#tbt – My friend Anne came to visit us in Portugal!

One of the loveliest benefits of spending time in Portugal was the proximity to some of my fellow Canadian friends. One such friend, Anne, was working in London for the first half of 2015. Before she headed back to Canada, she took a quick jaunt to Alte, where we spent a few days enjoying the…

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Visiting Sagres

Throughout the duration of Tyler's trip to Portugal, I was incredibly ill. I slept most of the time and felt terribly shivery and gross for most of the time that I wasn't sleeping. As a result, I didn't get out for too many excursions, and Tyler's blog posts have covered the majority of his second…

A Trip to the Algarve – Kevin’s backyard

The moment I told Kevin I'd booked my flight, he went into trip planning mode. Two weeks was a lot of time to fill, but it got booked up fairly quickly. We considered and rejected visiting the North & Porto (too far), some additional castles (I rolled my ankle), another historical town (Heather got sick), and a…

A Trip to the Algarve – A Culinary Experience

So...hey there. I'm Tyler, one of Heather's (decidedly larger) little brothers. Last year when Heather was on her Asian tour I stopped by for a visit in Cambodia. And here's the thing, if you ever get the chance to vacation with Heather and Kevin, take it! A trip with these two is truly a vacation experience. They find all…

Celebrating Carnival in the Algarve

Carnival is a fairly historied Catholic tradition (and probably goes back even further than that, really). I'm assuming most of y'all aren't up to date on Catholic traditions, so here's a quick refresher course, courtesy of our friends at Wikipedia: Carnival (see other spellings and names) is a festive season that occurs immediately before the…

The market in Loule and the Festa Chocolat!

Both of Kevin's grandmothers live in the Algarve, and that means double the fun for us. And the Portuguese are a people who love festivals, which means even more fun for all of us. Avo Maria lives in a mid-sized city called Loule. It's hundreds of years old, and it has a strong Moorish history.…

Life with a garden in Alte

The garden at Avo Olimpia's house in Alte is not just for lemon trees and orange trees. It's also a place for herbs and flowers. Many, many flowers. In particular, roses. When I was growing up, my grandparents had a truly incredible rose garden. I frequently remember walking through the garden with my grandparents, examining…