Leaving Portugal for England

We left Foz do Arelho today and drove down to Peniche, a small outcrop of rock on the way to Lisbon. It was quite beautiful staring out at the Atlantic, but also it gave me horrendous vertigo to be on some rocks high above the crashing waves, so after we had enough pictures of the girls being cute, we drove back to the airport to drop the car off. Continue reading “Leaving Portugal for England”

Rain and Caldas da Rainha

It rained this morning but this didn’t dissuade the girls from going outside and playing in the sand. Eventually when we’d all got it together we drove down to Sao Martino, a small seaside town about 20 minutes away. There’s not much there; a few restaurants, a sandy beach, ice cream. It felt like a seaside resort in the UK in the 1980s, except it was sunny. In between bursts of rain, that is. Continue reading “Rain and Caldas da Rainha”


This morning we put the kids in the car and drove to Lisbon, heading to the aquarium. When visiting aquariums, you usually want to arrive as early as possible, before a crowd of people collects in front of every window. So we were scheduled to arrive at 9:55, 5 minutes before it opened.

We arrived at 9:55. 18 km away from where we should have been, near a shopping centre that at one point contained an aquarium of some sort.
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Everything Has Meat In It

This evening we went out to Maria do Logao, a family run restaurant in Nadadouros, five minutes drive from our villa. Unfortunately, it’s been overhauled in the 3 years since its last TripAdvisor review as Eels Beef & More, and that’s what it serves, the more being more meat. Continue reading “Everything Has Meat In It”