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

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

Don’t Confuse Travel with Vacation

We travel…a lot. In the last 6 weeks, we’ve now had 4 trips. Even for us, that’s more than normal.  It’s been rather exhausting.  First world problems, I know.  But don’t confuse travel to new (or old) destinations as a vacation. To me, vacation is about relaxing, having no time table and just decompressing.  Travel is about going places, for us, often a quick in and out visit,which is anything but relaxing.  It’s about exploring and often times we don’t have enough time to do that at a leisurely pace. Continue reading