Christmas, Brexit and Covid

It is now 12 months ago we last boarded a plane bound for the UK. At that time Covid was a problem in China and a few isolated cases were beginning to be seen in Italy. If you had told us that this was our last flight home for a year we would not have believed you. Now one year on we would need to take a connecting flight as there are no direct flights between Portugal and the UK and also have to spend £2,400 to stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days once we arrive in England. Effectively that means we won’t be travelling anytime soon (which… Read More

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Christmas 2020

2020 is coming to an end and as for everyone else this has not been the year we planned. Back in February, we showed our new charts and pilot books for Mediterranean Spain as we intended to sail south in  April. We are still in the same place as when we celebrated Christmas last year.  Has the year been wasted? Certainly not! Things have happened that we would have preferred not to have happened with Covid and losing Graham’s Mother in March. We have still explored and have enjoyed spending time in Portugal. We expected to leave in April but instead, we have spent time developing friendships and learning about… Read More

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A Strange Summer

On our blog we often post pictures showing the sunshine, today the rain has come but being stuck inside has given me the motivation to update the blog. We have been back in Cascais for nearly three months now. The summer has not been the one we planned but we have been out exploring the local area. Places are very quiet, we visited the Castelo de S. Jorge Lisbon, speaking to one of the guides they typically have 20,000 visitors a day in August, this year the numbers are around 2,000. We spotted a naughty seagull going to the pharmacy without a mask on but on the whole people are… Read More

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