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Portugal Travel Diaries

Here are the final set of pictures from our half term trip to Algarve Portugal. We also visited Faro and Lagos. It was a fun relaxing trip. We had a great time and I wish I could go back and soak in some more sunshine. The weather in Cheshire has been dreadful lately. How is the weather where you are? This Cheshire weather is making me miss Algarve so much, but I will survive until my next sunny vacation.

 

Say Cheese

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While in Portugal, we decided to visit Lagos. We have heard so much about the city so we decided to make the most of our time there. Driving down to Lagos from Algarve. The kiddies always enjoy road trips as long as they are fed and have some form of entertainment. It took us around an hour to get Lagos, thanks to Google maps and our Enterprise rental car.

 

 

View from the Car Park in Lagos Portugal

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The city of Lagos was cool to see. I am happy I got great shots to treasure for life. I could clearly see the similarities between Lagos Portugal and Lagos Nigeria. It was a fun experience all around. We had the opportunity to walk around the centre of the city and soak in all it had to offer. The only issue we had was when the kiddies found a ride they wanted to get on, and us not having our wallets on us. That was the end of our sight seeing. Kids have the power like that….

 

 

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Our ride back to Algarve was ok. Having said that, we found that many roads didn’t have street lights so they were really dark. Good M is an experienced driver and has driven in many countries. I won’t advise anyone who is not very confident driving to drive here as the roads can be very different with lots of roads and uncountable roundabouts. There was a roundabout on almost every single road we went on.

 

 

Goofing around in the centre

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It was a short but fun trip. I know we will be visiting Portugal again in the future. Probably a different part of the country. I love exploring Europe. So far we have been to Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris (a few times), Barcelona, Milan, Dublin, Edinburgh, and now I can add Algarve to the list of countries in Europe I have visited. I would love to visit the Scandinavian countries next, maybe that would happened for us next year. M has been to most of the Scandinavian countries I want to visit already because his work takes him all over the world. And he has only good things to say about them.

 

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We spent our last evening at the Beach. It was quiet as most people had left already which was just what I needed. I am not a fan of crowded places, especially beaches and swimming pools. The Kiddies had fun posing for pictures, playing with sand and water. All I wanted to do was to walk around  and admire the beautiful beach. It was even more beautiful in the evening.

 

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And this travel post brings the end of our Portugal Travel Diairies. I hope you have enjoyed reading the short series as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

Have you been to any part of Portugal? What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a relaxing weekend.

 

 

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Airport travel tips I picked up along the way

Travelling is fun but it can be stressful at the same time. It is usually a bit more stressful when you are travelling with kids as you have to pack more stuff. And kids usually hardly ever cooperate or move quickly. I did most of my travel before the kiddies but I have also done some travel with them because I the travel fun outweighs the stress. Travel is one of my favourite things to do. I have visited a couple of cities/countries over the years, which is how I picked up various airport travel tips to help make our adventure less stressful. Here are some of the tips –

 

Pack light & weigh before getting to the airport

It can be tricky to pack light especially when you have kids involved. But it is important to only pack what you need to reduce the amount of boxes you take away on holiday. The last thing you would need is to drag boxes with stuff you won’t use or be stuck with excess luggage at the airport. The fear of excess luggage is the beginning of travel wisdom. The fear makes me weigh my boxes before arriving at the airport so I can rearrange the boxes if needed. We have a travel scale we use to weigh boxes and it is usually spot on.

 

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Hire a taxi to the airport

Hiring a taxi to the airport is the best way to get there without stress. Driving to the airport means you have to load your car yourself. It also means you have pack it yourself at the airport, which can be frustrating if you are running late and unable to find a parking space quickly.

Parking far away from the airport with the hope of catching an airport shuttle is very dangerous. Apart from the stress of packing a car and catching the shuttle, the shuttle may be running late. We experienced this first hand earlier this year when we booked an airport shuttle, the shuttle was over 30 minutes late, and we almost missed our flight. The best way to get to the airport is to go in a taxi.

 

Label your boxes

Label all your boxes before getting to the airport. Make sure you also mark your boxes so it is easy for you to spot them from far. I mistakenly carried the wrong box some years ago. The box was exactly the same as mine. And the padlock was the same as well (we both use the padlock that came with the box), and I only realised I got the wrong box after getting to the hotel. I bet you can imagine how stressful it was for me. We had to head back to the airport the next day to return box and I got mine later that day as well. It is one mistake that I can’t afford to make again.

 

Check in at home

We always check in and book our seats 24 hours before our flight. That makes our life easier when we get to the airport as we only have to do a bag drop.

 

Get to the airport early

Getting to the airport helps as we are not stressed on the travel day. Kids never move quickly so having. few hours to play with works great for us. It also means we can get something to eat if needed and slot in some duty-free shopping as well.

 

What do you think of these airport travel tips? Do you have any tips of yours to share? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

My Visit to Barcelona

Thursdays are all about memories. So I am throwing it right back to when I visited the beautiful city of Barcelona in 2012. I always wanted to explore Spain, so when I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona, I was super thrilled. Barcelona is such a beautiful city with so much history and a rich culture. It is definitely a city I would like to visit again with the kids in tow this time.

Visiting Spain was a dream come true. It was on my bucket list for years so making it happen was so cool. The trip happened pre kids and pre blogging, so I never really blogged about the trip. Which is why you are reading this travel blog post now.

 

 

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The trip to Barcelona happened in my young and free days. I was determined to see as much of the world as I could see before starting a family and it happened. I did get to see quite a few cities. Now that the twins are older, I have slowly gotten back into travelling and I can’t wait to see some more cities.

I have a few cities I plan on seeing in the next couple of months. Some Spanish locations are high on my travel list and I am looking forward to ticking them all off as done. I am yet to visit any of the Spanish islands so they are definitely on my travel bucket list. One island I need to visit is Tenerife. It is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and I have heard amazing things about the Island. I have been looking online for Cheap Tenerife Holidays 2018/2019 and I have found some very good deals. Hoping to make that happen one day.

 

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My Visit to Barcelona

Back to my visit to Barcelona many moons ago. We stayed at NH Hotel Cornellá for 3 nights. It was a lovely hotel with good customer service. I remember it was right in front of a Chinese restaurant that came in very handy.

The trip was fun. We visited a lot of tourist attractions – Barcelona Stadium, Seafood Market, Shopping malls and more. We hopped on the Red Bus Tour, which took us all over the city with running commentary. It was a lovely bus ride and we had a good time exploring the beautiful city and soaking in the culture. We even got on their own version of London Eye.

 

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Have you visited Barcelona? What did you think of the city?

 

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