July 30, 2017

Penha Garcia is a Portugese hillside village in the Castelo Branco area of Central Portugal, only a few miles away from the border with Spain.  The views from the village of the surrounding area are simply stunning.  The village has been populated for a very long time.  Neolithic remains have…

July 23, 2017

Yum! Sweet, fruity, soft, jammy Spanish figs are ready, packed with fibre, minerals and vitamins and amazingly delicious to eat.  It was great to get Chaos and Mayhem involved to pick plenty of purple and green figs to eat fresh and make into a rich fig chutney.  The two fig…

July 16, 2017

It is always so delightful to be out and about with the family and encounter amazing creatures.  An opportunity for Chaos and Mayhem to marvel at the wonder of nature close up; a great way to appreciate the incredible variety of animals, observe animal behaviour and learn not to be…

July 9, 2017

Scorchio!!!  The Iberian Peninsula has been experiencing rather a large rise in the mercury levels recently.   August is usually the month for 40º plus weather, but the end of June and beginning of July has been seriously hot.  When it’s boiling hot and dry we try everything we can…

July 6, 2017

The Alhambra, a palace, a fortress, an architectural masterpiece.  The Alhambra, in Granada, Andalucia, Spain, is truly a sight to behold, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a wonder of the world.  What makes the Alhambra so special…?  Everything.  Every single glorious detail of the Moorish palace and the gardens are…

July 2, 2017

Monsanto is located in the Beira Baixa Province of Portugal and the officially titled Historic Village was once fortified by the Knights Templar. Monsanto has claimed to be the most ancient settlement in Portugal, as there are traces of early stone age man from the ice age. Nowadays Monsanto revels…

June 25, 2017

Granada in Spain has numerous museums, the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) is centrally located and a perfect place to spark the imagination, for both adults and children alike. There are a variety of buildings and sections to the museum, including an aquarium in the Bio Dome, an Astronomical…

June 18, 2017

During the summer months in Spain and Portugal the heat intensifies during the day, averaging 40º, the days pass by in a blur of sticky sweat and heat induced siestas.  When the sun goes down and the heat abates (a little), it’s time to come back to life and party!…

June 11, 2017

Dramatic and moody Andalucian skies are providing a spectacular show for us each evening.  So beautiful, peaceful and relaxing, you cannot help but marvel at mother nature’s creative palette.  Although no two sunsets are the same, we seem to be guaranteed a rainbow of wonderful colours and the atmospheric low…

June 4, 2017

Marbella is well known as an expensive resort on the Costa del Sol, cool bars, clubs, shops, boutiques, palatial homes, supercars and fine dining restaurants together with beautiful beaches and year round sunshine.  A town where you can party hard and blow your holiday money having a great time.  However,…