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”
One junction down from Foz do Arelho on the A8 is Obidos, a medieval walled town and castle, and, in the summer, the venue for a medieval fair. Lured by the promise of traditional food, fancy dress and a tournament, we took the kids there this afternoon. Continue reading “Odd Obidos”
This evening we left the kids behind with their grandparents and went to a wedding out in the middle of nowhere, a 45 minute drive from our villa down the autoroute and then off into a maze of singletrack roads that spat us out at a renovated farmhouse.
Continue reading “First Wedding Of The Year”
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.
Continue reading “Lisbon”
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”
We arrived in Lisbon at about 2:30, and got away at about 6. In between, we waited in a queue for our car rental, along with half the rest of the world.
Continue reading “Car rental at Lisbon Airport”