Portugal

Indulge in New Year R &R……….and R in Monchique

After a month of holiday excess and indulgence of the not-so-healthy variety, January always comes fast and furious and we’re left wondering what hit us. Detox and diet plans are officially under way, fitness and yoga studios are overrun with resolution-makers and running paths and parks are packed with January joggers.  When the hustle and bustle of life continues around us, it’s not always easy to get motivated at home. So, this year take the resolutions on the road by […]

11 Interesting Facts About Portugal

Visiting Portugal was a highlight of the first month of my trip. The people, the food, and the surroundings were all absolutely incredible. Portugal has found a place in my heart, and I have every intention of returning time and time again. Here is my next “Interesting Facts…” post featuring a dose of knowledge on what might be my new favorite country, Portugal! 1. According to the CIA Factbook, Portugal is the 111th largest country in the world, just behind […]

Photos from Lisbon, Portugal (UNESCO sites 13 & 14)

Our time in Lisbon (just over a week and a half ago) was spent making friends, exploring the surroundings of Lisbon, and hanging out on the beach. It was a nice start to the wind down of our time in Spain and Portugal and was highlighted by some sightseeing to two different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first of these sites were two different historical buildings, the Tower of Belem, and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. Both show exemplary architecture […]

Panoramic Photo of Porto, Portugal (UNESCO #12)

Porto, or Oporto as it is called by the locals, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the twelfth one I’ve visited since the start of this site. Technically it is just the historic center of the city that is a heritage site, but I took this panoramic shot of the entire city because I loved the view. From what I understand the historic center is the part pictured at center here, highlighted by the tower you see poking up […]

Porto, Portugal – Just What the Doctor Ordered

It had been a long day. The bus had dropped us off in a part of town we weren’t expecting to be in, the “Free Internet” wifi network I needed for directions actually cost 2.50 Euro an hour, and our bags were starting to seem heavier and heavier each day. We’d been moving around a lot, and in need of some relaxation and a slower pace. That’s exactly what we got in Portugal, the second chapter and second country of […]