June 6, 2011


As I write this I am T-minus twohours from leaving my home and flying to Portugal for a mini-vacation with my husband.  We never went away on a babymoon before having our son, so this is not only our first vacation away from HIM, but our first vacation alone together in waaaaaaay too long of a time!

When we booked our trip, all I could think of was getting someplace warm.  It has been no secret that this spring in Massachusetts has been anything but warm; even last week it was 50 degrees and misty out.  Bleh.  It has since warmed up to the point of it seeming to be ridiculous to leave one warm locale to go to another.  But regardless of the weather, just a change of atmosphere promises to be invigorating and inspiring.

I am really looking forward to the Mediterranean architecture of Lisbon; with all of the buildings tightly balanced on hills…


…quaint, old-world alley ways with secrets in every nook and cranny…


…festive outdoor markets with bold, bright signs and hearty, sun-drenched plants…

(found via SunSurfer; originally sourced from Coastal Living)

…brightly colored storefronts…


…and house fronts!…

(found via VisualInsights; originally from PedroSimoes Flickr Stream)

…cool strolls down bright corridors…

(via CNBC; photo by Luca Trovato)

…and the warmth and feel of the country that can only be truly experienced by immersing oneself into the culture.

I am really hoping that this will renew my spirits not only from a I-haven’t-seen-a-week-of-sun-since-last-Summer way, but by allowing my senses to experience all of the sights, flavors, sounds and people of Portugal.

And I can’t wait to bring back some photos to share with you all!

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