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Charlie Tango

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  1. The story behind Palácio da Fonte da Pipa begins in 1875, when Marçal Paheco (deputy mayor of Loulé) decided to purchase a plot of land just outside the village with the intention of building a house for himself, similar to the ones he had seen on his travels throughout Europe. Unfortunately he died in 1896 before it was completed. In 1920 the property was sold to Manuel Dias Sancho, a wealthy bank owner who completed the construction work with some adjustments to the original plan, such as the addition of electricity. Then with the financial crisis of 1929 and the ongoing political turmoil of the time, the owner was left penniless and his home was reposessed by the Banco Du Algarve (Algarve Bank). 1935 came along and the latest wealthy owner was a gentleman named Francisco Guerreiro Pereira. An action from him that lasts to this day was the addition of the exotic plants in the grounds. In 1948 he died and it was passed on to his eldest son, who then sold the property in 1981 to “Quinta da Fonte da Pipa, Urbanizações, Lda”. It is not clear what this company used the property for, or if they simply wanted to demolish the building and develop the land, but from artefacts left in the building it seems it was used as either an office or for paperwork storage for tour companies and resort owners for a few years before being abandoned.
  2. £85 is a joke mate, but they still managed to sell all the tickets! I totally agree with you though, wouldn't catch me paying that either- especially since the LTM tours didn't even show you the whole station, they totally miss the platforms at the end where the train shots were taken, and have a ban on tripods and "professional looking" equipment.
  3. Hi all, First post on here so I do apologise if I have missed anything that I should have included in this post! Down Street is a disused station on the London Underground, located in Mayfair, central London. It was opened in 1907 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway. It was served by the Piccadilly line and was situated between Dover Street (now Green Park) and Hyde Park Corner stations. The station was little used and trains often passed through it without stopping. Its lack of usage coupled with its proximity to other stations resulted in its closure in 1932. During the Second World War it was used as a bunker by prime minister Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet. The station building survives today and is close to Down Street’s junction with Piccadilly. Part of it is now converted to a retail outlet, with the upper floors being leased as office space. This was an above-board, authorised visit. I really must advise that security has been beefed up considerably since a few years ago and anyone entering without permission or following correct protocol is likely to have their houses turned over by the police, no jokes.