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  • That Lisbon tram photo. I suppose one can’t visit Lisbon without wandering through Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo and snapping one or ten photos of the trams that goes up and down this street.⠀
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Graffiti... I have a love and hate relationship with them. While I adore the art, and in this instance the colours, I have a negative feelings towards vandalism. I was raised to respect other’s belongings and to me, since many graffiti are on things that are not the artist’s and with no permission, it rubs my values the wrong way. I do admire the art though. Aaah, a hard one!⠀
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The teen is upstairs editing a video, the little is 🚲🚲 with dad, and I am cooking dinner. Chicken jalfrezi on the menu.⠀
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What’s your next meal looking like?
  • A charming alley in São Martinho, Sintra area. It’s always nice to see kids reading.

Do you know that you can easily get to Sintra from Lisbon by using the train that leaves from either Lisboa Rossio or Lisboa Oriente station? Cost wise, €2.25 one way.

I love visiting cities with awesome public transport and gorgeous l, easy to get to by public transport, day trips.
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I started working out again and I am hurting everywhere. I have a month to lose a few inches and kilograms.⠀
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I have come to an honest conclusion that I don’t work out for health purposes. I workout for 💯 vanity reasons. I want to one day work out to stay healthy but right now, the way I exercise and for the first time, diet, it’s all so I can look somewhat adorable in a swimming suit this summer and not needing to go up a clothes size cause I eat so much 🙈😂⠀
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Do you exercise? If yes, for what reason and do you enjoy it? I have never really enjoyed working out. Even when I was doing it everyday for years. I can’t seem find the thing to change my mindset on this issue.⠀
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Have a great one!⠀
  • Porto cafe vibe. Adore the colours of this city!! Next to the river. Chilling and chatting with friends while watching the world go by. A few doors down is a yummy gelato shop. ⠀
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When on a popular touristy strip lined with cafes and restaurants, one needs to look at reviews to make sure the place is not a tourist trap. Bacchus Vini though is a good one for drinks and tapas.
  • Another one from Portugal...⠀
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After my last post, I realised that I haven’t posted many of my Portugal photos. I got busy with life after that trip and then off to Italy I went.
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Porto... it seems like I have been dragging the rain and clouds on most of my traveling this year. I really was hoping to capture a fab sunset (I am a bit too lazy for sunrise when on holiday 😂) but nope! So instead I have this. Still pretty though.
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The city that will guarantee 🦵🦵 of steel - PS, I have always wanted to use that🦵emoji on a post 😂😂! Our apartment was mid-way up that hill and we walked everywhere.⠀
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Usually I am not a fan of hop-on-hop-off buses but for Porto, I did consider due to the hilly terrain and Jovie’s short legs. But, our apartment was so central on Rua das Flores that we opted to walk instead. A few times I left the kids in the apartment. The perk of living with an older teen! 
If you ever visit Porto and considering the HOHO bus, you can get the bus, boat cruise to see the six bridges, and a port wine tour for about €26/pp. The ticket is good for up to 48hrs so you don’t have to do everything in one day.

You can Google for a company and buy the tickets online. It’s cheaper than buying ala cart (cruise by itself is €15). ⠀
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I have plans on doing a blog post for each of my latest trips but I haven’t made the time yet. Hopefully soon!⠀
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Take care!
  • This kind, funny, joyful, and beautiful child turned 10 today. I am so lucky to be her mom! She can be a handful but she can also bring so much joy. 🧁 and 🚲 was what she wanted for her special day and those two she got. Oh, and a sleeping mask. Ideally a pug one. She lost hers in Portugal, most likely the day after this photo was taken 😬
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I now have two double digit kids. How time flies!! I sure hope the next decade will not go by so fast!
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Take care and cherish each moment 😘
  • More of Locorotondo. Can you see why this town was my favourite of all the ones we visited in Puglia (we also visited Bari, Polignano A Mare, Ostuni, Alberobello, Lecce and Brindisi)? It’s very much my cup of tea! Flowers, alleys, door and windows. ⠀
It’s finally hot here in Germany!! Currently 28C/84F!! HOT!⠀
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Most houses in Germany, also the UK, have no AC. If you do have one, it’ll be portable and maybe used a few times a year. So far we’ve managed sans AC but there were a few days during our nine years in Europe that I was close to buying one. The only reason I didn’t was because it was sold out everywhere. EVERYWHERE!

Most homes here don’t need an AC because the heat doesn’t come by often enough to justify for one. Also, the walls are so thick! So thick that one needs a drill to hang anything up. Another thing too is that most German homes have rolladens. They’re aluminium (I think), rolling shutters. When completely down, the room can be in complete darkness (awesome if you are a night shift kind of person) So, in the day time when the sun gets a bit unbearable, about 10am, rolladens down. In the evening, they go up and windows open. 
For another year I am going to avoid buying a portable AC. But this year isn’t a tough one. We’ll be in Bali and Singapore for some of it and booked lodging with AC 🙈
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Stay cool, all ✌🏼⠀⠀
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  • When your entrance way and patio look like this. Want? Me: 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️
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Why I loved Locorotondo. It was one of the most quiet and picturesque towns that Ellie and I visited in Puglia. My favourite! More so than Ostuni.⠀
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This week has gone by fairly quickly for me. Almost Friday!! Crazy!⠀
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Once June hits, we’ll be so busy that before we know it, September will be here once more. Eeeek! ⠀
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We have a lot of travel plans this summer and I will for sure be asking you all for tips and recommendations when it’s closer to time!⠀ ⠀
  • Between the Bari and Lecce train line are many beautiful stops. One being Polignano A Mare.⠀
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I captured this photo en-route to our apartment. I was cold and somewhat wet due to the rain but saw some people looking out and snapping photos. So I looked and saw this. I snapped less than a handful of pics and left.⠀
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I really dislike being cold and wet.⠀
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Below is that cave restaurant. I heard you can spend at least €150/pp here. How good? Not sure. The reviews are all over the place. Have you been? Like?⠀
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Just returned from Belgium and The Netherlands. A lovely weekend quick trip and we even met a prince! More later!⠀
  • The @dy_ellie story...⠀
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My husband has never met Ellie. As far as he’s concerned, Ellie could just be my imaginary friend or, some dude 😜⠀
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Jovie and Emma have met Ellie but Jovie forgot already what Ellie looks like, or that she’s ever met. When I showed J a photo of Ellie, coincidently J was sitting next to hubby then, I asked if she remembers Ellie. The answer was a solid, “nope!” I looked at hubby and he just rolled his eyes while mouthing: imaginary 😂😂⠀
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But between you all and me, we all know that Ellie is real and that she’s no dude, right?⠀
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A trullo (trulli, plural), is a traditional Puglia dry stone hut with a cone shaped roof. While you can see trulli homes scattered all over the area, in Alberobello you can see a whole neighbourhood full of them. Since 1996, this area has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. A must see due to the uniqueness but do expect groups of tourists.⠀
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More photos to come! I promise!! I have way too many to not share 🙈⠀

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