Surprising Sintra

We weren’t planning to go to Sintra.  Actually we were planning to go and then we decided against it.  With 4 days to do something after the Algarve and already having been to Lisbon before, we had thought about Sintra.  But we heard there wasn’t much to do here that would take more than a day trip.  So we opted for Aveiro instead. We were wrong on both points. Continue reading

Heading North to Aveiro

Because of the way that our flights worked out and our villa rental being only for a week, we ended up with extra days in Portugal for us to do something beyond the Algarve.  We went back and forth.  First we had talked about Sintra but heard there wasn’t more than a day trip there, then we talked about driving to Spain but where we wanted to go (Sevilla or Cadiz) put us too far from the Lisbon airport and we didn’t want to have to drive for hours the day of our flight.  And so after a bit of research, we settled on Aveiro.  It’s a coastal canal town located about 2 1/2 hours north of Lisbon. Continue reading

The Beautiful Boardwalk of Alvor

In looking for fun, scenic things to do in the Algarve, we came across the Alvor Boardwalk. We miss walking.  A lot.  We spend a lot of time in our car in the Netherlands and really miss walking like we did in Barcelona.  So the word “boardwalk” piqued our interest, figuring it would be along the water with some cute shops and restaurants along the way. Continue reading

Boating Through the Caves of the Algarve

While we’d already done a boat trip to see some of the cliffs of the Algarve, what I didn’t realize is that this area is also known for it’s caves, most specifically in the area of Benagil. But like the cliffs, these can really only be seen via boat.  So we hopped on another one to check out the caves … and we were not disappointed!  Many of these caves were large enough to get our boat of about 16 people into comfortably.  I think in this post, I’ll let the pictures do the talking… Continue reading

Magestic Beaches and Cliffs of the Algarve

When planning our May holidays, we went back and forth on where to go.  We knew we wanted to go somewhere warm and ideally to a country that we hadn’t been to before. Portugal was iffy because we’d already been to Lisbon, even though there is so much more to see beyond that, so convincing Josh that we should go south to the Algarve was initially challenging but once he saw pictures and we looked more into it, he was sold.  Continue reading

Serenity in Praia da Luz

We chose to stay in the area of Praia da Luz during our Algarve holiday because of many of the towns and villages in the area, Praia da Luz was on the smaller side and felt slightly less touristy than many of the other areas we’d looked at.  It’s on the western side of the Algarve so a good distance from Faro Airport and we figured many who are here on holiday may not want to drive the extra distance to get here. Continue reading

“This” Kid Is 9!!

While I still have a lot of posts from our trip to Portugal, this one has to take priority.  I’m always astonished at how fast my kids are growing.  But the reality often hits me when they have birthdays.  However, not for the reason you think.  Sure they are another year older, but it’s also representative of another year that they’ve been away from the US. And I’m blown away by the fact that Liam was just over 2 1/2 when we left the US for Barcelona almost 6 1/2 years ago and now, here he is, living in yet another country and is now 9!!   Continue reading

Where Does Your Food Come From?

These days, many of us don’t cook much.  Convenience is key.  In homes with two working parents, kids in various activities, etc etc, there just isn’t the time and stores and restaurants make things so incredibly easy to avoid “cooking” in the true sense of the word.  But does that mean we’ve forgotten where our food comes from? Continue reading