Portugal {Part II}

A little late posting this, but better late than never…

Our trip to Portugal continued the way it started – lots of time outdoors swimming, enjoying the sun and the beautiful scenery.

Apart from it’s magnificent weather and beaches, I am also in complete awe of the Algarve’s architecture. Almost every single house we came across, was beautiful in it’s own way – no two the same. Most are white, or light pastel colours with turrets and arches, pools, balconies and roof terraces. All different shapes, some old and quaint and some super modern.

I could have spent hours walking around the roads taking photos of the houses. Sadly, I was very conscious I may have been reported to neighbourhood watch and been taken in to the local police station for questioning on suspicious behaviour.

On the subject, does anyone have an opinion on this? Can you take photos of an amazing house(s)? Can you walk around a neighbourhood with a camera? If you are clearly on holidays?

I do regret now not taking tons of photos, but at least I could take them of my family without my motives being questioned.

A few photos from our walks…

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I hope everybody has a great week!

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Outdoors! {Portugal Part I}

Life is just so much better when most of your time is spent outdoors; fresh air, birds chirping, the smell of flowers, planes going overhead… All this is made especially great when your son is taking notice of all of these things for the first time. Watching him shout with excitement every time a plane went by, or a bird flew in front of him was the greatest feeling.

The last 8 days we spent in Portugal were incredible. Everything about the Algarve is so wonderfully beautiful and picturesque, 8 days were absolutely not enough! I’d say we spent 90% of every day outdoors, either by the pool or taking walks to explore the area. Noah even took all of his naps in the garden.

I hadn’t been back to Portugal since I was 17 and only once before that. I feel like I’ve been there 20 times though, as I’ve always said I would return and kept my old memories from it close to my heart.

It was a quiet time of the year on the Algarve so we had to make our own excitement.

Some of the things we enjoyed:

Walks at sunset…

There are so many places to explore, why not explore as the sun is going down and the sky is beautiful? On our adventures, we visited nature preserves, found nice restaurants and cafes, walked through amazing housing estates and came across little beaches. We also encountered countless ant farms, giant flying beetles (of which I have a severe phobia that was spawned on my last visit to Portugal) and the occasional older gentleman hooting at us as they flew by on their bikes.

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DSC_9646Birthday Tradition! DSC_9650Birthday Tradition!Lots of swimming…

One of the most exciting things to enjoy with Nounou is swimming. He adores the water and starts kicking with anticipation before he even touches it. He splashes like crazy, soaking anything and everything close by. You could hear his  shouts and screams from up the road, as he covers his face in water from his splish splashing.  So much fun!!

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A visit to the Red Cliffs…

I remembered these from my last visit to Portugal and couldn’t wait to return to see them. Unfortunately, the evening we went, it got cold quite quickly, but I still managed to get a few pictures in.

These cliffs are so beautiful in their uniqueness. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the sand is also a light rust colour. I already can’t wait to go back and take more pictures here! I suppose that just means I’ll have to return to the Algarve as soon as possible. Oh dammit!

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A Saturday night out…

What’s a week away without a Saturday night out?

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More amazing memories together!

Another post coming soon – Portugal is definitely worth two :)

Have a great weekend peoples!

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The Little Boy Doing Little Boy Things.

This past week, we saw the return of the Birthday Hat {our little birthday tradition} ..this time, it was me wearing it.

We celebrated my 28th birthday – I guess there is only 2 more years I’ll be admitting to my age, I might as well enjoy it while I can! We went out for dinner the night before, and cooked at home with my family on the day of – definitely a quieter birthday than I am used to, but spent with the best people.

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IMG_0073Birthday Tradition!We also enjoyed a lovely evening stroll. With Summer on the way, the nights are stretching and it is bright until after 8.30pm which is great!

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Whenever I come across a little boarded up house like this, I often wonder who may have lived in there, what kind of memories do it’s walls have, when will it be lived in again?

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IMG_0038Birthday Tradition!-2My decision to quit the gym a few months ago has never been more justified. This child just does not stop moving…crawling, climbing, jumping, hiding, generally gravitating towards the most dangerous area of his current location… at home, that would be the corners of our coffee table or the marble fireplace…

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Supporting a rather girly soother

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IMG_0010Birthday Tradition!We also took a little visit to our cousins… it was the first time watching Nounou play with other children, and who better than my Godson and one of my other favourite little guys in the world.

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Have a great weekend and week everyone… next post coming to you from Portugal! :)

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Hello Easter. Hello Spring.

What a nice long weekend we’ve had – celebrating Easter with family, Alan on a few days holidays and enjoying this beautiful Spring weather.
It’s always so nice when we have Daddy here for more than just a few hours a day so I can enjoy watching the boys playing and laughing together so 4 days in a row was really great. I have Noah staying up later now every night so that we can enjoy the bright evenings and we definitely made use of that this past weekend.

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We visited Gran & Grandad & Auntie Orla.

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DSC_8797Birthday Tradition!We spent Easter Sunday with Nanny & Papi & Auntie Jacqueline.

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Easter Monday, we visited Malahide Castle for a walk and a pit stop in Avoca. It was such a nice day, we didn’t want to stay inside so took our my cake and coffee outside for a mini picnic on the grass.

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When we arrived through our front door, we were greeted by an amazing pink glow in our living room as the sun set outside our window – a beautiful end to a beautiful Easter weekend.

Have a great (short) week everyone!

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