A night in Lisbon

Last weekend we spent a night in Lisbon. We’d been invited to a friend’s place for a birthday party which was great fun. It was also the perfect opportunity to practise my Portuguese, considering most party-goers weren’t English speaking. I know, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve lived here 31 years, why does she need to practise her Portuguese? The thing is, I rarely get to speak the language. Sounds completely insane, right? Most of our close friends are foreigners… Read more »

Buying a car in Portugal

Buying a car in Portugal can be a little tedious. It’s not the buying process that’s a problem, it’s finding the right car at the right price that’s so tedious. You see, second hand cars (and new ones, actually) are notoriously expensive here. You certainly have to be prepared to travel to get the right vehicle. Buying a car in Portugal Last week we took a day trip to Oporto to have a look at a second hand car. Oporto… Read more »

After six weeks away on holiday, I’m finally home. I’ve had the most wonderful time in Scotland and England and think I actually left a little bit of my heart in that part of the world (Scotland). It was the first time I’d ever visited and I was absolutely blown away by the place. It’s mind-blowingly beautiful – a bit like a smaller version of Canada (our other favourite place). During the first week, we started at Inverness and then took in… Read more »

I’m very late in doing this (it’s 11.30pm on Christmas Eve!), but I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I’m having a blast visiting friends and family in England at the moment, before we head north in a few days. I’m super excited about our trip but I’m sure I’ll blog along the way and share some of the wonderful sights! But for now, enjoy this fabulous festive season – eat, drink and be merry. Oh and… Read more »

Living in the Algarve, I must admit to struggling with dressing for the intense summer heat. On days in July and August, the summer heat can reach (and occasionally exceeds) 40ºC. And that’s seriously hot! Although I’ve lived here 30 years (exactly 30 years last month in fact), I’ve never quite come to terms with the Algarve summer heat. My body seems to heat up and stays hot like hell all the time. Basically I’m a wreck unless a) I’m indoors… Read more »

Cafe Espresso

Recently, whilst visiting Sagres, we found a real gem: Café Espresso. Located within the Mareta Beach Hotel, it reminds me of the likes of Starbucks (which, sadly, we don’t have in the region – we have to travel to Lisbon for a Starbucks treat!). One of the things I love about living in Portugal is the cafe culture. Unlike Britain, where people tend to meet for a beer, here we generally meet up in one of the thousands of cafes and… Read more »

Last week we took a drive down to the most south western town of the Algarve. Sagres is probably the most chilled out place I know. With a spectacular beach and some lovely little eateries, it’s somewhere every visitor should check out. Located far west of Lagos, Sagres is full of surfers and beach-goers looking for the ultimate wave or just a beautiful patch of sand on which to chill out. We stopped for a morning drink in a lovely little… Read more »

Pastéis de Belém are famous throughout the globe, known for being possibly the tastiest custard tarts in the world. I know. I had the pleasure of sitting down in the well known eatery and sampling them recently. And yes, I did only have one… honest 😉 Michael and Doug, however, had a couple each 😀 Doug certainly enjoyed his… There’s not an awful lot to write about these little cups of deliciousness so I’ll let the pictures do the talking… The bakery,… Read more »

Last week we were fortunate to have dinner at Restaurant Ramiro – where we tasted the best seafood in Lisbon! I’m telling you, this food was meant for the Gods, it was absolutely heavenly 😉 The night before, we dined at another of Lisbon’s best restaurants (O Carvoaria, which is known for its deliciously-cooked red meat) and the waiter was kind enough to recommend Ramiro. So, the Wednesday night, we walked down the road from our hotel (we were lucky… Read more »

Last week I had the pleasure of devouring  tasting some of the world’s tastiest ice cream. Amorino, a franchise with ice cream ’boutiques’ all over the world also has a couple in Lisbon, where we spent a few days with close friends (Lisbon, not Amorino! Although that would have been nice). We’d visited Amorino a couple of years ago and were overjoyed to find a lactose-free alternative that tasted absolutely divine. And no, I’m not exaggerating. Their sorbets are out… Read more »