Postcards from Portugal

Postcards from Portugal

I know I haven't written much about Portugal and I really should. The country was beautiful, the food is amazing, the wine is cheap AND delicious in a way only Europeans can do, and the week we spent there was perfect. But, since that trip was over a year ago, some of the details have been lost to time. That's another reason I blog about all our trips  - so that I can remember small details that may otherwise be forgotten. But alas, this one has slipped away from me. I will try to get a few posts published about the more notable parts of our trip, but Portugal is far too beautiful a country to let these pictures sit on a hard drive somewhere. So my loss is your gain. A post light on words, but full of pretty pictures. Going through these to choose the best ones has made one thing painfully clear to me - I need to go back to Portugal. 

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Pena Palace, a Colorful Day Trip From Lisbon

Pena Palace, a Colorful Day Trip From Lisbon

We maintained a break-neck speed when we were in Portugal. In retrospect, it might have been nice to slow down just a bit, but when there's so much to see in the world and so little time in which to see it, well, slowing down isn't much of an option. We spent the last few days of our trip in Lisbon. And if you google, "things to do in Lisbon," the iconic Pena Palace in the small town of Sintra is bound to pop up. Sure, it's cliched, and expected, for a travel blogger to go there, but, I'll admit that I actually enjoyed it. You don't need a full day to visit the palace, especially if you have your own vehicle and aren't relying on public transportation, which means you have the afternoon to seek out and sample the best Pastel de nata in the city.

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Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg

Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg

Finding things to do when we travel that won't completely bore a toddler, aren't super "kid-centric" and are interesting for parents can be tricky. As our daughter had gotten older, we have to find more and more things that she will enjoy when traveling. Aaron and I would love to just wander sometimes, eating at street-side cafes and stopping for a beer or glass of wine, but, a two year old finds those things boring. When we were in Hamburg, we knew we wanted to visit Miniature Wonderland - it's actually on our European Bucket List - and we were delighted when Evelyn found it just as cool as we did.

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Port in Porto

Port in Porto

One of the great things to do when traveling is to sample the local beverages. In Belgium and the Czech Republic, this is usually beer, in France and Italy it's wine. Turns out Portugal has a pretty fantastic wine culture; the most well-known of these varieties being Port. Aptly named, the city of Porto is the historical trading and export hub for these fortified wines which vary in color from a light amber to a deep purple-red. The wine is typically sweeter and often drank as a digestive or after-dinner drink. Not a big fan of sweet wines to begin with, I wasn't sure I would be a fan of port, but, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong.

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Life Lately

Life Lately

Hey, it's me, Meghan. You know, the one who wrote most of the blog posts here consistently for a few years. I've been absolutely terrible at keeping up with this thing for the last, oh, 18 months. So what have we been up to in that time? A whole hell of a lot. Some travel, some home stuff, and a whole lot of normal life in between. The stuff that's not all that exciting to read about. But, I want to fill you guys in on what our life as re-pats has been like since we stepped off a Lufthansa A380 into the hot and humid air of Houston on July 31, 2016. I'll try to keep this short and sweet, but let's be real, it'll probably get long. Longer than I intend.  

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Introducing....Julie Grace

Introducing....Julie Grace

Holy wah it's been a while! We have some big news to share with you guys! Our second daughter, Julie Grace, was born on November 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm. It's been crazy around here with two, that's for sure! I'm finally emerging from the blur just a bit and wanted to share her birth story with you all. I apologize for it's length, but I don't just write these stories for you all, I write them for myself. I want to make sure I capture all the details.                                                                                                       

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Another New Adventure: Two Under Two

Another New Adventure: Two Under Two

I know it's been quiet around here and for that, I apologize. We've been busy with work, business travel, a little bit of fun travel, and still settling in to our new home. I had forgotten how much work home ownership is! Spring is always busy for us, and this spring has been no exception. But, I'm here today to catch you all up on a new adventure we have decided to tackle: 2 under 2! That's right, we are expecting our second baby in November. Eek! We are excited, nervous, anxious, but also, happy!

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