Costa Caparica, Portugal
Europe

Things tourists should never do in Portugal

October 28, 2020 Jack 0

One such article on Portuguese website Portugaldenorteaasul, titled 11 things tourists should never do in Portugal hooked me in. After three years of getting to know Portugal, I wondered how these ‘things not to do’ would compare with our experiences. […]

Cycling the ecovia from Ponte de Lima to Viana do Castelo
Europe

A Curious Incident On The Way To Viana do Castelo

October 20, 2020 Andy 0

Something catches my eye, movement by the water line about 200 metres to my right, on the far bank of the river. Squinting into the sun, I see what looks like the torso of a large man hauling himself out of the river, dragging his withered legs behind him… […]

Portugal

Cycling, what is it good for?

September 16, 2020 Jack 1

I like the thought of cycling that involves effortless pedalling along flat country lanes passing rows of vines, or alongside a gently rolling river, the warm sun kissing my face; a soft breeze caressing glowing skin; a bottle of wine, loaf of fresh bread, and a round of cheese in the wicker basket… […]

Europe

Being addicted to unfamiliarity

September 10, 2020 Jack 0

A year ago to the day Andy and I sat on the terrace of a shepherd’s hut on a plateau in Slovenia whilst I tucked into a bowl of gruel otherwise known as buckwheat mush and sour milk. Why? Because it was there… […]

Alentejo

Camel Spit & Cork Trees, a Year of Slow Travel Through Portugal

September 1, 2020 Jack 0

Our quest to find the ideal place to live, combined with missions to create Slow Travel holidays, took us from the honey-coloured coastline of the wilder side of the Algarve to the verdant valleys of the Minho in the north, and from living beside a smugglers’ trail in Alentejo’s ‘beyond the back of beyond’ border country to a small farm next to a cork forest in the Setúbal Peninsula… […]

Hiking

Escaping from COVID prison to Northern Portugal

July 28, 2020 Jack 0

In these open hills there are no other people, most folk wouldn’t dream of walking when temperatures are predicted to hit the upper 30s, but there is an abundance of life. Ignoring us as we sit in the meagre shade of a human-sized cairn are wild Garrano horses. […]