So we went on another holiday, this time to Portugal. Back in spring friends offered to to house-sit during their kids´autumn break (thank you!!) and since they even felt comfortable taking care of Ludwig - which is no small task - we jumped on the chance and booked flights. And I am so glad we did, this time away was exactly what we needed.
We didn´t really expect a proper summer holiday but we got super lucky with the weather - it was warm enough to spend time on the beach and even swim in the sea! I was so very happy which is probably evident in the picture.
The area where we stayed - Albuefeira - is truly gorgeous. Lovely beaches, cristal clear water and even somewhat green landscapes. I can imagine it gets very touristy during peak season but it was just right in October; sometimes we had the beach literally for ourselves but restaurants etc. were still open.
Our last day was cloudy and coolish so we took a tour of the mountainy backcountry.
We stopped at this place where they grew eucalyptus trees on the one side and cork trees on the other. It was so pretty and smelled heavenly.
We couldn´t get over the bright green of the young cork trees!
At one point I catched a glimpse of a little bush with yellowish fruit by the road and told my husband to turn around stat... because yes indeed, quinces! I´d never seen them growing wild anywhere. I took three of them home as a souvenir. It´s not like I don´t have a quince tree in my garden, but, you know. Never enough quinces.
Back at the coast we came across some kind of fruit farm - also unlike anything I´ve ever seen. They had acres of oranges, sadly still green (I would love to do a photo session in here when the oranges are ripe). Also, pomegranates!
Aaand, quinces! A whole field of quinces! At this point I was basically jumping up and down with joy. Don´t you worry, I didn´t take any, I was just so happy that something like this exists. Paradise!
Bonus picture, because I like that tree growing out of that house so much (seriously though, how is that possible?). Anyway, such a good trip. But also happy to be reunited with my home and ready for autumn!