Showing posts with label #holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #holiday. Show all posts

Friday, 13 December 2019

- Portugal -

Back in August, the younger three minibeasts all had their very first trip abroad.
We flew off to Portugal, for a massive family holiday. 
We went with my parents, my brother and his family and my cousin.

We re-booked a villa that we had hired 10 years ago and surprisingly nothing much had changed, apart from we took up more space this time thanks to the additions of all the new children.


The villa was in Moledo,  which is in the North of Portugal.
Filled with beautiful beaches and friendly people


Having our own villa meant we could do what we liked and when we liked. 
The boys all need feeding pretty much non stop or they get hangry, so not having to wait for set meal times worked for us.

As I'm talking about Villas, did you know that Clickstay has 75,000 Villas worldwide to choose from!
Amongst those 75,000 there are some amazing villas in Portugal, which could help you plan your very own Portugues villa holiday.

There was a local supermarket that we all enjoyed visiting, especially the boys as they loved looking at all the fresh fish on offer and all the different sort of sweets and snacks Portugal had compared to back home.

Moledo had lots of different bars and restaurants which we could walk to from our villa, a couple of mornings as we were up before everyone else the boys and I would walk down to one of the favourite bars and they'd all have pancakes for breakfast whilst I enjoyed a nice strong Portuguese coffee.
The bar also had a very long Gin list that Kelly, my mum and I tried to work our way through.
Pretty sure we nearly succeeded too. 


Being within walking distance of two different beaches we thought we'd probably spend most of our time down on one of them, but the kids loved being by the pool and playing hide and seek in the garden.

The kids pretty much took the lead on how the day would fold out and we were all pretty happy with that, if the kids wanted to stay by the pool there were enough adults to keep an eye out if some others wanted to go into town and do a little bit of exploring.


One of the best things about the villa was that the wifi wasn't on and the TV didn't have any signal which meant the kids couldn't get sucked into screen time and they actually spent most of their downtime colouring in or making up games to play together.
It was great to see them all having fun together without the aid of a console or iPad in their hands.



Towards the end of the holiday, we heard about a festival going on in a nearby town, so we packed up the van and headed over to Viana Do Castelo and witness their amazing Feasts of Nossa Senhora da Agonia.


The Feast of Senhora da Agonia is probably the most famous pilgrimage in the region.
 It is celebrated over the weekend after 15 August (day of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin), and usually includes ethnographic parades, processions on land and processions on the River Lima with decorated boats. The streets along which the religious procession passes carrying the image of the Virgin are decorated with carpets of flowers.

The cult devoted to Senhora da Agonia dates back to the 18th century. It is associated with the devotion of the people engaged in fishing, who gave thanks or celebrated the graces received in times of trouble during storms and shipwrecks.






We all loved the drumming and the boys loved watching the groups dance around the square.
The drumming was so loud we could hear it even when we were down by the river.
It was an amazing day out and one I'm sure the boys won't forget any time soon.






The boys spent two weeks perfecting their dive bombs and learning to swim in the sea, eating fancy fish meals that my brother who is a trained chef lovingly cooked up for them.
They learned little snippets of Portuguese which Rupert loved showing off to the locals.
They spent two weeks with their cousins who they hardly see since we moved away from London.
We had midnight parties where they all showed off their very amusing dance skills.

We left our normal day to day routine back at home and the boys took a while to adjust but it was lovely to be stress-free and soaking up the sun rays whilst the boys all had a blast just being kids!




I definitely feel villa holidays are for us, as we just wouldn't even fit into one hotel room.
I feel there's more freedom with a villa holiday.


Do you prefer a Villa holiday or are you an all-inclusive holidayer?

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Why San Diego Is One Of The Best Family Spots In The US

When you’re a parent, your priorities when looking for a holiday make a huge change. 
If you’ve always wanted to go to the US, then there are some spots that might get crossed off your list because they’re not kid-friendly locations
But if you’re still dying to get over, there might be one city that has it all for you: San Diego. So, why do you want to go there and what will you do there?

Getting there
The US takes its travel very seriously. Tourism is a big part of their economy, but being caught without the right travel documentation can land you in a lot of hot water. 
When you visit, make sure you look at the advice from official-esta.com to ensure that everyone in your family is authorized to be there. 
Then carry your travel documentation with you at all times when out and about. The application process for an ESTA can be done online and only takes a few days to process, so it’s not a huge hurdle.
The perfect climate
One of the reasons that so many visit San Diego is that it seems to hit a sweet spot that very few other areas in the US do. 
From Spring to Autumn, the average temperatures tend to stay in the golden range of 19-20 degrees Celsius. 
So, when you’re deciding what to pack, most of the time you need to make sure that you have swimsuits, sunscreen, and light clothes. 
If you prefer things a little milder, the weather cools down a great deal in May. But the locals don’t like that too much so it might not be your opportunity to see the city at its most active.

Lots to do
Kids don’t tend to want to see the same things as adults on a vacation. 
The best thing about seeing San Diego as a family is the range of all-inclusive spots to stop at as shown by parents.com
Balboa Park is a zoo with a legendary reputation with pandas, koalas, and lots of lovely additions like lily ponds and palm trees.
It’s not too far from Legoland in Carlsbad, either. You might even get them to learn something. The Children’s Museum has a lot of interactive displays to keep their interest while most kids will definitely want to get on the ships of the Maritime Museum.
Have an adventure
If your family is a bit on the wild side, then the sheer natural beauty surrounding the city might be where you want to spend all your time. 
There’s a wide range of camping spots to choose from, too. 
The Santee Lakes can be perfect for those who want someone to fish, swim, and relax on a boat.
If you’re a family of beach-lovers, then Campland on the Bay offers a great view of the ocean, a short trip to the downtown area and even the occasional firework display.

The weather of San Diego is hard to beat, the natural beauty is astounding and there’s always something to do that will ensure no-one in the family is bored. 
Doesn’t that sound like the perfect family vacation spot to you?

*Collaborative Post