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Heading for the Hills

(The blackened trees surrounding Alferce) While at the beach Denis read about a village that had a swimming pool, showers and toilets just north of the Algarve. And it was all for free. So next morning we travelled past amazing … Continue reading

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Off to the Beach

(Nice flowers in the dunes) One of the great things about Portugal is that no matter how hot it gets there’s always (almost always) a breeze near the coast. So when it got really hot by the river we moved … Continue reading

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How to sit in nature…

(I loved this place) After Lisbon we went to Setúbal, the place the train would have brought us to if we’d stayed on board. We arrived on a decent sized road and as often happens our sat-nav system decided we … Continue reading

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The heartbroken Princess

(Setting sun) Once upon a time there was as a little princess who was magic. She was able to get anything she wanted with her magic. (Cozy quilt by the sea) You might think a princess like this was happy … Continue reading

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Lisbon… Part 4

(Waiting for the bus) We were pretty much finished in Lisbon after our scooter trip but before we left we had a Nata in Belém. No, not at the place with the queue. Then we waited for the bus. (25th … Continue reading

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Lisbon by Train, Boat, Tram and Scooter – Part 2

(Long queues to get on Ascenoir da Glória) You might be already aware of a transport theme on our tour and as soon as we had descended the Ascenoir da Gloria we went in search of our next vehicle. I … Continue reading

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What’s an inverter?

(All the buildings in Sintra were ornate) Our inverter broke last Thursday. It’s the thing that converts the solar energy into electricity to charge the computers. Usually it has a low pitch hum and drones on in the corner doing … Continue reading

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Moving Day

(This way to the deserted village…) We’re moving on today to Porto or Oporto as the locals call it. First we went for a walk in Vila Nova de Cerveira. I had noticed big green doors leading into a courtyard … Continue reading

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How to find the supermarket

(For when you want some alone time…) We’ve been in this town before. I don’t remember much about it but when I needed to get some groceries I remembered enough. (Or there’s a table and chair for writing with a … Continue reading

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Did you watch the Late, Late?

(The Camino Natural de la Ruta del Cantabrico) First of all, sorry if you did watch, no, my sister wasn’t on the Late Late Show (longest broadcasting show in Ireland, imagine.) No, you didn’t miss her singing – they cut … Continue reading

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Foz by the Sea

(See the house out on the edge of the cliff?) We’re still in the place near the sea with the funny name – Foz. We’ve had our walk, I’m considering starting the couch to 5km running program again but I … Continue reading

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Nice cow

We are continuing our journey along northern Spain… slowly. We’ve reduced the driving time to an hour so Denis can work as normal. And we are zig zagging across the motorway (not as dangerous as it sounds) to spend a night near the sea followed by a night in the hills. Continue reading

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Crafting Sunday

(Surely no one would attempt to drive up this lane?) Today is an indoor day. The rain came back so it’s become Crafting Sunday. I brought a cupboard full of craft materials from Ireland. Not a big cupboard by house … Continue reading

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For the Love of Portugal

(The cows have big horns here!) Two years ago when we first came to Portugal we stayed in campsites whenever we could. This year we only stay when we really need electricity or a shower. Today we have arrived at … Continue reading

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Road Trip

(There was an amazing sky last night) We went driving around the countryside today. That wasn’t the plan but that’s what happened. We woke early and my plan was to go take pictures at the beach 2km down the road. … Continue reading

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Free things… Free things…

(Good girl, waiting for the lights to change. Safety… free✔) Besides the idea that is gestating slowly in my belly (!) I had a previous great idea (no, Grahame, not the photographing people one, another one). It came to me … Continue reading

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Expectations and Surprises

(You might see some smoke coming from the street half way down and off to the right… there’s a woman barbecuing fish outside her house) I’ve been on walkabout in our new town today, inspired by another exercise from the … Continue reading

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Thanks Mam, for Picking my Dad

(Our bridge at Alcacer do Sal in the afternoon…) It’s my Dad’s birthday today. He died on this day 16 yeas ago, but he’s alive in everything I do. For instance this week he was at the Creativity Workshop with … Continue reading

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Beware of: Beware of Pickpockets!

(Black and white and red and green Lisbon…) It’s 4am. I’m awake. I think. This week has been like a dream, maybe I’m not awake… Here’s what happened at the workshop (and here’s a link to the website: thecreativityworkshop.com) Shelley … Continue reading

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The inevitable happened…

(I’ve run out of photos in Lisboa, so here’s even more narrow roads from Ericeira) Still having a great time at the workshop. Here’s more news about my travel experiences. I took the bus-metro combination again today so I was … Continue reading

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Is this morning sickness?

(I like this house in the middle of the city. It’s behind a big gate, I peeped in…) I think I might be pregnant or I’m a gardener… it’s one or the other, I’m not sure. (Who lives at 55?) … Continue reading

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The Portuguese Cafe God

(Yesterday morning I had to cross this scary bridge, it goes over two dual carriageways! I sang Christmas songs to myself to stop me closing my eyes and lying down. I went back today to take pictures for you.. you’re … Continue reading

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Opportunity

(Welcome to Portugal) So it’s the week before my workshop in Lisboa and I thought it might be sensible to create some blog posts so I am doing some overtime to cover myself for the duration of the workshop. I … Continue reading

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The view is blue…

(The view from the bedroom, blue sea, blue sky, blue bunting) Every stitch of clothing had been washed and the sun came out so we went for a walk down town. When we arrived yesterday it was too wet to … Continue reading

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

(Here’s the King’s balcony from the outside) We finally left Mafra and set off for Sintra and although we did arrive just outside Sintra we didn’t arrive in Sintra. It was very busy and very narrow and it wasn’t clear … Continue reading

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We’re in Clover

(The neighbours) We stayed in Mafra again last night but this time at the aire beside the Palace. We didn’t notice it on the way in but here it is and here we are. As we hadn’t had electricity for … Continue reading

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I like an apple…

(The National Palace of Mafra. That’s the Basilica in the middle with the bell towers) Contrary to expectations, there was sun this morning so there are lots of photos. We are in Mafra about 30km north of Lisbon. It’s situated … Continue reading

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Beware – food pictures!

(Denis can hardly wait to get inside the door of TimeOut Market, Mercado de Ribeira) Forgot to tell you – yesterday was a beautiful day! A little bit of sunshine and no rain! We woke this morning, surprisingly surprised to … Continue reading

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Singing in the Metro

(Can we eat now?) Denis is very good when it comes to understanding metro maps and finding his way around so I usually leave him to it but as I would be on my own next week navigating Lisbon I … Continue reading

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Return to Vila Franca de Xira

(Ponte Marechal Carmona bridge over the Rio Tejo at Vila Franca de Xira) Next week I will be attending the creativity workshop I mentioned in a previous post so we need to find a place to park Denis and Ruby … Continue reading

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