We will be heading to the mountains of West Virgina in less than a month and I couldn’t be more excited!
It will be a full month of family, friends, fresh mountain air, trips to the river and yummy home cooking by Hayes.
On the way back down to Miami (we are driving there and back), we will all be spending one week on the beach in the outer banks of North Carolina.
Once back home in Miami, Lily and I will have 1 week to spend some much needed time with Will (he won’t be going with us this year 🙁 ), visit with friends and pack for our month long trip to Portugal. (oct3-nov3)
I’m so excited to see my family, meet my cousin Ana’s baby Teresinha, be there for the birth of my brother and his girl friend’s first baby boy, eat my mom’s cooking and to go experience some autumn weather.
So, in the mean time, Lily and I will be spending our days at the beach making the most of this Miami summer.
Here is Lily busting out some yoga moves on the beach yesterday, she’s all about it lately.
On wednesday we went to Sintra and I fell in love!
Monsaraz used to be my favorite place here in Portugal however, the number one slot has been taken over by Sintra.
What an AMAZING place!
The town itself is small and quaint with cute restaurants and antique shops.
It is so wonderfully green and hilly there. (Hayes and John, if you are reading this post, both Will and I have decided that this is the first place we will show you as soon as you step off the plane!)
And then there is the Palacio da Pena. (you know what amazes me? back in the 17th century they didn’t have the technology they have today and they built AMAZING things. today they build… well, crap!)
“I have never seen such opulence.” Will said. Well put Will, I agree.
The Palacio da Pena is where the King and Queen of Portugal used to spend their summers.
Oh to be a queen… I wouldn’t have minded a summer or two at the Palacio da Pena either….
(sorry but it’s another picture overload post, 57 to be exact. but then again, beautiful places = lots of pictures. 😉 there are only pictures of the outside of the Palacio da Pena because they didn’t allow pictures inside)