It isn’t always sunshine & rainbows: Guimaraes

On the advice of one our hostel stays, we skipped Braga and went to Guimaraes. THE place where Portugal was born. It isn't on  many people's radar because it is a very small town and its neighbour Braga has more of a reputation in guide books...

144 + 24 hours in Aveiro

144 doesn't sound like a lot, but most tourists barely spend even 24 hours here. Aveiro is dubbed the "Venice of Portugal" but after spending some time here, we think Aveiro is its own city with its own character and personality. Imagine if it was your city was only known to the world as a reference to another city, i.e., Toronto is the New York of Canada. Ouch. Six days in Aveiro sounds like a lot. And it is. Even our Airbnb host recommended only 1 or 2 days when we asked. And we didn't have a car. We booked the...

One Month

One month already! It goes by so quickly. Our plans were originally to bounce around between at least 2 countries. It IS a month after all. But after a week or two, we decided to stay in Portugal because we really felt at home here and knew that there was so much to experience. Now that we've hit the first travel benchmark (I've never traveled for this long before), it makes you think and reflect. Looking back we take a mental inventory in our mind. How many churches did we see? Hmm, 2. How many museums have we visited? ...

We Left Our Hearts in Porto.

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Porto. It's a great city with more character than Lisbon. Mainly because the city had survived the 1755 earthquake unlike Lisboa. The streets meander through narrow corridors, passing by many semi derelict (looking.. Maybe) houses with colourful tile facades. You can easily get lost in these alleys without worrying about your personal safety. On the quieter streets, you can smell home cooked meal and hear the sounds of plates clashing as the dining table is set. Away from the bustle in the Ribeira district, there's a calm in the city that is comforting.   8 days in...

Our Own Swimmin’ Hole

Day 2 in Geres and Vicki and I wanted to see the waterfall nearby. We've walked around in Ermida and it's pretty cool. It's a small town and they are fairly self sustaining. Everyone that lives in the village helps one another and contributes for the well being of the village. Passing through the alleyways, people are quite friendly often saying hello as we pass by. The hike itself was fairly short and didn't require too much effort - Just follow the signs to Cascata Rajada. I would say it was about 3km one way and the terrain wasn't too challenging....

Underneath the Sun: Lisboa

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our first destination - Lisbon, actually Lisboa (I will never call it Lisbon again and I will tell you why later). From a North American standpoint, little is known about Portugal (Churresquira and tarts anyone?) It is not a destination high on many North American's lists. Of the many foreign languages heard on the tourist streets, only a handful seemed to have an American/Canadian accent. I find that to be kind of a good thing although the destination is very popular with Europeans, so it is still a busy place.   From our initial impression, Lisboa is...