Portugal Day 2 (Lagos)

Hey guys!

Sorry I’m so behind with all this. It was a lot easier on our last trip because we basically vegged out on a beach the entire time. There were a lot more sights to see this time around, so it’s a bit harder to stay on track! Bare with me 🙂

Our first stop was in Sagres at a lighthouse called Vila do Bispo, which translates into “the Bishop’s Village.” I can’t add anything to that other than tell you that’s what google translate told me.

Second stop was Fortaleza de Sagres, the Fortress of Sagres. I would highly recommended paying the few euros it cost to get in because the sights within the fortress were a large testament to the “Age of Discoveries” that the Portuguese participated in. It was the headquarters of Prince Henry the Navigator. This marked the expansion of European culture between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Last, but certainly not least, we headed into the city of Lagos for some lunch in the town center. I won’t lie, the food in Portugal is not my favorite, but everyone is different. I’ll go into that in a later post. Afterwards, we got on a small skipper boat and toured through the Ponta De Piedade, which is a MUST SEE if you are going to head to the Algarves. You need to get a smaller boat because they can actually navigate within the caves! It’s unbelievable. I felt like I was in a mermaids grotto.

Anyways, until the next winded blog post, that is hopefully a lot less historical because let’s be honest, we all hated world history!

Tay

Portugal Day 1

 

Finally we made it to Albufeira, Portugal!! We have arrived here in the Algarve, the southern coast of Portugal. If you look at a map, we are nearly touching Morocco. I guess Portugal has always been swallowed up by the grandeur of Spain, even in the world map of my head.

This morning we had a lovely buffet breakfast. The orange groves in the Algarve are magnificent, which leads to incredible orange juice.

As a family of die hard bachelor nation fans, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to scope out the infamous fence Colton Underwood jumped during his spoiled fantasy suite date with Cassie. Well… after many reddit searches… we found it. So, thanks internet for your sleuthing skills.

In the early afternoon we made our way, via car to spend a beach day in Cacela-A-Velha, which has a pretty magnificent history, as well as picturesque lagoons. I have attached photos below the paragraph. 

Cacela-A-Velha was once a Medieval necropolis of the Christian settlers of the Algarve, after the conquest of King Afonso III. Prior to that, it functioned as a Medieval Islamic quarter of the ancient Quastalla Darrag (12th century to beginning of 13th century). 

Here are the photos!

 

In the late afternoon we headed to Olhão, a small little port city with cute little shops and cafes. I will say, the Portuguese strictly observe a siesta from 3 pm-6pm. The entire city shut down, but it was almost as if we had the entire place to explore on our own! Here are some photos! I’m not sure what the function of the umbrellas are, but they made for some beautiful photographs.

All in all, we are extremely sunburned, but our first day was amazing!

Talk to you guys tomorrow,

Tay 💕

 

Easy Sundays

Hi guys,

As you know I live in the amazing city of San Francisco, CA. From the diverse people and food, to the history engulfing every inch of the city, it’s easy to say I LOVE WHERE I LIVE.

Sunday’s in our house are used for meal prepping as well as errand running and taking it easy. Our day ALWAYS starts off at Equinox- our gym. From there we get any errands out of the way and this week we made a couple must see stops around North Beach (aka Little Italy)

We enjoy the way Europeans live, with a slower pace in their life. We stopped at Cafe Trieste, in the heart of Little Italy for an afternoon coffee. We just sat and talked… no technology. And we didn’t drink the coffee to just drink it. We enjoyed each other’s company, and that is something that I think many relationships lack. Everyone gets so caught up in the moment that they forget why we all fell in love in the first place.

We also took a detour to Candlelight Books. One of my favorite books is Inferno by Dante and at the entrance to the store they have a quote that says, “Abandon all despair, Ye who enter here” which I thought to be quite charming especially if you are familiar with the actual quote from Inferno.

If you make your Sunday’s fun instead of dreading Monday, life gets a lot more interesting. Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about meal preppy- I know super adulty.

Wishing you all happiness,

Tay

Airport Travel

Flying out of LAX is quite the process. We had an issue with my sister’s luggage being over weight but we were oddly prepared for that. Now we are just waiting to board our flight to JFK!

I am a really nervous and anxious flyer. I don’t like sitting in one confined space for too long. So I thought I would pass along some tips for long trips.

  • Pack face cleansing towelettes. I know this may seem weird, but to me, having a clean face makes me feel like the rest of my body is clean and I can get that stale airplane feeling off my face
  • For all you ladies out there, and let’s not be ashamed to talk about it, bring Summer’s Eve cleansing travel towelettes. Sitting in tight clothing for a long period of time can cause UTI’s and yeast infections, which is the last thing you want when you are traveling or about to go on vacation.
  • Wear loose clothing. I know it’s tempting to throw on a pair of lulu lemon leggings, but joggers or sweats that have a little more breathing room will be a lot more comfy in the long run.
  • For those of you who enjoy Spotify, create a playlist of songs you’ll like to listen to on the plane! Make sure to download them on WiFi to your phone so you can listen to them on the plane!
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You honestly can’t drink enough water, and don’t be ashamed about having to climb over people. Being dehydrated will make jet lag worse!
  • Try to prevent your feet from getting swollen by taking a baby aspirin before your flight. I know compression socks are dorky, but if you swell up, I would recommend them because having swollen feet and ankles is not comfortable.
  • Walking around is another way to prevent the build up of fluid in your lower extremities.
  • Bring a change of clothing in your carry on so you can readjust to the weather once you arrive at your destination. There is nothing worse than having to go through customs either freezing cold or sweating buckets.
  • Wear flip flops or sliders and bring socks. Trust me, it’s easier for everyone. It makes going through security easier, and getting up from your seat to use the bathroom easier as well. Plus, no one has to smell your sweaty airplane feet.
  • Bring a good book, a comfy pillow, or a movie to keep you busy. I know I get ants in my pants when I’m on long flights, so it’s important to occupy yourself and make the time go by faster.
  • Happy travels,
  • Tay