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Summer break report (week 4) – Smashed it!

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    After the unbearable heatwave of last week we finally set off on our road trip adventure in Portugal.   The Road Trip Actually, it was more of a mini road trip. We had intended to cover more geographic areas and to visit family around Portugal but as this was our last week, time was limited. We had intended to …

Summer break report (week 3) – delayed by the heatwave

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    Our third week in Portugal brought with it an infernal heatwave and some of the highest temperatures in Europe on record, which affected our plans for the rest of the holiday… Read on to see how was our third week visiting Portugal. This post includes affiliate links, marked with *. See disclaimer for details. Farewell We had to say farewell …

Make memories last longer with Boots photo book. Young girl points to photo in book, smiling.

Make memories of your holiday trip home last longer with a photo book

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We can’t go back home as much as I’d like. So I found a way to make memories of that rare holiday last longer. I had great hopes for our Christmas trip home, the first in five years. And it was fantastic. We made so many wonderful memories. It was the first time that both girls were old enough to …

Cascais Christmas Village

Cascais Christmas Village: boutique Christmas experience on a budget near Lisbon

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If you read my last post, The Christmas Tag, you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of the commercial side of Christmas. I’ve never even taken my girls to a Father Christmas Grotto, that’s how much I dislike that kind of thing – and queues! The Cascais Christmas Village is no Winter Wonderland in Hyde park, which I’ve been to …

Coach at the museum

Our day in Belém – an itinerary of choux pastry, coaches and a horse called Fandanga

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Ah, what a day in Belém district this was! We started with a little elevenses (a mid morning snack) at Versailles Belém, followed by a trip to the Museu Nacional dos Coches (The National Coach Museum) and a tour by horse and carriage. We finished with a late lunch at Rui dos Pregos. Pastelaria Versailles Belém Versailles is an iconic pastelaria (patisserie) established in Lisbon …