Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês

Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês

To bring our 3 week stay in Portugal to a crescendo, we had decided to spend our final day in the Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês.  Not only was this National Park supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Portugal, but it would also enable us to take the scenic route into Spain.  As we […]

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Ponte De Lima

Ponte De Lima

After raking up a £42.88 toll bill over the previous 19 days, and with only 2 days left in Portugal a “Toll Road Ban” had probably been realised a little late in the day, but we were thankful of our decision, back road driving made for a much more pleasant journey.  Our next stop was […]

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A few days in Porto

A few days in Porto

I’m not a fan of city driving, especially city’s I have never been to before, which is why I’d made a conscious decision to book accommodation just outside Porto city centre.  Thankfully the rain had eased as we approached Porto and just when it seemed like we had arrived without any hitches and a normal […]

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Coja in a Caravan

Coja in a Caravan

Whilst waking up in a Kings Palace may not be very Eco (although if I had to make an argument to the contrary I’m sure I’d be able to make some sound Eco justifications), it does feel very nice.  My first desire was to run out onto our overly large terrace, just to confirm that […]

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Bussaco Palace

Bussaco Palace

Today I had planned a total surprise for Olof, so whilst I didn’t want to make the day feel rushed we did need to have a pretty early breakfast.  Enjoying the freshly baked croissants and bread it seemed a shame to be leaving Sintra, one night wasn’t really enough here.  It was a beautiful town […]

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Sintra Linda

Sintra Linda

I was the first to rise in Lama Village, keen to make the most of the day, I’d decided on quite a tight itinerary for the rest of our time in Portugal, with limited planning time and limited research resources it was difficult to try and stay true to our Ecoquest mission statements but we […]

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Getting Crafty

Getting Crafty

Every saturday Vale Da Lama host a community event whereby locals are invited to visit the farm to help with harvesting, eat food produced at the sweet spot cafe and participate in talks/lectures, this event on the volunteers calendar is called MINGA – unfortunately I didn’t grasp what that stood for.  We started the morning with […]

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Melon-choly

Melon-choly

Another day, another quick morning veggie harvest which I would have preferred to have lasted all morning because the task to follow was more weeding, yeah!!  After working the veggie patches for a couple of days now I had learned where the Daddy Long Legs hung out, I am so glad I had observed these […]

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Fig is not a fruit!

Fig is not a fruit!

Today we had the task of clearing all the figs tree’s but before that we needed to conduct a quick veg harvest to supply the kitchen with goods for the day which resulted in me finding the biggest cucumber I have ever seen, apparently not big enough for the Guinness book of records, a Neal […]

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Punica granatum

Punica granatum

One of the really nice things about Vale Da Lama is their beautiful compost toilets, built from clay and artistically designed they are actually quite inviting.  The design has allowed for four cubicles and a hand wash area, each cubical has two compost toilets, however only one can be used, whilst the other is closed […]

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