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up to the mountains, down to the shore

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I’m back after a little break from the internet and a very impromptu family vacation. A bit of extra holiday time and some ridiculously cheap off-season deals meant that we went to Portugal for a few days. We were looking forward to a whole lot of sun but we arrived and were greeted with three solid days of torrential rains and thunder! However, we took it in our stride, adapted our plans and made the most of it. We drove around the countryside, exploring rural Portugal and seeking out coffee and pizza in every port. These pictures were taken on the day we decided for no good to drive up to the top of the highest peak in the south. The view was completely non existent but we were greeted by some very friendly cafe owners who probably through we were mad but did make us an excellent cup of tea. Forrest was non the wiser and enjoyed waiting out the storm in the front seat.

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The second half of our trip was your much more classic cheap and cheerful beach holiday. We made sandcastles, did some splashing, dug a big hole for the baby to sit in- all that good stuff.

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As you can probably tell Forrest had such a wonderful time. It was so special to see him experiencing the beach properly for the first time and actually enjoying unlike the other attempts (such as here & here) He’s been decidedly grumpy since we got home so I think that is proof enough that he thoroughly enjoyed himself. This morning I caught him trying to make a sandcastle with his bucket and bricks. We are stuggling to get through the mornings without shots of expresso and a dozen pastel de nata.

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