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Monday, 31 July 2006

What's On in August

AUGUST 2006

Tuesday, 1st August – Arte Viva for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday 2nd August - ”-Barbeque Night -7.30pm - Restaurant “Por do Sol”-Nuno – Resident Organist
Wednesday, 2nd August – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 3rd August -Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Friday 4th August – Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday,5th August -Sandra e Jorge - Music for Dancing- Restaurant “Por do Sol”-Barbeque Night-7.30pm
Saturday, 5th August - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 6th August – Carlos Pontes – 9.00pm
Monday 7th August – – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Tuesday 8th August – Arte Viva for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday 9th August - ”-Barbeque Night -7.30pm - Restaurant “Por do Sol”- Nuno – Resident Organist
Wednesday, 9th August – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 10th August - Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday 11th August - Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday,12th August -Sandra e Jorge - Music for Dancing- Restaurant “Por do Sol”-Barbeque Night-7.30pm
Saturday,12th August - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 13th August – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.30pm
Monday 14th August – Folklore Dancers – 9.30 pm
Tuesday, 15th August – Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday 16th August - ”Barbeque Night” -7.30pm - Restaurant “Por do Sol”- Nuno – Resident Organist
Wednesday, 16th August – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 17th August – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Friday 18th August – Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday,19th August - Sandra e Jorge - Music for Dancing- Restaurant “Por do Sol”-Barbeque Night -7.30pm
Saturday, 19th August - Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 20th August – Carlos Pontes – 9.00pm
Monday, 21st August – Nuno - Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Tuesday 22nd August –– Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday 23rd August - ”Barbeque Night” -7.30pm - Restaurant “Por do Sol”- Nuno – Resident Organist
Wednesday, 23rd August – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 24th August - Ilze – Singer – 9.00pm
Friday, 25th August - Alan Storm – Singer – 9.00pm
Saturday,26th August -Sandra e Jorge - Music for Dancing- Restaurant “Por do Sol”-Barbeque Night-7.30pm
Saturday 26th August – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm
Sunday, 27th August – Presumed Innocent – Dancers – 9.30pm
Monday 28th August – Folklore Dancers – 9.30 pm
Tuesday 29th August –– Arte Viva – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Wednesday 30th August - ”Barbeque Night” -7.30pm - Restaurant “Por do Sol”-Nuno – Resident Organist
Wednesday, 30th August – João Caracol – Music for dancing – 9.00pm
Thursday, 31st August – Nuno – Resident Organist– 9.00pm

Weekly
Mondays –9.30am – Pilates - Beginners Class (pre-book at Reception)
Mondays – 11.00am – Pilates
Mondays – 12.30pm – Aqua Aerobics (pre-book at Reception)
Tuesdays – 10.30pm – Scuba Diving (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 Afternoons – 2.15pm - 5.30pm – Bridge
Sunday Evenings – 6.00pm – Silver Exhibition – Reception Area

The facilities and entertainment featured may change without notice

Friday, 28 July 2006

Summer Lunches

During the months of July and August - we serve a Portuguese Speciality of the Day - enabling our guests to try the local dishes:

Monday - Oven Baked Bream Fish
Tuesday - Duck Cooked With Bacon And Chouriço Baked With Rice
Wednesday - Grilled Fish With “Algarve” Salad
Thursday - Steak Portuguese Style
Friday - Codfish With Chickpeas
Saturday - Broad Beans With Pork Meat
Sunday - Monkfish Rice

Speciality Of The Day - €.8,50 - 1.00-2.30.Pm

Thursday, 27 July 2006

Short Breaks - Creative Writing

6 nights – only 251 Euros per person

This break consists of six nights accommodation and breakfast and a place on our Creative Writing Course

This course consists of four 3-hours sessions.

If you enjoy writing, and would like to learn creative writing for profit or pleasure, this is the course for you.

Jenny Grainer, a professional journalist, will provoke your writing skills. Start that book or your memoirs for future generations to remember you by?

Dates:-
12th – 18th November, 2006
7th – 12th January, 2007
11th – 17th February, 2007
11th – 17th March, 2007

For reviews of Jennys' February, 2006 course please see http://newsatgarbe.blogspot.com/2006/02/creative-writing-course-reviews.html

For more information or to book, please contact us on shortbreaks@hotelgarbe.com

Wednesday, 26 July 2006

Diving Instruction in the Swimming Pool

Every Tuesday, Instructor trainer Michael Kals is in the swimming pool of the Hotel Garbe from 10.30am giving our guests the opportunity to discover scuba diving instruction

Michael Kals runs The 5 star scuba-diving-center „ O Cavalo Marinho „ – the Sea-Horse
He and his professional team offer a qualified beginner and advanced education based on ATEC-PADI-CMAS and SSI standards.

Guests can discover how easy and safe diving is. The team is very experienced in educating teens and kids from six years on, who can also get a worldwide accepted licence.

Charge: € 15,00 per person.

Tuesday, 25 July 2006

Comments and Suggestions please

In order to improve this blog - we would be very pleased to hear from you if there is any information you feel we should add to the blog.

We also accept "contributions" - eg. something you specifically enjoy about our Hotel, a "don't miss" activity, or just general information about Portugal - all of which will be very useful to our future guests. These will be marked as a "contribution" and carry your name.

Please send comments, suggestions and "contributions" to info@hotelgarbe.com

Monday, 24 July 2006

Exhibition at Fábrica do Inglês, Silves


"In the Land of the Dinosaurs"

The largest exhibition of dinosaurs in Europe is taking place in the Fábrica do Inglés in Silves, it opened on 22nd July and will run until 3rd September from 18.00 to 24.00hrs.

Friday, 21 July 2006

Car Hire - Winter Rates

We work with Cordial Car company here in the Hotel - please see below their rates for our guests for next winter.

November, 2006 to March 2007

7 DAYS
Group A - FIAT SEISCENTO €.80,00
Group B - FIAT PANDA 5 doors €.90,00
Group C - FIAT PUNTO HYNDAY ATOS €.100,00
Group D - FIAT PUNTO RENAULT CLIO €.130,00
Group E - FIAT PALIO WAGON RENAULT CLIO €.180,00

The prices above include: Unlimited Mileage, Fully comprehensive Insurance and VAT

Extras:
Baby Seat – €:15.00 – 7 days
Additional Driver – €:12,50 – 7 days
AIRPORT TAX – deliver and return - – €:30,00 – 7 days
P.A.I. (personal accident insurance) – €: 3,00 per day

For more information or to book your car please send e-mail to cordialcar@sapo.pt or see www.cordialcar.com.

Wednesday, 19 July 2006

SHORT BREAKS - Painting


7 nights – 348 Euros per person

This break consists of seven nights accommodation and breakfast and a place on our Painting Workshop


Course details
Each painting workshop will consist of four 3-hour sessions.

Colourful fishing boats, crystalline waters, white washed old houses on narrow cobble stones streets, wrapped in magnificent light makes Algarve an artist’s dream spot. Beginner or experienced artists will benefit from such an inspiration which will be guided by the experienced instructor Manuela Vale on a one to one basis with an introduction lecture to the relevant points on painting on location. Special attention will be placed on perspective, hue, colour temperature and above all light.

If you choose to have materials included (canvas board, and acrylics) it will be an additional 20 Euros.

Location – Four star hotel Garbe located on the beach of Armaçao de Pêra .

Price per person to include the course and 7 nights accommodation sharing twin landview room and breakfast is 355 Euros per person.

Dates
12th – 19th November, 2006
21st – 28th January, 2007
11th – 18th February, 2007
11th – 18th March, 2007

Non-residents course only - 180 Euros

For reviews of previous painting courses please see Painting Course Reviews

Tuesday, 18 July 2006

APAA Indian BBQ

Contributed

The APAA Indian BBQ at the Hotel Garbe on Friday evening was it's usual success. It was a glorious evening on the terrace overlooking the sea. The food from 'The Raj' was excellent as was the entertainment from the very versatile 'Howard Parkin'.

We would like to thank the following who donated raffle prizes
for this event:- 'Raj at the Hotel Garbe', Zoomarine, Aqualand, Tim Lewer at Quintalake Guia, Bom Dia, The Resident, Paws for Pets, Omega Parque, Safehands boarding kennels, Pestana Golf.

The event raised just under 1000 euros for the APAA SNIP (speying and neutering in Portugal) campaign.

We, at APAA, would like to thank the staff at The Garbe and The Raj for their help with this.
For further details please contact Jenny Tucker on 91 904 1903

Monday, 17 July 2006

From our Golf Desk

----- Original Message -----
From: Chris
To: 'Golf Desk'
Cc:
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 10:13 AM
Subject: RE: Recent Algarve Golfing
Hi Helen,

Just to say that Bob and I had a fantastic time in the Algarve. The hotel was great and the courses we played were superb. Thanks very much for putting together such a comprehensive and reasonable package. We would both have no hesitation recommending you to others and look forward to staying at the hotel again.

Cheers – Chris.

Thursday, 13 July 2006

Dinner menu - tonight




We are often asked about our menus - here is tonights' menu in for the Buffet in our Restaurant
Pôr do Sol




Selection of Salads

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Dogfish Fish with Seafood Sauce

Traditional Bacalhau (Cod) with Tomato

Meat “Emincé”

Sauteéd Lamb Cutlets with Mint Sauce

Oven-Baked Pasta

Selection of Pies

Selection of Desserts
18 Euros per person

Wednesday, 12 July 2006

Spotlight on our Guests

Pat and Eve Burke are two of our many returning guests - generally they come in the winter, but they decided this year to come in July as well - we took the opportunity to ask them to write a few words about us.

"We first arrived at the Hotel Garbe 17 years ago when Armacao de Pera was a fairly quiet fishing village with pretty almond trees and olive bushes everywhere. We loved it so much we have been back at least once every year since, mainly in the winter months, when we meet up with guests we have become friends wit over the years. Armacao de Pera is tranquil and all the local people have time to chat and are most helpful and friendly.
This year we decided to make an extra visit - and, for the first time, in July. We were a little concerned, knowing there would be more people - would all the lovely, gentle patient hotel staff (many of whom were here when we first came!) still have the time and inclination to be just as helpful. We need not have worried! They are fantastic and are one of the many reasons for our continued return. There are, of course, many more people about, but not too many. Last night we had dinner (delicious!) in the Raj Indian Restaurant. We had a window table and watched with great pleasure many families playing on the beach until 8.30pm. It looked so happy with the sun still shining on the different coloured parasols.
After our meal we walked along the promenade and were so impressed - the beach was completely free of litter - a compliment to our Portuguese host from the many nationalities and, perhaps, a lesson learnt from the Portuguese themselves. We sincerely hope to come back to our "home from home" for many years to come - we have already booked for 5 weeks in November/December. It occurs to me that we have never been here in September - I wonder if..........?


We are planning to continue to "Spotlight on our Guests" - if you would like the "Spotlight" on you - please let us know at spotlight@hotelgarbe.com

Tuesday, 11 July 2006

Index

Index
We have been asked if we can index some of the posts on this blog - so they are easily available at all times:-

Hotel Services

Golf Holidays
Breakfast at the Hotel
Barbeque Nights
Dinner menu - tonight
Junior Suites
Summer Lunches
Wedding Receptions
Pamper yourself in our Massage and Beauty Salon
Raj Indian Restaurant
Television Channels
Afternoon Tea and Biscuits

Useful Information
Directions from Faro Airport
Car Hire

Christmas and New Year Programmes
Christmas, 2006
New Years Eve Programme
Christmas Day Swim for Shoes
Swim for Shoes Video
Christmas Decorations, 2006
New Years Eve Gala Dinner
Christmas in Portugal

Activity Holidays

Special Interest Breaks
Middle Eastern Dancing
Garden Design and Appreciation
Short Breaks - Creative Writing
An Introduction to Portuguese Wine
Preferred Travel - Walking in the Algarve
Painting on the Beach
Introduction to Portuguese Wine

What's On - Hotel Garbe
An Introduction to Travel Photography
The Algarve Artists Society
Middle Eastern Dancing - New Class
Writing Circle
Diving Instruction in the Swimming Pool
EXCERCISE AT THE HOTEL GARBE
Folklore Dancing

Reviews and Comments from our Guests
Received by E-mail
From our Golf DeskReceived by e-mail
"Wonderful Honeymoon"
May Holiday
Letter of Appreciation
Neckermann Award
Thanks for the Memory - contributed
ODE TO THE GARBE
Thank you for your comments
Our Guests Say the Nicest Things
Painting Course Reviews
The Garbe Winter Experience
What our guests say
Creative Writing Course Reviews
"A Wonderful Evening" - Theatre Dinner
Cockfosters Bowling Club
Guest Review
‘Whispers’ - Palmair In-Flight Magazine
Thank you for your comments
From our Golf Desk
Theatre Dinner Review - Contributed
Thank you for your comments
Thank you for your comments

Places to Visit
Days Out - Lagos Zoo
Krazyworld
Algarve Shopping
Zoomarine

Armacao de Pera
Fisherman's Beach - Armacao de Pera
Armacao de Pera Market
Nativity Scene - Armacao de Pera

The beach
30th June - 9.00am
Nine O'Clock this morning
The Beach Today14th July - 9.15am
Sunday, 13th August, 2006
The views this morning at 11.00am
Beach at Lunchtime today
The beach today - 1.30pm
The beach this afternoon - 4.00pm

Famous People
A Place in the Sun
Santos e Pecadores

Hotel Garbe at Sand Sculpture Event, FIESA 2006

Spotlights
Spotlight on our Reception Manager
Spotlight on our Head Chef
Spotlight on our Guests

THE WAY IT WAS
THE WAY IT WAS - 1962
Nearly Forty years on

You can also search the Blog by using the search facility at the top of the page.

Comments and Suggestions please
In order to improve this blog - we would be very pleased to hear from you if there is any information you feel we should add to the blog.We also accept "contributions" - eg. something you specifically enjoy about our Hotel, a "don't miss" activity, or just general information about Portugal - all of which will be very useful to our future guests. These will be marked as a "contribution" and carry your name.Please send comments, suggestions and "contributions" to info@hotelgarbe.com


Monday, 10 July 2006

Collection of Pens


Carlos Simao, our General Manager has been collecting pens for a number of years. He has recently put them on display in his office - we though you might like to see them.

We checked the Internet - the largest collection of pens in the world is 220,000 - it will be a little while before Carlos is able to reach or beat this!!!!

Friday, 7 July 2006

Algarve Classic Cars, 2006

Next weekend 14th – 16th July, the biggest annual concentration of Classic Cars in the Iberian Peninsula will take place in the Algarve with 160 automobiles taking part, in a programme that will cover about two hundreds kilometres.

They will circuit Armacao de Pera on Saturday, 15th July at about 15.30pm.
photo: www.armacaodepera.com

Thursday, 6 July 2006

Wedding Receptions

These photos are just before the start of the Wedding Reception which took place here last yesterday - The outside terrace is the perfect location for Cocktails.

If you would like more information about Wedding Receptions please send an email to receptions@hotelgarbe.com


Wednesday, 5 July 2006

Received by e-mail

Sent: Mon 03/07/2006 19:06
To: hotelgarbe@mail.telepac.pt
Subject Our Stay

Hi Vicki

I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you.... we really enjoyed our stay at The Hotel Garbe.... it was an amazing experience.... thank you...

It was the first and definitely not the last - see you soon

Many Thanks

Gareth