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

Camp Wekeela – Year 2

Last year the boys went to summer camp.  For 3 weeks.  Yes, at ages 7 and 10 they were at overnight camp for 3 weeks.  And they did amazing.  They became more independent.  They made friends.  They spent time out in nature after 5 years of city living. They got to do things without their mom yelling “Don’t do that! Don’t touch that! Don’t climb on there!”, amongst many other mom type sayings 😉 Continue reading

A Visit to Oostvaardersplassen

Don’t ask me how to pronounce the location – I can’t.  At least not yet.  But in our little guide on Almere (where we originally were thinking of living and where the kids go to school), there was information about this area known as Oosvaardersplassen.  Co-workers of Josh’s had also mentioned it. It is a bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve.  In case you are interested, here is their website: http://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/English.aspx.

Anyways, we’ve been really lucky that after our first 2 weeks here where we had rain every single day, the last 5 or so had been really nice weather.  We have to get accustomed to seasons again and that Continue reading

Stepping Back in Time – The Cotswolds

Slightly northwest of London lays an area called the Cotswolds.  Before the last year, I had never heard of it but the more people I have talked to, the more have said what a gorgeous area this is and an absolute must visit when in England.  The Cotswolds are relatively untouched – with homes dating back hundreds of years made from a golden limestone.  The homes, many of which still have thatch roofs, glisten in the sun with their stone facades.  It’s absolutely beautiful and the more I heard of it, the more I realized, I must go!