officer, which, but for the luck of the gods, could have been very short. I ended up parachuting into the small Dutch town of Posterholt and landed in the middle of the main road, luckily it was not busy and I still remember clearly this old lady coming out of her house with a chair for me to sit on while she went back and poured me a glass of wine. It tasted so good. Sitting there in the sun, with a drink and cigarette, I thought - life is good!<br />She had probably done this before in 1944.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>YLP: When you are flying as a passenger what&rsquo;s the thing that&nbsp;annoys you most?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;Generally not much annoys me, as most of my flights these&nbsp;days only last for a few hours, but if I have to think of one thing, it would&nbsp;be the constant communication by the flight attendants of a certain&nbsp;low-cost airline and their &ldquo;On-Time Arrival Gong&rdquo;, but it&rsquo;s a small price&nbsp;to pay for generally a good service.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>YLP: Is it true that a pilot and co-pilot cannot have the same meal?</strong></em></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;Yes, and it&rsquo;s easy to see why, as some forms of food poisoning&nbsp;can leave you totally incapacitated.&nbsp;About 20 years ago I was flying back to Abu Dhabi and luckily it was only&nbsp;about 30 minutes to go when the other pilot started to feel bad. Within&nbsp;10 minutes he was almost unconscious and unable to perform any duties.&nbsp;He was taken to hospital on arrival and spent the next week there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>YLP: As a pilot you must have seen many wonderful destinations.&nbsp;Which have really left their mark on you?</strong></em></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;I have visited and lived in many wonderful destinations and also a&nbsp;few not-so-wonderful, so it&rsquo;s very difficult to single out specific places. But&nbsp;if I have to, the first would be Australia, which I have always enjoyed visiting,&nbsp;and then it would be Malaysia, where, at one time, I had considered retiring.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>YLP: When did you first discover Portugal? And what was your first&nbsp;impression of the country?</strong></em></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;I first visited Portugal in 1974. At that time there was a revolution&nbsp;in place; I didn&rsquo;t stay long.&nbsp;I returned for a holiday in the late 80s and enjoyed the Algarve so much&nbsp;I left having bought a house, which I still live in to this day. So you could say I had a good first impression.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>YLP: Why did you choose the Algarve to live permanently?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;I have always felt very comfortable here. The people, climate,&nbsp;social life, the Atlantic coastline, proximity to friends and relatives, and&nbsp;already having a home here, made the decision very easy.&nbsp;Also very important, my wife Marie-Jose loves living here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>YLP: How would you describe the Algarve to someone who&nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t know it?</em></strong></p> <p><strong>STUART:</strong>&nbsp;Paradise!</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
  • A respected commercial airline pilot, who has travelled the world, yet chose the Algarve as his home. We find out why, as we speak to Mr Stuart Stringer.