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

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

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

Rab Island, Croatia – Island Paradise

It was strange arriving on Rab on Saturday.  We took an auto ferry from Stinica.  Pretty much the only thing that is in Stinica is the ferry so it was easy to find.  We drove off the ferry and the instructions from the realtor said, go straight on the road.  I didn’t have to worry about being confused as to which road because there was only one road leading off the ferry and onto the island.

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Jake and the Beach

When we came to Barcelona almost 3 years ago we brought along our furry children as well.  After all, they were our first children and why shouldn’t they enjoy this experience too?  Sadly, Sailor, who was not so healthy to begin with, only made it through the first summer before we had to put her down.  So for the last 2 1/2 years it’s been the 4 of us and Jake. Continue reading

One Last Beach Day – Cap d’ Antibes, France

In an effort to keep cranky children at bay during sight seeing we’ve been using the beach as a lure to behave.  It’s worked overall and yesterday was no exception.  Regardless of the fact that Kelly, Michelle and I really wanted to see Antibes, the kids really wanted to hit the beach one last time before heading further inland to Arles in Provence.  Continue reading