Portugal

18 Jun

Three weeks ago we were getting ready for a little family beach vacation.  It was a holiday here so daddy was off from work and we had him all to ourselves for 5 straight days – amazing!  We wanted to visit some place different and we went with the Algarve coast in Portugal, and it didn’t disappoint!

We left early Thursday morning (the 29th of May) and headed to Geneva.  Because it was a last minute trip, all the nonstop flights were booked so had to connect through Belgium.  It all worked out perfectly and we were pool side that afternoon.  Little Henry was so ready for the pool that he helped me unpack our bag as soon as we were in our villa, and he was all suited up waiting by the door in no time!

The location we picked (the Pine Cliffs Resort; it’s part of Sheraton) was fantastic.  It’s made for families from the service at the restaurants to the rooms to the kids club.  We rented a 3 bedroom villa with a full kitchen and it was definitely worth it.  We ate out as a family 1 night (our first night) and then the remainder of the trip I would just make this kids and the nanny dinner and Henry and I had date night once Anna and/or the boys were in bed.  It was heavenly really…and much needed.  We ate some of the best food we’ve ever experienced on that trip.

Every other day was pretty much the same in that we would wake up, make breakfast and coffee in the villa and then head to the beach as early as 8:30am.  Yes we got to the beach early, but we got the best seats, it was already hot and by 1:00pm the boys were ready to head back to the room for naps.  We woke everyone from naps at 4pm and then spent our afternoons by the pool.

It was one of our best (family) vacations to date, the boys just couldn’t get enough of the beach and pool and were with constant smiles on their faces!  The flights were even enjoyable; I’m sure it helped having the 1 adult to 1 child ratio!

Now a better way to document this trip, with many photos!

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Ready Mom

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T’s tent

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Our walk to the beach

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They love their daddy

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Approaching nap time

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They held hands every day on the walk back from the beach ( and yes Henry wore that life jacket all day every day)

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Water guns + Thomas = InLove

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T taking mommy for a ride

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Henry in the big pool with daddy (and his alligator!)

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Dipping Anna’s toes in the water

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Not a day goes by that Henry doesn’t ask if we can go back to Portugal.  We met so many great families there.  Family vacation; Success!

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