Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores – Retirement Travel Article

Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores cliffs by Porto de Mos, Lagos It’s been a ‘staycation’ kind of summer for us here in Lagos, Portugal, with lots of friends stopping by and making use of our guest room (if you want your friends and family to visit, just move to Portugal!) and day trips here and there.  We’ve met several new friends who have contacted us through the blog and are checking out both Portugal and the Algarve to…

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Experience Lisbon Like a Local – Spain Travel Article

Experience Lisbon Like a Local Lisbon is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Packed with wonderful places to visit and experience.Whilst lots of its attractions are busy with tourists there is still plenty to see in Lisbon that is off the beaten track. Away from the Avenida da Liberdade and Praça do Comércio lies the real Lisbon. The city which locals enjoy everyday.Let’s take a look at several things you can do in Lisbon, Portugal.Experience the city like a local.Watch…

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The Rhythm of Seasonal Changes & Crises – Retirement Travel Article

The Rhythm of Seasonal Changes & Crises When the calendar page turns to the first official day of summer, I begin counting the days until the first official day of fall, as if I can hurry along the seasonal changes.  I can appreciate the beauty of summer with green grass, flower blossoms and wearing flip flops, but I am not a fan of heat and humidity.  Humidity tends to suck the life out of me so when the air cools…

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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Two – Retirement Travel Article

Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Two   There’s no getting around it: writing a blog is work. It takes time.  It takes discipline. It takes waiting around for a brilliant insight to hit you or an inspiring thought (a very rare event) and slogging ahead anyway when your muse is silent. However, the effort is well worth it when we hit the ‘publish’ button and add another page to our…

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Foodie Weekend in Porto – Couples Travel Article

Foodie Weekend in Porto A few weeks ago I went to Porto on a foodie and wine tour with the folks from AtWill Tours. It was a couple of days of food, wine, port, and wandering around this fantastic city. I had no preconceptions whatsoever about Porto. I went with a fresh perspective and I loved it! A city full of food, culture, architecture, and of course, the home of delicious Port, a fortified wine that if you have yet…

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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Three – Retirement Travel Article

Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Three   Back in 2011, when we were in the midst of preparing for full-time travel and radically downsizing, our announcements of our plans to various friends and family got a lot of different responses. From dumbfounded gapes and guffaws to “You’ll never be able to do it.” “What a great idea. I wish I could but …” “But what about______? ”  Here you can…

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The Hoopla About Hoopoes, A Birdwalk, and A Three-Hour Tour – Retirement Travel Article

The Hoopla About Hoopoes, A Birdwalk, and A Three-Hour Tour In our former lives on Padre Island off the coast of Texas, one of the things we enjoyed most were the sea birds we could see in the wetlands near our house on a canal.  We never failed to be thrilled by the V formations of twenty to thirty brown pelicans skimming close to the waves at the Padre Island National Seashore or the sight of a brown pelican streaking…

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Our Insider Tips For Exploring the City of Porto – Retirement Travel Article

Our Insider Tips For Exploring the City of Porto It’s no secret that Porto, Portugal is our most favorite city in Europe.  Well, at least of the cities we’ve actually visited.  We think of the city as our home-away-from-home and we spend as much time as we can in Porto.  So when a friend asked for a few suggestions (aside from the obvious tourist sites) for spending time in the city, I pulled together a list of our favorite insider…

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Fall Traditions: Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival and Giving Thanks – Retirement Travel Article

Fall Traditions: Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival and Giving Thanks It came as a bit of a shock to us, back in 2012 and traveling in Mexico, that there were no outward signs that our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, was taking place back in the US. Nope. We moved right from the Day-of-the-Dead to Christmas songs in the markets and grocery stores, simple and elaborate Nativity tableaus, and lighted decorations on the streets. That may have been our first clue that we…

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Living La Vida Lagos: How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Live In Lagos, Portugal? – Retirement Travel Article

Living La Vida Lagos: How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Live In Lagos, Portugal? Unless you’re reading our blog for the very first time, you’ll know that we’re delighted with our adopted country of Portugal and especially, the Algarve Region where we’ve been for the last two years, busily putting down some shallow roots. For us, it’s turned out to be an excellent place to live and we love exploring the area as well as playing impromptu tour guides,…

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Cooking luxe in the Algarve – Scribbler in Seville – Spain Travel Article

Cooking luxe in the Algarve – Scribbler in Seville Lola, chef Lucia Ribeiro, and me at Mimo Algarve.The natural setting of Pine Cliffs Resort is stunning – atop a sandstone escarpment looking onto the sea. Pine Cliffs Resort, near Albuferia on the Algarve coast of Portugal, has a hotel, villas and apartments.Ceramic tiles are used to decorate both the exterior and interior of Portuguese houses.If you and your family like to stay at beautiful, tastefully designed beach resorts close to…

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