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...and I'm BAAAACK!

Hello, me dears!
How have you been? 
I had a fab vacation in Portugal. This is the country I would love to come back to - relaxed, laid back and very sunny. The food is glorious, the roads are empty and the small towns in Algarve are quaint and quiet. Everyone speaks English and serves excellent coffee :)

Here are some pics for you, fellas...

Arrifana Beach
Foggy evening at Amoreira Beach

Coming to Odeceixe, that river comes directly from the sea behind me
the town itself
Hello there! I have to say that most of the houses and farms have solar panels and I've seen a lot of wind turbines around. Impressed by Portuguese eco-friendliness. The air is very clean and smells sweet...

Lagos Beach where I got crisp around the edges aka sunburned on Saturday :)
Perceves is a Portuguese delicacy (seafood). We actually haven't had any meat while there - seafood is excellent, insanely fresh, especially sardines, but we had plenty of cockles, prawns and even angler fish as well. And I lived on wine spritzers ;)

Faro on Sunday afternoon is dead quiet. No people on the streets and most of the places are shut. Incredibly charming, kind of faded glory, place though...
Storks and their huge nests. First time I've seen them live.
Orange tree square in Faro
and this is it.



Eva E. said...

REALLY AWESOME KARINA! :) They're lovely photos. I'm really amazed by the architecture! Very.... preserved?

Birgit said...

Ahhh ... beautiful indeed! Though I must confess it would probably have been too hot for me there (well, it's hot where I live to, alright). So what I'm trying to say is, it looks like the perfect place to visit in spring or fall :-)!

Phoenix Carvelli said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Petra said...

Lovely pictures! :) The beach looks amazing! The buildings are beautiful, and the storks give it some kind of atmosphere. :)
BTW, I bought the Night School because of your review. :)

Mel said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had a great holiday - certainly a lot sunnier and warmer than it's been here in blighty! :-)
I really need to sort a holiday for myself...

Melliane said...

it looks like you had a great trip. I love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

Blodeuedd said...

Wow! I wanna go too! :D

Welcome back :)

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thank you for commenting, everyone, and Birgit it wasn't that hot, about +26-27 degrees with a breeze. Just lovely!

Mel, no surprise here! You really have to get out of the country to get some sun! :)

Petra, yay! I hope you enjoy that book and keeping my fingers crossed that you do :)

Eva, I would say it's rustic and faded but still very beautiful. The atmosphere was amazing!

Lesley said...

Those pictures are amazing, the blue skies are gorgeous. I'm green with envy right now:)

Christina said...

HOLY GORGEOUSNESS, BATMAN! I want to go to there!

Thanks for sharing your photos. They're all beautiful. I also really like the cow for some reason. Haha. It's just like all up in your face. :-p

Kat said...

Amazing! Looks like you had a fabulous time and got some sun!

Glad you're back though ;-)

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Lesley, Christina, Kat, thank you! I love going places and always take tons of pictures. But it's always good to be back! :) Hugs x

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