Angela and the Ashleys’ European Vacation: Part Five

New day, new adventure.  Tuesday morning we packed our bags and settled in for a relaxing four-hour bus ride south to the sunny beach town of Lagos. The Portuguese countryside may be scrubby, sparse,and unremarkable (making for boring scenery) but its coastline is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and we couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves! After…

Angela and the Ashleys’ European Vacation: Part Three

Sunday, August 14. I’ve seldom had a stranger day. We woke early to another impossibly gorgeous morning in Portugal and? packed for our day in Arrabida. According to travel articles, Arrabida had two amazing hiking trails with scenic viewpoints, cafes, wineries, windmills, and beaches.  We threw on swimsuits under our hiking clothes, slapped together chicken…

Angela and the Ashleys’ European Vacation : Part Two

So.Many.Hills. We arrived in Lisbon early Friday morning, stopped in at the baggage claims office to request delivery whenever our luggage arrived, had a freshly baked gourmet pastry at the airport, and then caught the metro to Santa Appollonia, the station closest to our Air B&B. Walking up into the bright sunshine and fresh sea-salted…

What’s Your Superhero Name?

We all love a good superhero story. Someone steps out of obscurity, scared to go to battle but armed with secret powers and a sense of duty. He swoops in, putting his own life at risk, to save the people from the evil plot of the nefarious villain. There are suspenseful fight scenes, and once…