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Four Countries in Four Days

Sunflowers on a French Road Trip, Topsy Turvy Tribe

We have arrived. Finally. After an epic road trip we have finally arrived back in the UK. Just in time to watch and celebrate England’s success in the World Cup! We left Central Portugal on Wednesday night, with the goal Read more…


Feira do Queijo, Soalheira, Portugal

Excited about Tractors, Feira do Queijo, Soalheira, Castelo Branco, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Yes, you guessed it, another week, another festa. Last week it was the festival of soups, this week, cheese took centre stage. There was oodles and oodles of the cheesy stuff, aged, blue, mouldy, stinky, gooey and of course, yummy. Read more…


Festival das Sopas, Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

Piano Accordians, Festival das Sopas, Proença-a-Velha, Topsy Turvy Tribe

You only need to live in Portugal for a short time to realise that sopa, soup, really is the foundation of everything. Portuguese life revolves around soup. Children are weaned on it, every meal begins with it, and a day Read more…


Festa da Divina Santa Cruz, Monsanto, Portugal

Monsanto Medieval Rock Band, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Central Portugal has a staggering amount of festas. We almost visit a different festa every weekend. The Portuguese community really do know how to host a good festa, particularly a medieval themed event. We have been to Medelim, Idanha-a-Velha and 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…


Medieval Festa in Idanha-a-Velha

Medieval Music at Idanha-a-Velha Festa, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Last weekend we went to a Medieval Festa (festival) in the nearby historic village of Idanha-a-Velha. There are a network of villages throughout Central Portugal that have been designated as historic (Aldeias Históricas de Portugal). The twelve historic villages host Read more…


Walking in Penamacor Central Portugal

Casa do Ramalho, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

We have discovered some wonderful walking trails in Penamacor, Central Portugal. Penamacor itself is very remote, you are free to wander without interruption. Penamacor is so far inland that you are almost in Spain, only 12km from the border.  Portugal Read more…


Idanha-a-Nova Lake

Fun Times at Idanha-a-Nova Lake, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Idhana-a-Nova in Central Portugal is a remote and ancient part of Portugal and home to a spectacular lake.  Idhana-a-Nova lake is within the perimeters of the Geopark Naturejo, which forms part of the Global Network of National Geoparks created by UNESCO. Read more…


Stunning Sunrises and Sunsets

Atmospheric Skies, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Living on the land provides some rich rewards and reminds us daily that there is nothing more beautiful and good for the soul than nature itself.  Mother nature’s greatest achievements must be the gorgeous sunrise and sunsets that we are able to witness regularly in Portugal. 


Pigs and Acorns on the Portuguese Quinta

A Pig's Life, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

The acorns are falling in abundance here in Portugal; some are eaten by birds and small mammals, but they make an amazingly tasty treat for the quinta’s resident pigs! Portugal and Spain are renowned for acorn fed pigs, as it Read more…