I knew I’d write this post and I knew when the time came to write it that I’d be writing it with an air of melancholy (now there’s a phrase that I don’t use every day!).
Before we went away on our holiday to Portugal I was uptight and anxious. I don’t know why. Whether it was the concerns I had over flying with our little three year old or whether it was how we would keep him entertained for two weeks. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but until we had got through the long day of getting here, collecting our rental car and finding the villa we’ve been staying in, I knew I couldn’t relax. In fact by the end of the first day I was worn out from the internal stress. But I was stupid. Because it was all fine and I can honestly say that almost two weeks later as I write this I have had the most wonderful holiday with my two of my favourite people.
I’m sat writing this looking out of my bedroom window to views of the sunshine and the sea and hand on heart as much as I am missing everyone at home and am looking forward to the comforts that home brings, I will be very sad to leave this place we’ve called home for the last two weeks.
We’ve been to Portugal before but never this area and never just the three of us. This country will always hold a special place for us as it’s the first country hubby and I discovered for ourselves. The country I came to when I was six months pregnant and the country we first took our nine month old baby to. We truly love it here. It will forever be special.
The area we visited this time is much further North than our usual sunny Algarve spot. After flying into Lisbon we drove for just under an hour to the most perfectly hidden little gem called Foz Do Arelho. We were fortunate enough to stay in a friends villa which is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. Truly a home from home.
Our days have been filled with trips to the beach, swims in the pool and driving to nearby towns and villages to explore what they have to offer. This holiday has confirmed what I already knew. Portugal is one of the most perfect places on earth and has been made even more special by sharing it with my wonderful family.
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post knowing that the view I’m looking at is temporary and within forty-eight hours we will be back home in the midst of our usual routine. Likely to be surrounded by rain and clouds and a post holiday slump.
But at the same time I write this safe in the knowledge that we will return to this beautiful place and make many more memories.
But for now I leave you with this years, in their full technicolor glory.
Thank you Portugal for being so perfect. We’ll be seeing you again soon.