Portugal 2019, part 3: Obidos!

The beautiful village of Obidos which is surrounded by a medieval wall was “THE” place for my husband and I. We enjoyed Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley etc…but Obidos was for us the best of our roadrip. It is not as crowded as Lisbon and it is just full of charm! You can enjoy the slow pace, the narrow streets, cosy shops and the people are just very nice!

Le magnifique petit village d’Obidos, complètement entouré d’une muraille médiévale fut “LE” point fort de notre voyage. Nous avons bien entendu apprécié Lisbonne, Porto, la vallée du Douro, etc…mais Obidos restera numéro 1 dans nos coeurs. Ce n’est pas aussi touristique que Lisbonne mais quel charme! Vous pouvez profiter du rythme tranquille, des petites ruelles, de boutiques locales et les habitants y sont d’une gentillesse incroyable! 

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Visiting the village in the evening with all the lights was very charming!                      Visiter le village en soirée avec toutes ces belles lumières est à faire! 

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From the village you can see the church that is worth visiting….
Depuis le village on aperçoit au loin l’église de Santa Maria qui vaut une petite visite…

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I loved our little hotel called “Casa de Relogio” which is so authentic, charming, well-located and the owner is very nice. She prepared and served breakfast every morning with a big smile on her face. I will definitely come back to this place!

J’ai adoré notre petit hôtel “Casa de Relogio”, très authentique, charmant et très bien situé. La propriétaire était charmante et nous préparait le petit-déjeuner tous les matins avec un grand sourire. Si je devenais revenir à Obidos, je choisirai sans aucune hésitation ce petit hôtel!

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We enjoyed the terrace and the view while drinking a little glas of wine!
Nous avons profité de la terrasse et de la vue qu’elle offre, un verre de vin blanc à la main!

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Next to the hotel was this restaurant called “Ja!mon Ja!mon” and we went there twice. The food was excellent and service was perfect! I had to try the octopus!

A côté de l’hôtel il y avait ce restaurant appelé “Ja!mon Ja!mon” et nous y sommes allés deux soirs de suite. La nourriture était excellente et le service parfait! Je me devais de goûter le poulpe et je n’ai pas regretté! 

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Thank you very much Obidos! We will remember you!
Merci beaucoup Obidos! On se souviendra de toi! 

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Les vacances

Summer holidays are unfortunately already over for me but this year they have really been marked by strong events such as my niece’s wedding, my parents moving to an old but beautifully renovated farmhouse, in a beautiful area…but also by….
Les vacances sont malheureusement déjà terminées mais cette année elles ont vraiment été marquées d’évènements forts tels que le mariage de ma nièce, le déménagement de mes parents dans une ancienne ferme magnifiquement rénovée, en pleine nature…mais aussi par…

Relaxing moments in the nature…
Des moments de détente au milieu de la nature…

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Beautiful villages to discover….
La découverte de quelques superbes villages….

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Many “siestas”
Des moments de siestes fort appréciés à l’abri de la chaleur…

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Swimming in a beautiful area called “Les Gorges de l’Ardèche”
Des baignades dans les gorges de l’Ardèche….

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Evening walks with my family
Des promenades en famille….

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Morning meditation…
Méditation du matin….

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Blue & White in Frigiliana

At the beginning of June I spent a week in Spain, in Andalusia precisely and I visited a very charming village called Frigiliana. It is located in the area of Malaga, next to the city of Nerja known for its caves and it is one of the most beautiful village in Spain called “a pueblo blanco”, a “white village” because all houses are white!
Please follow me through the narrow streets of the village….

Début juin, j’ai passé une semaine de vacances en Espagne et plus précisément en Andalousie et j’ai visité le village Frigiliana. Il est situé dans la province de Malaga, pas très loin de Nerja, connue pour ses grottes et il est renommé pour être l’un des plus beaux villages d’Espagne. Il fait parti des “villages blancs” (pueblo blanco) car pratiquement toutes les maisons sont blanches!
Je vous emmène faire un tour dans les petites ruelles très étroites du village…

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Jambo!

Jambo! Jambo! (“hello” in swahili) ….
At the end of January I went for the first time in my life to Africa. Why Kenya? Well well well…. it all started by the desire to visit a place I’ve never been before…to enjoy sun, warmth and beautiful beaches…to avoid jetlag…to stay in small bungalows rather than big ugly hotels…to lay on the beach without being to close to people…. so Kenya was the winner!
The kenyan coast is beautiful and offered me all I wanted: sun, warmth, majestic Diani beach, white sand, peace and quietness, relaxation, farniente, ….
But what I did not expect from Kenya was the impact of the rough African savannah. Going on a Safari was not planned and was a spontaneous decision while being down there. But what an experience! Nature invaded me totally.
It is fun to drive through the savannah being alert all the time hoping to see as many animals as possible.
It is wonderful to see animals being totally free in their natural element.
It is humbling to experience that the savannah is not your territory, you are not mastering the place, you get the right to come in but you have to respect the rules. The One who created all of that is bigger than you.
It is fantastic to fall asleep with the sound of elephants rather than the sound of cars horning, crowd noise, people yelling on the phone, tv, etc….
In the savannah you forget the stress of the city and you embrace nature! It is so resourcing and relaxing! I still have pictures in my mind of this beautiful experience! I love nature and I need nature! Here below are 16 details of my vacations! I hope you will enjoy….

  1. The hotel’s reception

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2. Bungalows

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3. Monkeys running around

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4. Perfect spot

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5. The sound of palms

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6. Coconut directly from the tree

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7. Cocktails

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8. Simple fishermen boats

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9. Majestic beach

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10. The pool

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11. Early mornings

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12. Late evenings

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13. Our lodge

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14. The view at lunch time

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15. The surroundings at breakfast time

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15. The savannah

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16. The savannah’s inhabitants

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Thank you Kenya!

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