To add to our usual homesickness, we are over half way through the Summer season in this corner of the world , and the sun has scarcely made itself known. A visit home was thus of great need. We visited the Algarve and were greeted late at night with loving familiar faces, warm hugs, a welcoming 30 degrees and the lovely smell of rock-rose that is so typical of the Algarve.
Our days were filled with joy and laughter (and as evident above, all the usual child shenanigans). Which reminds me of a statement I read in a book by the great Portuguese Paediatrician, Mario Cordeiro:
"Tantrums should be a constitutional right".
And so they are, and we try to make little of them :)
We made the most of every hour of every day, the children played, napped and ate on these sandy beaches, never returning home before 8pm.
For the whole of our stay, they wore little else than their bathing suits. They explored the wonderful gardens of the resort until bathing time at which point they collapsed asleep. The nights were just as warm and pleasant as the days, resonating with the melodic sound of the cicadas which lulled us to sleep.
A perfect mini break for the whole family which has left us feeling refreshed and energized!
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