My sweet, amazing, fantastic grandma is turning 75 this year, and to celebrate that my whole family and I went to beautiful Lagos, Algarve, Portugal again. Exactly 5 years ago we went for the same reason: back then my gran turned 70 and the trip was so memorable that we were all in for a do-over. Besides, the whole family kept bringing it up to gran about returning so it was also to just shut us up for a few more years.
As mentioned, this time we went to Lagos, which is about 1,5 hour from the Faro Airport. We only stayed in the Albufeira area last time so it was great to discover the more Western part of the Algarve. Gran wanted to go here specifically because then we could easily go to the most South Western part of Europe: Cabo da Roca.
Our trip was basically eating Pastel de Nata every singe day (seriously no exceptions), going to the gorgeous beach Porto de Mos and play in the huge waves (and getting sand EVERYWHERE), hiking either to see the sunrise or though the wild bushes in the burning sun and eating at our new favorite restaurant in Lagos called ‘the Garden’. Seriously recommend that one if you ever go there.
Oh, and playing card games every evening. That can get aggressive in our family, I tell you. We are all too competitive. Must be a family thing.
We had a great time. The weather was exceptional, we only had bad weather 2 days: when we arrived, so that was not too bad, and (of course) when we went to the waterpark in Portmao. That was very bad; never been so cold in my life. But we got through it and had a blast anyways.
I did not make too many pictures because I tried to just see the amazing views with my own eyes instead of through the lens of a camera for once. But here are some photos I randomly took.
Today we drove to Öland, an island about 2 hours away from Växjö, where we are staying right now with friends.
Öland is the place where all the Swedish citizens go to have their holidays. The island has lots of beaches, but we only visited a castle called the Borgholm slott and we drove to the most Northen lighthouse of Öland.
When my friend and I decided to visit our two other friends in Sweden, the idea came to live to do a roadtrip. Both of us deeply infected by wanderlust, in no time at all we planned to also visit Sweden’s neighbour country: Denmark. Neither one of us visited the capital before so we booked our ticket to Copenhagen, to travel from there on to Sweden.
I have never before been to Scandinavia, so for me this was an exciting, new adventure. Traditionally, at the Amsterdam airport I searched for a book to bring on the trip. I do this so I have a book that reminds me of my travels. As I was searching through the many books, trying to make a choice, I found the perfect one: The Little Book of Lykke; The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People. The book is written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, who researches the happiest people on earth by turning happiness into something you can measure. I haven’t read it all yet, just the first 50 pages, but it is so interesting and I recommend everyone to read it as it is just a book of positive, humerous energy even though the writer always stays biased and critical toward the subject.
Anyhow, we arrived very late in Copenhagen and the only thing we did was eat, drink a big Danish beer and sleep. The day after we got up semi-early (we are both not morning people AT ALL) and strolled around the beautiful city.
I did not take pictures of everything, since I wanted to enjoy the moment of just being there too. I have to say: our day spend in Copenhagen was a happy day. One with sunshine, food, and gorgeous building and statues.
Now we are already on our next location: Malmö, Sweden. Excited for the rest of this roadtrip! God kväll!