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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…


Festa de São João, Aldeia de João Pires, Central Portugal

Festa de São João, Aldeia de João Pires, Central Portugal

Festa de São João, or the festival of Saint John the Baptist, is a festival that happens every year during Midsummer, on the of 23 June. The whole of Portugal, and Europe, celebrates; none more so than the city of Read more…


Medieval Games and Fiesta in Eljas, Spain

Medieval Festa Eljas, Topsy Turvy Tribe

It has been way too long since we visited Spain but when we live so close to the border then it is definitely worth the short trip back to España for a Fiesta. Not to be outdone by the countless Read more…


Dia Mundial da Criança – World Children’s Day in Penamacor

Fantastic Foam Fun! Dia Mundial da Criança - World Children's Day in Penamacor, Topsy Turvy Tribe

It was the boy’s turn to take centre stage at this week’s festa as our local town of Penamacor celebrated World Children’s Day (Dia Mundial da Criança) in style. Portugal is really child friendly and it is fair to say Read more…


Jewish and Christian Easter Festival – Festa das Páscoas Judaica e Cristã, Medelim, Idanha-a-Nova

The Bagpipe Band, Medelim, Idanha-a-Nova, Central Portugal

We visited our local village of Medelim last weekend to attend the Jewish and Christian Easter Festival – Festa das Páscoas Judaica e Cristã. The history of the Portuguese villages that surround us never cease to amaze. There is so Read more…


Sunshine and Showers

Boys Playing, Penamacor, Portugal, Topsy Turvy Tribe

The relentless rains have continued here in Central Portugal. It has rained a lot; so much more that torrential downpours have become the new norm. The caravan roof sings to it’s own tune of meditative pitter-patter as bucket fulls of Read more…


Chaos the Fournado Turns Five

Chaos turns five, Happy Birthday, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Chaos the Fournado Turns Five… It doesn’t seem like a whole year since your last birthday, this past year has been a whirlwind of firsts, developments and changes. We spent your birthday last year partying with Grandma, Grandad and your Read more…


The Reality of Living Off-Grid in a Caravan with Children in Central Portugal Over Winter

Our Caravan Home in the Cork Oaks, Topsy Turvy Tribe, Penamacor, Central Portugal

The Reality of Living Off-Grid in a Caravan with Children in Central Portugal Over Winter It seemed like a good idea at the time… So what is it really like to live off-grid in a caravan in Central Portugal through Read more…


Penamacor Old Town and Jewish Quarter

Cidade Antiga, Old Town, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Penamacor is a small town with many historic gems at the heart of it’s Cidade Antiga, the Old Town and Bairro Judeu, Jewish Quarter.  As Penamacor is a border town, only 12 km from Spain, a large number of Jewish people 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…