I Married A Travel Agent.

The Adventures of a (once) Reluctant Traveller

Crystal Cove – Then & Now

Crystal Cove is a very special place to me. In 2003, Nathan and I stayed at Crystal Cove along with my parents, when our firstborn twins (now almost 17) were just bonny, bouncing babies. If you had told me back then, that one day we would return to Crystal Cove with two more daughters in tow, I would have been tickled pink! A few years after that initial visit, in […]

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Carlisle Bay & Oistins Fish Fry!

Carlisle Bay Now, I thought I lived on a small island, but it turns out Barbados is approximately 567 times smaller than the UK! For all my British friends, it’s roughly the same size as the Isle of Wight. Part of a group of Caribbean Islands known as the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is an ‘itty bitty country’, with heaps of beauty and charm. When you ask for directions in Barbados, […]

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Breakfast At Turtle Beach

It was our first morning, waking up in Barbados. We stirred early, not long after the sun had come creeping up.   I’m not sure if it was excitement, or our body clocks being out of sync. But, I didn’t mind. To me, there’s something really special about getting up early on holiday, when there’s not another living soul around.  Admitedly, it’s much easier to accomplish, when you jump out […]

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Back to Barbados

Last summer, Nathan and I were incredibly blessed to be able to take our four children to the beautiful Caribbean Island of Barbados.  We have boy/girl twins currently aged 16, followed by two more daughters, aged 14 and 6. We hadn’t been abroad together as a family for a few years and so everyone was incredibly excited  There was a lot of happy chatter on our train journey to the […]

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Cycling to Guincho Beach

One of the highlights of our short stay in Cascais was a 7.5km cycle to Guincho, a wild and windswept Atlantic-facing beach. We’d noticed the cycle paths clearly marked out as we walked around Cascais.  Being August, the Cascais beaches were packed – not ideal with a six year old in tow – so a cycle ride seemed like the perfect solution, a great way to escape the crowds and […]

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Cascais!

Lisbon to Cascais After 2 days in Lisbon, we packed up our belongings and caught a train to Cascais, an idyllic seaside town, just under 17 miles along the Lisbon coast. Do you remember that old slogan: “Let the train take the strain”? Well there’s definitely something to be said for rolling along a railway track,  gazing out of the window the entire time, with not a care in the […]

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Lisbon – A Grand Day Out!

After a good night’s rest, we were eager to head into Lisbon City Centre to see the sights. We took the Metro to a popular area of Lisbon known as Baixa which is a busy commercial centre with plenty of interesting shops, eateries and charming cobbly streets that rambled uphill and down. There were so many wonderful shops to explore, such as this inviting bakery: This gorgeous flower shop, And […]

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