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Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas Portugal

Smoked Sausages on Sticks, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro or Festival of the Smoking Rods is held annually in the small village of Aranhas, or Village of the Spiders, in Central Portugal.  The festa is a celebration of all things smoked. Cheese and meat Read more…


Choosing the Perfect Road Trip Vehicle

 sponsored post We love to travel and have been on some epic road trips in our time, so we thought that we’d share our tips for choosing the perfect road trip vehicle. Before the boys came along we toured around Read more…


Sorthela Castle and Historic Village, Central Portugal

Sorthela Castle and Village, Sortelha, Central Portuga

Sorthela Castle and historic village is one of Central Portugal’s 12 historical villages or Aldeias historical de Portugal. Sorthela is one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful villages. The walled village is guarded by the towering 13th Century castle, built Read more…


Monsanto Castle

Monsanto Castle, Monsanto, Central Portugal

Monsanto Castle (Monsanto Castelo), is an impressive fortress strategically located on the top of the mountain overlooking the hillside village of Monsanto. We have visited Monsanto before, it is renowned for being one of the most Portuguese villages in Portugal Read more…


Fruit picking in Southern Spain

Abundant Avocados

After the festivities of Christmas and the New year’s celebrations it was time head back to Portugal. Before we left we made time to gather some fantastic fruit. Southern Spain offers the best climate in Europe and the sunshine helps Read more…


Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos – Three Kings parade in Nerja, Spain

Scary Queen of Heart's Guards, Three King's Parade in Nerja, Andalucia, Spain

After spending Christmas and the holidays in Spain we thought we’d stay on a little longer to catch the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, the three Kings Parade. Last year we were living near Loja, in the hills above Granada Read more…


Goodbye 2017, Happy New Year

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Goodbye 2017 and hello to 2018! This year has been amazing, living in the Granada region of Spain, deep in the Spanish campo has been totally inspiring. We have travelled all over Andalucia and been outside every single day, walking, Read more…


Christmas Sunsets in the Costa Del Sol

Christmas Sunset, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain

You really can’t beat a good sunset. The Costa del Sol, where we are visiting for the Christmas holidays, has some stunning sunsets. Especially when looking over the mountains, across the Mediterranean sea to Morocco. Maybe it’s the expanse of Read more…


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Topsy Turvy Tribe 2017

This Christmas we have travelled from Central Portugal to the Costa del Sol in Spain to spend some quality time with family; Grandma, Grandad, Aunties, Uncles and cousins, just as it should be at Christmas time perfect. It’s not quite as cold Read more…


Vila Madeiro Penamacor, Portugal at Christmas Time

There are many Christmas traditions in Portugal, some the same as the UK and some completely different! On Christmas Eve a celebratory evening meal (consoada) of codfish (bacalhau) with potatoes and green peppers is eaten. As is very normal in Read more…