December 31, 2010

Happy New Year From Portugal

As hard as it is to believe, 2011 has arrived.  Well here in Portugal that is.  We had an awesome view of the fireworks from the home we are staying in for our home exchange.

I wish you all a very healthy and Happy New Year!!!!!!!

December 30, 2010

The First of Many Great Days Ahead

Happy that the rain stopped today, we jumped in the car and headed to the beach, Praia Grande!

This is a great spot in Ferragudo with three restaurants right on the beach.  Every Tuesday night there is live music at this beach bar.  Bet you figured out where we're going on Tuesday!

My favorite is still the 17th century fort, Sao Joao de Arade which sits between Ferragudo's two beaches, Praia Grande and Praia da Angrinha. 

There are great views from here looking towards the bigger touristy city of Portimão

There is also some very beautiful and interesting plants along this stretch of beach

I don't think this boat is going anywhere for awhile

The wind conditions were apparently perfect today for some kite surfing

All this fresh sea air has made us a bit hungry, so we headed back into town for some lunch

There are several great little places in Ferragudo to eat and we discovered a new favorite today!  We had driven past "Barnard's several times when we were here last February, but never managed to stop in for a meal.  So today we did!

We were greeted by the owner, Geraldine, with a very warm and friendly welcome as she led us to our table. 

You won't find a lengthy menu here for lunch.  Just take a look at the chalk board and decide which of the two options you would like today.

The menu is small and informal, with an unhurried service and good prices.  Stijn ordered the pasta with chicken and chorizo while I choose the calf liver with onions.  I need more iron!

For dessert, I chose the Christmas pudding with custard and a nice hot cup of Galao.

Oh, I'm afriad those pounds are going to creep back up on me!

If you would like to see the rest of my pictures of today just click "Where's Debbie" and then click on the album "The First of Many Great Days Ahead"

December 29, 2010

Enjoying Life to its Fullest!

I'm sure you have been trying to figure out exactly where the heck I am! 

Well let me apologize for such sporatic posts, and jumping from one story about my travels to another.  If you have been following this blog you know that back in October I left you with stories about my trip to Portugal that I took back in February 2010.  But then I started writing about my trip to Tennessee, and left you wondering about the rest of my days is Portugal. 

Well for the sake of keeping you completely confused, I'll stop here.  There have been a few more trips that I haven't even mentioned, like our Boston trip in November and our Paris getaway just last week.

You've read a couple of stories recently since my arrival back to Belgium, which by the way was on December 3rd.  But here I am now, back in Portugal.  Stijn and I arrived yesterday (Dec 28th) in Ferragudo Portugal, almost one year after our first trip here back in February 2010!

We celebrated our return by enjoying a nice dinner at O Velho Novo, the first restaurant we ate at in February.

Stijn remembered the great meal he had back then, and ordered it again last night.

We will be here for the month of January on what is our part of a home exchange.  What I hope to accomplish while we're here, beside sightseeing, is to catch up on the stories of our travels.

So I hope you don't mind or get confused as to where we are as I begin to attempt to write about where we've been, what we've done and what we've seen during the past several months!

December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas from Belgium

I thought it would be fun to take pictures of the Christmas trees I've seen since arriving in Europe on December 3.  I hope you enjoy these shots and maybe you can tell me which one is your favorite?

This picture was taken after Stijn's mother and I finished decorating her tree.

The rest are just random pictures I took......

Den Artiest restaurant in Geluwe Belgium

Thon Hotel lobby in Brussels
The streets of Brussels

In Starbucks at the train station in Antwerp

Wood trees on the streets of Antwerp
A.S. Adventure sport store in Antwerp

Grand Place in Antwerp

The Garden of Eden restaurant in Antwerp

Cathedral of Norte Dame Paris

Christmas Market Lille France

I hope you have enjoyed these pictures.....I sure enjoyed taking them.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to everyone!!!

Watery Wednesday - Merry Christmas Fiji Style

Even the very small Bounty Island was in the Christmas spirit when I visited there in December 2006!

I just love how the water transitions from perfectly clear to sapphire blue.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my blogging friends from around the World!

See more Watery pictures taken by some awesome photographers by clicking HERE

December 20, 2010

Marche de Noel in Lille France

Saturday my friend, Birgit and I headed to Lille France for the day to explore and enjoy the Christmas Market (Marche de Noel). To read more about this great Christmas Market, click HERE

We took the train from Kortrijk Belgium for the 30 minute journey into France!  I just love the idea of being so close to so many countries here in Europe!  "Oh, I think I'll go to France today!"   Why Not???!!!

It was a perfect wintery day, with a festive chill in the air and fresh snow atop the more then 80 wooden chalets that lined Place Rihour in the centre of town.

 The chalets were decorated so cute with lights, gingerbread men and several Christmas scenes.

I, of course must have and eat immediately, a beignet!

Now we did take some time out to have a real meal.  This sign made it easy to decide what I wanted for lunch!

A nice pot of mussels cooked in white wine!

We enjoyed walking around and taking in this beautiful city.

But the views from the ferris wheel were spectacular!

I was loving the views......

....while Birgit was holding on for dear life!

Time to warm up with some Vin Chaud and enjoy the view.

I have entirely way to many pictures to show you for this post.  But here are a few of my favorites!

Ok, I'll stop.....but if you would like to see more pictures just click this "Where's Debbie" and then on the album "Marche de Noel"

It was a fantastic day!  But it's time to call it a day and head back to the train station.

Happy Holidays!
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