September 24, 2017

The cork oak tree is a beautiful statuesque tree that is Portugal’s national tree.  Before living in Portugal we had no idea how cork was produced, or that it was Portugal’s main industry.  Fossilised remains of these ancient trees have been found dating back over ten million years!  The oldest cork oak in the world, […]

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September 16, 2017

Set inside a gorge full of fossils, a short walk from a preserved traditional millers house with a working watermill stone and overlooked by Penha Garcia castle you will find the most spectacular natural swimming pool.  Fonte do Pego has to be the best way to cool down ever.  A beautifully crafted swimming hole utilising the […]

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September 10, 2017

In the very centre of Andalucia you will find the rural town of Archidona.  Set  amongst olive groves of the Sierra de Gracia, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.  Archidona once had an impenetrable Moorish Castle and was designated a historico-artistic site in 1980 for baroque, urban and architectural heritage.  At the centre of […]

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September 3, 2017

The picturesque historic village of Castelo Novo (New Castle) is in the heart of Central Portugal, set within a natural amphitheatre enclosed by the Gardunha mountain range (Serra da Gardunha).  This incredible looking village has Baroque, Roman and Medeival influences.   The drive towards the historic village of Castelo Novo gave us a shocking taste of what was […]

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August 28, 2017

It is only now, with the wonderful gift of hindsight that I realise that we spent a good portion of the last two years in a kind of shock and disbelief at what happened to you.  I never thought it was possible.  I never dreamed or dared to imagine that our child, our baby, could […]

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August 27, 2017

The site  of first Visigothic cathedral built on the Iberian peninsula, Idanha-a-Velha is now a small village in Central Portugal, with less than 100 inhabitants.  This humble village sits on top of what was once the city of Egitania, previously home to thousands.  The Romans settled here from as early as 16 AD.  King Wamba […]

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August 26, 2017

Home has been somewhat redefined for our family over the last couple of years.  Paul is from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire then Cornwall, I am from Lancashire.  We met in London then after a few years moved to Kent where Chaos and Mayhem were both born.  When Mayhem became seriously ill we were lucky enough to be […]

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August 20, 2017

After a flying visit to the UK to sort out some things left in storage we  headed back to the Iberian Peninsula the long way.  We hitched up our fully loaded caravan and packed car and left Lancashire bright and early to arrive in sunny Newhaven for an afternoon ferry to Dieppe.  The French part […]

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August 13, 2017

Blackpool, the mega of the North West, the quintessential Lancastrian seaside town.  The Golden mile, the Winter Gardens and of course, Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach.  Blackpool benefited from a railway in the 1840’s and visitor numbers soon swelled.  By the 1880’s the resort had piers, chips shops, a promenade, donkey rides, trams and […]

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August 7, 2017

Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity.  Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these […]

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