It’s a bit mind boggling for us but here we are, back in Portugal, this time for a period of six entire months!! We thought about it long and hard and determined that if we truly wanted to avoid any Canadian winter weather it only made sense for us to exit mid November, which meant being away from friends and family during the Christmas season, and obviously staying as long as the country would allow us………three months in the EU followed by a three month visa from Portugal. which you cannot apply for in advance, you make application here once you hit the first 90 day mark. Our friend, Gwen McCauley did it last year and it really is only a paper exercise, which fortunately she can guide us though.
And so, armed with knowledge and a love of Portugal, we made our plans and on Sunday, November 20th, we boarded Air Transat and as we sat on the tarmac we looked out the window and large fluffy snowflakes started to fall!!!! Winter waving goodbye!
This trip we have decided to stay in two different location, both still within the Algarve. From arrival till March 31st we have taken a lovely apartment, Quinta Pè da Cruz, in the village of Estoi, which has a population of just under 4000 . It’s roughly 15 kms from our previous yearly accommodations, which we will return to on April 1st until May 21st, at which point we return to Canada.
And so, we have arrived, we are busy getting settled in our new “home away from home” yet at the same time, feel as if we have been here forever as we know people, we have many friends coming and going this year, some staying with us, some have rented their own places nearby. Exciting times ahead.
I don’t know how often I will be blogging. I do know that Marc will be contributing frequently “en français”, for which I am delighted. And so with that in mind, follow along if you like. In the meantime, here are a few photos from our first 24 hours here.
As always, colour abounds and Mother Nature never fails to please.
And how wonderful that we get to sit outside and enjoy a delightful meal, the sun warming us to the bone….happy despite a tiny bit of jet lag.