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What I Did on Summer Vacation

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I’m still here! I’ve been in Portugal the past two weeks, and I had every intention of posting at least once while I was there, but it never happened. Blame the sun and the warm weather and the lure of the Atlantic Ocean beaches… it makes a girl lazy. I’ve only been back for a few days, but I already want to go back. I had so many great ideas for my story-in-progress while I was over there too.

A few highlights of the trip: traveling to the area of central Portugal that my husband’s grandfather was originally from for the first time and meeting a waiter who just happened to have lived in Newark, NJ until he was 11, lying out on the beach, grilling the freshest sardines we bought at the Loulé market, hiking the marshes so close to the Faro airport that the planes took off directly over your head and flocks of flamingos flew off to their own private area inaccessible from the trail, karaoke with a group of very drunk Brits at the bar downstairs from our apartment, and the Ilha (island) de Tavira.

I’ll give you all the full recap soon, but in the meantime, here’s a small  photo teaser of the things I did and saw while I was there.

photos from Portugal

Clockwise from top L: the mountain town of Gouveia, Loulé city center, the Island of Tavira, and my very first galão of the trip from the bar downstairs.

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5 responses »

  1. Looks lovely. I’llbe visiting Portugal next summer/fall and look forward to hearing what you have to say.

    • That’s a great time of year to visit! Do you know where you’re going yet?

      • I know I’ll be going to the Azores to meet up with some friends, and possibly to Madeira. I’d like to do a stop in Portugal itself, but am not sure if it will be Lisbon or elsewhere. I’m open to suggestions!

  2. Portugal looks like a beautiful place. NJ has loads of people so I am not surprised about bumping into a fellow New Jersian there (although considering how Newark is, I wonder often if there is a way out for a lot of the people there, so that could be a bit rare afterall)! That must have been nice to see where your husband’s family extends from! Again, so beautiful!

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