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Canals, Bicycles, and Pancakes: A Short Break in the Netherlands

Hallo – Megan here! I recently made a solo trip to the Netherlands for a few days, and I’d love to share with you all a selection of highlights and suggestions from my first visit to the country. Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to book a long weekend off and explore somewhere new yourself!

Bicycles in Amsterdam

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Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 3

Hello again, and welcome to the last installment of my scribblings about a recent visit to Portugal’s sun- and surf-filled south, the Algarve. If you’re new to the site and happened to miss Part 1 and Part 2, no worries – I’ve added the links here.

As I said at the end of the last post, this time we’re headed west – out to the many gorgeous beaches of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.

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Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 2

Boa tarde, fellow adventurers.

Here, find the continuation of my recent wanderings in southwestern Portugal, in the region better known as the Algarve. If you happened to miss Part 1, no worries – here’s the link.
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Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 1

Olá, y’all!

My partner Nick and I recently returned to our neck of the woods after a week away exploring the Algarve, Portugal‘s southern most region. It was a fantastic adventure, and I’d like to share a bit about our wanderings as well as a few of my photographs with you. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to do a bit of adventuring somewhere new as well!


~ The Algarve, Portugal – Part 1 ~

Met to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the west by the mighty Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve has a plethora of sandstone stack-spotted beaches to discover. Its location also means there is a near-constant sea breeze, making even the hottest of summer days reasonably comfortable.

And what to do on those long summer days? Well, the region has plenty to offer visitors, the adventure-keen and relaxation-minded alike. As for us, we wanted a mixture of both active pursuits and chillaxin’ time, and I’d say we definitely managed to strike that balance. A rental car is fairly essential to making things happen in the Algarve, but the options are plentiful at Faro Airport and the prices not too dear. I recommend doing a little online research before arriving in the Algarve, including becoming familiar with how the toll road – Via Verde – system works. Going to be doing a lot of exploring? Consider downloading a GPS app for the region onto your smartphone before you go, as there are many options available and they are often free. We used Navmii Portugal, and it was often invaluable. 

Our wanderings took us mostly through the areas around and between Lagos, Sagres, and Aljezur, so the most southwestern part of the Algarve.  Read More