The Portugal Diaries #13

Upon picking my sister up at Faro airport on Tuesday 18th July, I was surprised to see she had brought someone with her, my nephew! It was a treat and BattleKid was only delighted to see his cousin. As my sister, G, had never been to either Ayamonte or Vila Real de Santo Antonio, we headed off early on the Wednesday to show her both.

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Fun on the ferry to Ayamonte

My nephew loves Ayamonte as he is half Spanish so he got to practise a bit while we were there. We did a bit of shopping and had brunch before getting the ferry back to Vila Real. My nephew and I visited our favourite shop there, Ale Hop, and we sat down afterwards for an ice cream and cold drink.

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A beautiful church in Ayamonte
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Eating Ice Cream in Vila Real de Santo Antonio

My sister enjoyed it but said her trip wasn’t long enough as she left on the Friday, leaving my nephew behind until the following Tuesday. We took him shopping in Gran Plaza in Tavira where I finally managed to pick myself up some new, decent flip flops in the form of Ipanema ones. My old ones are still going strong but are getting a bit grubby looking with the dust and sand around our park so new ones for outings were in order.

On the Monday before my nephew left, we recorded some videos for each other’s YouTube channels which I thoroughly enjoyed. My nephew has a very successful channel with over 2k subscribers! To see one of our collaboration videos, read on.

We had fun and got it done while BattleKid was snoozing on my parents’ sofa. I’m not sure we’d have gotten as much done had he been awake. Tuesday morning, we dropped him off at the airport before heading home to relax.

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Loving his cousin

One thing that has become a regular occurance is an afternoon swim in the pool on our site. I must admit our pool is not as warm as my parents but it’s a nice luxury to be able to jump in to cool off at the end of the day. We are also lucky to have a restaurant on site if I don’t feel like cooking dinner. Ricardo, the manager and chef, will open the kitchen for us even if it is closed as we are residents. We are very fortunate and he is a lovely man with really good English. He’s also great with BattleKid.

I sometimes have to pinch myself that this is my life now. I’m not on holidays, as I thought coming back from London, and we’re lucky in that we’ve only experienced 40°C once. The weather has been great, hovering around 30°C with dips up and down when we want it. It is going to be strange getting back into jeans and long-sleeved tops for our trip to Portland and Yellowstone but I know we’ll be coming back to warm weather, if only until our Bluestone trip in October!

Oh, and we’ve finally booked our trip to Disneyland Paris for December. I’ve been doing a lot of research where that is concerned, thinking about planning our first family trip, what rides BattleKid can go on and enjoy, and where to eat.

To be continued…

Cath x 

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