It’s been two years since Louise and Ben Taylor made their dream of moving from London to the Algarve a reality. Time enough to give proper consideration to whether or not it was a wise move, and to write a book which tells their story and may help other potentialRead More →

A friend recently visited me here in Portugal and when I asked her what she liked about the country, I wasn’t surprised when she said, “I feel safe here.” I do too. I feel free to explore and enjoy and that’s not something I take for granted. Let me giveRead More →

kitchen renovation

No, not witty or inspirational things that other people have said. When I say quotes, I mean estimated costs. One of the things I find frustrating about living in Portugal is how difficult it is to get quotes for work that needs doing. To my way of thinking, it’s inRead More →

Kissing rocks, Baleal beach in Portugal

Who exactly should you kiss in Portugal? When should you kiss them? I don’t mean full on romantic smooches, which are obviously reserved for very special people. I’m talking about the friendly greeting kisses, one on each side of the face. Although it’s an integral part of life here, I’mRead More →

delicate yellow mimosa flowers

It’s coming up to Mimosa time in Portugal so I’ve skipped a few letters in my Personal A to Z of Portugal to get to M is for Mimosa. Find out more about why these trees are so pretty but such a pest in Portugal.Read More →