SUSTAINABLE, ‘ECO’ FRIENDLY LIVING, WITH BADLY BEHAVED GUESTS?

We’ve got some new guests with us at the moment. They were invited on the basis that they would contribute to the Quinta, either by providing food or by working on the land. We spent a considerable time preparing the accommodation for their arrival, which also involved some expense, which …

RIPPING YARNS OF PUBLIC & Consumer Service PORTUGUESE Style

In our early days in the Algarve, along with friends, we visited the Piri Piri*, a typically Portuguese restaurant in Quarteira. We mistakenly thought it was a comedy club cum restaurant, firstly by the words over the door, mentioning ‘comida tradicional’** and then by the laughable service from the waiters. …

Splendour, spikes surprises & sundance

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.“ Random, irrelevant quote from Aldous Huxley, who was possibly high at the time, due to LSD. Read on for evidence… What a lovely surprise I got the other day. Well, two surprises actually. Firstly, while out doing some early morning perusing in the garden, I was delighted to discover that one of my Cactii. what I believe is a Echinopsis Spachianus (otherwise known as a Golden Torch Cactus), was in …

MONSARAZ

Monsaraz isa hill top village, some 200km east of Lisbon, near the border with Spain. We visited on our way back from the UK in our campervan. Monsaraz is a delightful place which attracts many tourists. Monsaraz is just 150km away from Merida in Spain, the largest Roman settlement on …

Sintra

Sintra is a place that is well worth a visit when you are in or near Lisbon. Situated about 30km from Lisbon it’s a delightful town situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. But be warned, if you are going with a caravan, the advice is, don’t! We …