Faro, Portugal

Last month on a cold, blustery, rainy day at home in Normandie, we decided to take a trip to a warm, sunny location, as soon as possible. We considered several cities in Spain, but after looking into destinations with direct flights from CDG, we decided on Faro, Portugal. We booked a flight, train to and... Continue Reading →

France – Year One

It was one year ago today that theTravelsketcher, Neville, and I arrived in France. Our retirement dream was to travel, and living in France has allowed us to do just that. It has been an eventful year to say the least, and on several occasions we considered giving up and moving back to the Pacific... Continue Reading →

Rabat, Morocco

I normally post a blog on Fridays and a quote on Tuesdays, but I am switching things up this week due to some special visitors. Our daughter and son-in-law are arriving tomorrow from the states, and we will be busy showing them around Normandie. It has been one year since we’ve been together, and we... Continue Reading →

Adventure in Agadir

Those of you who regularly follow my blog know that theTravelsketcher and I took our first cruise in November (click here to read more about that trip). We were lukewarm about the experience, but thought we would give it another try. Our second cruise left from Lisbon in mid-January, and included stops in the Canary... Continue Reading →

Madeira, Portugal

The islands of Madeira, Portugal, also known as the Pearl of the Atlantic, are located 280 miles off the African coast, but more than 600 miles from Portugal. This cluster of four lush, green, tropical islands, two inhabited and two uninhabited, may remind you of Hawaii. Madeira and Porto Santo are the two inhabited islands... Continue Reading →

Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal is a magically beautiful place nestled in the mountains not far from Lisbon. The forests, groves, grottos, astronomical observation towers, and much more, will make you feel like you have somehow found your way into a magical forest or fairytale. Home to at least five palaces tucked in the hillsides, and on the... Continue Reading →

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