Yosemite and Death Valley

Some pictures I never got round to uploading from this 2016 trip. I particularly loved Yosemite, and meeting a family of deer right outside our cabin (no photos of them, I’m afraid!) On the journey from Yosemite to Palm Springs we drove through Death Valley (yes, it was very hot. And beautiful, with rocks the … Continue reading

Vila Nova de Milfontes

Back in September, I went on a little last-minute adventure to Vila Nova de Milfontes. The weather was warm and there were still a few tourists around but it was very peaceful. I stayed at Blue Guide guest house which was a little hard to find as there is no sign on the door and … Continue reading

Shopfronts of Lisbon

San Francisco

I went to San Francisco in September – somewhere I had always wanted to visit. I especially loved North Beach, Chinatown, The Castro and The Haight. There were plenty more places I didn’t make it to but at least I had a couple of friends living in the area and others who had recently visited … Continue reading

Pacific Coast

The Pacific Coast of California is incredibly beautiful. I went there on a recent road trip and met various animals, friendly people and saw plenty of dramatic scenery. We stayed at Big Sur River Inn, which I highly recommend. Lovely cabins (though apparently the cheaper ones for lots of people are not so nice) and … Continue reading

Griffith Observatory

Scenes from a recent trip to LA. I had always wanted to go to the Griffith Observatory ever since seeing Rebel Without a Cause. It’s in a beautiful park with a great view of the city (despite the smog!) I also enjoyed the mini museum with info about eclipses etc.

Santiago do Cacém

  I recently went to Alentejo for the wedding of two lovely friends. It was great – there were plenty of friendly people (and dogs!) The atmosphere was fun and relaxed and there was even a pub quiz after dinner. We stayed in nearby¬†Santiago do Cac√©m, a lovely, sleepy little town with a castle on … Continue reading

Streets of Lisbon

Just a few photos from some wanders round Lisbon this year.

Buildings of Portim√£o

Before the year totally disappears, I should post these photos of beautiful Portimão from the beginning of September. Some may be rundown, but they combine to make up the magical character of the place.

Three days in Portim√£o

At the end of August/beginning of September my friend Ashley and I took a little trip to Portim√£o in the Algarve. We’d worked all through the summer after the academic year had ended so we were definitely ready for a break. We both had plans to travel further afield in September but decided to kick … Continue reading