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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Returning to Portugal

Finally we have returned from our “short” trip to the UK. Two and a half weeks became six weeks and then four and a half months later, we were on our way back to Portugal.  It was a surreal experience travelling back, very few people are travelling and Stansted airport only had 7 passenger flights leaving that day. As you might expect the airport was very quiet so no queues.  The catering and shops were all closed with the exception of Boots where you could buy a sandwich, you had to queue to get into the shop. As you looked around the airport aircraft were parked but nothing was moving. … Read More

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Winter in Portugal

When we made our  last post on this blog Christmas was a few days away. We celebrated Christmas Eve with friends from Riverside Church at their home followed by a Christmas Eve  service at Riverside. It is great to meet new people and share experiences and also see what we have in common. Christmas day was different from those we have had in England, the sun was shining and we walked along the beach and enjoyed coffee and cakes sitting outside by the beach.  On the way back we chatted to our Belgium freinds from the boat Amadaus sitting by the beach. Cafes and restaurants were open and there was… Read More

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