This is my last post on the Luz 2015 triathlon.
The location is the entrance to Avenida dos Pescadores, the promenade by the sea front in Luz. When our plucky triathlete in orange turns the corner, he’s got maybe 300m on the flat to hit the final line.
You can tell from this photo that I was not at the finish line when the first runners came home. Please Google Algarve triathlon if you want the result.
This photo happens to be relevant to Madeleine McCann and the Smithman sighting. It is a part of Luz that you don’t get on Google streetview, so let me describe it for you.
From the triathlete in the orange vest I would guestimate it is about 120m to where the Smith sighting took place. That’s up the hill and turn left to get to Rua 25 de Abril. In simple words, it is very close.
Now can you see the shiny blue blob at the top of the Avenida dos Pescadores, opposite the church? That is a chemist, pharmacy or farmácia. It may be relevant as when Scotland Yard did the dig last year the media was suggesting there was a shop near to the Smithman sighting that was of interest. This was along the lines of man with child in arms seen entering shop.
That shop was not a chemist in May 2007. That was the site of the Ali Super convenience store. It appeared on at least one video when the McCanns went to night-time mass at the church. Since then, Ali Super went bust, the site was derelict for a couple of years, then it was renovated, and now it is a chemist.
What else do we have? The Fortaleza restaurant is the building on the left of the photo, looking like the scruffy perimeter wall is in need of a whitewash.
To the right of the photo and it looks boring – cars in a car park.
A little to the right of the car park happened to be 4 restaurants south of the church – Chaplins, Marujo etc. The only car access into and out of those 4 restaurants, and the Fortaleza, and the Ali Super, was down the road that our orange superhero is illuminating.
The car park has changed since 2007, but the details do not matter. The important bits are the same. 5 restaurants used Avenida dos Pescadores as their car entrance/exit and car park, as did the convenience store.
Do you think Smithman trotted past this lot with a girl in his arms on the way to the beach? Over to you!