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Wednesday, 31 May 2006

Breakfast at the Hotel Garbe

Buffet
Orange, Apple, Tomato Juice
Tea or coffee
Choice of Cereals
White Bread, Brown Bread, Rolls, Brioches, Croissants, Vianas, Toast
Butter, Jam and Marmalade
Ham, Salami, Cold Meats Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce
Bacon, Sausage, Baked Beans
Mushrooms, Eggs
Yogurt ~ Fresh Fruit ~ Cake

Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Barbeque Nights

The popular Saturday night barbeque at the Hotel Garbe has returned for the summertime. Once again guests from both within the hotel and from outside, can enjoy the sumptuous tastes of the juicy meats, piri piri chicken and fresh fish, not forgetting the tasty salads and mouth-watering table of deserts. As always the enviable terrace and restaurant of `Por do Sol´ is the setting and Sangria will be flowing the whole evening long.

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Selected Salads
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Sardines
Fish
Grilled Chicken
Grilled Pork Steaks
Meat
Grilled Sausages
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Buffet Desserts
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Water and Sangria
LIVE MUSIC FOR DANCING

7:30 p.m €: 22,00 Iva Inc per person

Monday, 29 May 2006

Letter of Appreciation

From: raymond harrison
Sent: sexta-feira, 19 de Maio de 2006 10:41
To: mail@hotelgarbe.com
Subject: Letter of appreciation


Dear Sir,

My wife and I have just spent 2 weeks holiday at Hotel Garbe ( Mr & Mrs R. Harrison 29th April to 13th May Room 201)

We are 'E' Mailing to congratulate you on an exceptionally well run Hotel.

We wish to bring to your notice the friendliness, courtesy and helpfulness of your Reception Staff especially Claudia Grimberg, without whose help
we would certainly not have enjoyed our holiday so much. You are very fortunate to have staff of this caliber who advance the reputation of the Hotel.

Praise can also be given to the Room Service staff where our room was serviced to a high standard and the facilities were 1st Class.

Small things show the quality of hotels, for instance, we were having breakfast in the restauraunt and noticed one of your guests dropped her knife
which she picked up and was about to wipe it with her serviette but waiter Paulo Renato immediately took the knife and replaced it with a clean one.

All the facilities and the attitude of your staff point to a well run hotel which we will recommend to any of our friends who wish to visit the Algarve.

There is no doubt that we will be coming back to the Algarve and also without doubt we shall stay at your Hotel

Thank you once again for an excellent holiday.

Best Regards

Nesta & Ray Harrison.

Friday, 26 May 2006

William David Haines

We have a number of paintings by local artists on display in our reception, one which is currently exhibiting is William David Haines - pictured here.

Artist William David John Haines has been in the Algarve just over eighteen months, but already his feel and interpretation of the region has inspired him to create some of the most striking works of Algarvean trademark-feature art, ever seen. An accomplished artist and sculptor, William has been involved in the world of art from a very young age, having produced his first wooden sculpture at the age of nine, and his first painting at thirteen.

During the 1970's, Haines ran his own studio in the Welsh town of Newport, his paintings even then reaching high demand and being featured around numerous Welsh galleries.

His self-taught techniques have been honed into an unmistakable and captivating talent, his biggest inspiration and influence being the unique artist Van Goth, which he has studied intensely for over three decades.

Fluent in Algarvean commercial art, abstract, traditional, modern and fun art, colour plays a large part in Haines's art, using bold, captivating colours freely and on density, giving the pieces texture and life.


Painting by means of acrylic and oils, his works are produced on both canvas and wood, following main techniques also favoured by Van Goth.

His work is now creating quite a stir in the Algarve, becoming highly acclaimed and widely sought after.

Pieces may also be ordered on commission.

For more information please contact William David John Haines on 968 290 627.

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

The Algarve Artists Society


We were pleased to be the venue of the first meeting of the Algarve Artists Society on the 15th may 2006. It was a successful event and the first members joined on the evening as founder members of the new Society.

The AAS next meeting will be on 19th June 2006 in the RAJ Restaurant. New members are welcome and the Society Logo Design will be selected from the member’s designs on this occasion.

Anyone interested in attending the next meeting or becoming a member should contact Harry Hopley on 966 033124.

Tuesday, 23 May 2006

The Algarve in Black and White

Last Saturday we had an Exhbition of Drawings by Brian Folkard in our Chelb Room on the first floor.

Brian (pictured here) a draughtsman, creates his art in a distinctive A Dourer/ impressionist style.

Many visitors came to enjoy and to buy his work, including a number of drawings of Algarve villages.

Brian will take commissions.

For more information please telephone 96 7623536

Monday, 22 May 2006

Recipes From Portugal - Sopa de Pedra

Once upon a time there was an old man (a different story speaks of ‘a travelling monk’) who went begging in the Algarve from door to door, farmhouse to farmhouse. One evening he reached a lonely farmhouse in the hills and the people there gave him shelter. He was very poor but very proud. When he asked in the kitchen if he could cook himself a little soup, they agreed. But the farmer’s wife was most surprised to see the old man reach into his bag and take out a few stones. He put the stones into his cooking pot, poured water over them and put the pot on the fire. How could the old man possibly think that these stones and water would make a good soup? “Be patient for a little while,” answered the old man and left. Feeling sorry for him, the farmer’s wife took whatever vegetables she had in her own pots and added a little of each to the stones.

In a different version of the story the old man supposedly answered that the stones where all he needed, but he would like just a few things to cook with them. Whatever the story, the result was the same. Stone soup was born and it exists to this day. Sopa de Pedra is an ideal way to use up left-overs.

Sopa de Pedra - Stone Soup
1 litre water or stock 2 tbsp oil
1 onion 1 large carrot
1 green lettuce 2 slices of toast
1 egg salt, pepper

Heat the oil in a saucepan, cut onion into slices and brown in the oil. Cut lettuce and carrot into small pieces, add to the onion and pour water or stock over it. Break toast into small crumbs and add to soup. Cook for about 10 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk the egg and pour gently into the soup.

Thursday, 18 May 2006

Directions from Faro Airport

For our first time visitors, we have clear directions from Faro Airport to the Hotel Garbe - please see:-

http://www.golfatgarbe.com/directions.pdf

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

4th International Sand Sculpture Festival


Contributed.
The Worlds Largest Sand Sculpture Event, FIESA 2006, opens its doors to public this Saturday in nearby Pera, with this years theme Mythologies.

The 4th International Sand Sculptures Festival (FIESA 2006) will open on 20th May, at 18:00h, exhibiting thirty five thousand tons of sand, sculpted in scenes and symbols of the universal mythology.

The city of sand began to be built at the beginning of April, by a group of thirty three sculptors of several nationalities.

The most known myths and Greek gods are represented in sand, as well as symbolic episodes of the Old and New Will. Another area is dedicated to the Celtic and Nordic mythology, being followed myths Assyrian, Egyptian, of India and of Africa.

FIESA, organized by Prosandart, it is the only festival of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula and, for the amount of sand used, it is the largest exhibition of sand sculptures, in the world.

In the festival, there is also a place for sand sculpture activities for public, where the children and the adults can show their creative capacity and to learn the basic techniques of this way of artistic expression.

FIESA can be visited everyday, between ten in the morning and the midnight. During the day the sculptures can be admired with all their detail and the night brings other atmosphere to the park of sculptures, FIESA in the night, illuminated by color lights, and special effects.

Monday, 15 May 2006

Thank you for your comments

We were delighted to receive this e-mail message from the Organiser of the Glyme Valley Probus Club for Ladies Group that stayed at the Hotel for the last week of April.

Hello Vicky,

Just wanted to say a very big thank you for all the help you gave me
organising our holiday.

Everyone enjoyed it and we all love your wonderful hotel.

It is still very cold here and I just close my eyes every so often and "see"
that fabulous view I had from my balcony. I can almost feel the warmth of the
sun.

Thanks again.

Bernie

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

The Algarve Artists Society

The first meeting of the Algarve Artists Society will take place on Monday, 15th May, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in our Chelb Room on the first floor.

The society is for like-minded artists who want to get together, exchange ideas, listen to professionals, create new pieces or just chat about their passion. Meetings will be held monthly at the Hotel Garbe, with visiting artists giving presentations, advice and classes to help and inspire you.

There will also be a quartely competition, the first being to design the society's logo. With an annual fee of only 15 Euros, can you afford not to be involved in the first society of its kind in the Algarve?

Anyone interested in attending the meeting and becoming a member should contact Harry Hopley on 966 033124.

Monday, 8 May 2006

Spotlight on our Reception Manager

Our Reception Manager, Manuela Brito came to the Hotel Garbe as a receptionist in 1979, she has been Reception Manager since 1990.

Manuela is responsible for reservations, and the Front Desk. Always a smile on her face, Manuela enjoys her work because is is interesting and varied. She deals with many queries throughout the day - as well as ensuring the smooth running of our Reception.

Friday, 5 May 2006

The Algarve in Black and White


An Exhibition of Drawings
By Brian Folkard
Saturday, 20th May, 2006
10.00am – 2.00pm
and
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm


A draughtsman, creates his art in a distinctive A Dourer/ impressionist style.


His much sought after original work will interest collectors.

Will take suitable commissions.


For more information please telephone 96 7623536

Wednesday, 3 May 2006

Whats On - May, 2006

Wednesday, 3rd May – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 4th May - Monthly Writing Circle – 10.00am – 4.00pm
Thursday, 4th May - Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday 5th May – Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday, 6th May – Middle Eastern Intermediate Dancing Classes with Jeanette Elliot – 10.00am
Saturday, 6thMay – Middle Eastern Beginners Dancing Classes with Jeanette Elliot – 12.30pm
Saturday 6th May – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 7th May – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.30pm
Monday 8th May – Folklore Dancers – 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 9th May – Arte Vivasic for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 10th May – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 11th May – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Friday 12th May - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Saturday, 13th May – Sandra e Jorge – Music for Dancing – 9.00pm
Sunday, 14th May – Carlos Pontes – 9.00pm
Monday 15th May – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Tuesday 16th May – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Wednesday, 17th May – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 18th May - Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday, 19th May - Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday, 20th May – Middle Eastern Intermediate Dancing Classes with Jeanette Elliot – 10.00am
Saturday, 20th May – Middle Eastern Beginners Dancing Classes with Jeanette Elliot – 12.30pm
Saturday 20th May – An Exhibition of Drawings by Brian Folkard - Chelb Room- 1st Floor - 10.00am-2.00pm & 4.00 to 8.00pm
Saturday 20th May – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 21st May – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.30pm
Monday 22nd May – Folklore Dancers – 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 23rd May – Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 24th May – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 25th May – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Friday 26th May - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Saturday, 27th May - Sandra and Jorge – Music for Dancing – 9.00pm
Sunday, 28th May – Carlos Pontes – 9.00pm
Monday, 29th May – Nuno - Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Tuesday 30th May – Nuno - Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Wednesday, 31st May – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm

Weekly
Mondays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class (pre-book at Reception)
Mondays – 11.00am – Pilates
Mondays – 12.30am – Aqua Aerobics (pre-book at Reception)
Wednesdays – 2.15pm - 5.30pm – Bridge
Thursday Evenings – 6.00pm – Pearl Exhibition – Reception Area
Fridays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class (pre-book at Reception)
Fridays –11.00am – Pilates Classes
Friday Evenings – 7.30pm – Duplicate Bridge
Sunday Afternoons – 1.45pm – Millennium Bridge Club
Sunday Evenings – 6.00pm – Silver Exhibition – Reception Area

Fortnightly
Saturdays – 10.00am –Middle Eastern Intermediate Dancing Classes (6th & 20th May)
Saturdays – 12.30pm –Middle Eastern Beginners Dancing Classes (6th & 20th May)

Every 1st Thursday of each Month – 10.30pm – 12.30pm Monthly Writing Circle (4th May)


THE FACILITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT FEATURED MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

Tuesday, 2 May 2006

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things

(Received by e-mail - April, 2006)

Good afternoon,

I just wanted to say to you all a big `thank you` as we had a lovely holiday with you the last week of March this year.

This was a special time for us as whilst we were with you we celebrated our Golden Wedding.

I keep telling all that ask that we had a wonderful Hotel, a lovely room and great food..........and the week we were there the sun arrived.....what more could we want.

This was our first visit to Hotel Garbe and hope that we are able to come to you again.

Many thanks again


Gwen and Peter , from the U.K