Tag Archives: Portugal

The Statistics

Thought it might be interesting to gather some data about the journey. As I write we are waiting in Cherbourg to board the ferry home. It’s all over! How many miles? 3648 (5870km) How many countries? 5 Ireland, France, Spain, … Continue reading

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West or East?

It’s 6.45pm and I’m staring out the window a the flags in the breeze. It’s funny how the heat changes your day. Normally I am starving for my dinner by this time but here I can’t think of eating or … Continue reading

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You’re beautiful…

We had our day trip to Lagos and stayed in a very, very old campsite. It’s age means it’s located close to the town and the sea. Plus, it has old, old trees, with loads of branches and leaves and … Continue reading

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Under the Fig Tree

We left the beach after three days and are staying in the town of Silves. Still in the Algarve but inland from the beach. The herd of goats live next door to the motorhome park here and there are stork … Continue reading

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The Goat Listener

I’ve been having a chat with myself again… Remember that thought which sometimes turns into a feeling? The I’m not doing enough thought? Or I’m not being a good enough person thought? Or I’m not looking good enough? Sometimes that … Continue reading

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Off to the Beach

And then we went off to the beach called Paria de Falésia. Dangerous hight orange red cliffs, sand and sea. The hotels around here are expensive but the motorhome park isn’t. The Portuguese owner tells me the longer we stay … Continue reading

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Cracking the “Getting into Faro on a Bus” Code

It’s Saturday. We’re parked up on the edge of the city of Faro. We are waiting at a bus stop about to do another thing we haven’t done for two years – get on a bus. In fact I can’t … Continue reading

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Remember Now

This is the first time we’ve ever entered Portugal via the Algarve, the most popular sun holiday area in the country. It’s busy and it’s full of billboards promoting holiday experiences. There are huge shopping centres and factory outlets and … Continue reading

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The First Nata

We crossed the border! We are in Castro Marim, Portugal. We were here in 2019, in fact it was the place where we started hearing an ominous knocking sound from Ruby (our motorhome) that led to a big bill in … Continue reading

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Everyday Fearless

(The Book!) I did it! I finished writing my book about our journey earlier this year to Portugal and I’m really excited. (I’m sick with anxiety too but as that feels very like excitement I’m grand.) Do you remember I … Continue reading

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She Rises

(That’s a stork up there) Yesterday morning we left Portugal. As I write we are in a town in Spain called Palencia. Leaving was a strange experience. First, the road was narrow and it twisted this way and that as … Continue reading

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Another Day in Bragança!

(From the walls of the castle in the old town) Yesterday was hot in Bragança but as it’s Portugal (thank you, Portugal!) there are numerous picnic tables placed near the camping car parking. As they are all placed strategically under … Continue reading

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The Old Town of Bragança

(The castle inside the walls of the old town) We have arrived at the town of Bragança. We are tired. We have been pushing on to make time for later. We loved this town last year and we promised ourselves … Continue reading

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Optimistic Outlook

(Bad…? Not too bad…?) The following morning we left early but not before Denis spilled his coffee. Every morning Denis makes a travel mug of coffee and sips it throughout the day. (Sunset in Torre de Moncorvo from our parking … Continue reading

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Olive Oil and Wine Tasting

(The road north) We have travelled a long way since Castro Marim and the Algarve and we’ve seen huge changes in the countryside. This eastern area of Portugal is not as well know as the west or the south but … Continue reading

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Bird Song and Frog Croaks

(Park here… this one’s in Spanish but the picture is always the same) Sunday is the day we travel the longest so from Évora we travelled three hours to a camper van parking spot called Penamacor in Benquerença which is … Continue reading

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Weird chapel in Évora

(The Chapel of Bones) Next morning we drove up the road to Évora. It was a hot dry Sunday and we were on a mission. Two missions really. Denis had heard about the Chapel of Bones and wanted to see … Continue reading

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Balancing in Beja

(From inside Ruby inside the garage) We got to the garage in Beja and Denis talked to the very nice man on the desk. Big and all as the garage was they couldn’t fit us in (maybe to their diary) … Continue reading

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Leaving Paradise…

(The fort from the castle walls at Castro Marim) And then we had to leave… leave the beach, the 6am walks, the sea glass, the heat – no we didn’t have to leave the heat, it is hot everywhere at … Continue reading

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Looking for the Sea Glass

(Early morning pilgrim on Praia da Falésia) When I wasn’t watching the waves down at the beach I was watching where I walked for interesting treasure. The sea provides plenty of gifts if you keep your eyes open for them. … Continue reading

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Praia da Falésia

(The sandy path to the beach…) I thought when we were in that sea view spot at the Municipal campsite of Setúbal that there was only one paradise in Portugal. We found another one. In the Algarve and it’s called … Continue reading

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The Ceramists of Silves

(The studio) As I was walking up to the castle in Silves I passed a door with a sign saying… Cerimeca. Ceramics! Of course I had to go in. (Aren’t they gorgeous?) Inside the dark interior there was a lady … Continue reading

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Silves’ elusive things

(A glimpse of the wall) There are two things you see a lot of in Silves – the old moorish walls and the storks. Funny enough both are hard to photograph as you walk around. The storks are always too … Continue reading

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Silves and Mercy

(Old door on the church needs very big key) Silves is a lovely town with plenty of cafes and restaurants and two motorhome parks, €6 per night if you spend more than one night here. You might remember we were … Continue reading

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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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Son of Alcacér do Sal

(Statue of Pedro Nunes in Alcacér do Sal) After Setúbal we moved to the town of Alcacér do Sal. We were here last year. You might remember it was the place I built up the courage to ask someone to … 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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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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