My Favorite Past Travels (Part 1/7)

I absolutely love traveling. If I had no responsibilities and money wasn't an object, I'd probably spend every day for the rest of my life exploring new places. I've been wanting to blog about this for awhile, but I wasn't sure how to approach the subject. I've decided to split this into seven posts, because if I didn't, it would probably be the longest post in history. Maybe. Definitely.

With that being said, I've sifted through all of my travel photos and narrowed it down to my top 7 favorite countries/places I've been to. I really tried to narrow it down to five, but I couldn't. It was just too hard! So without further adieu, here is #7 off of my list!

#7: Portugal

Who I went with: my mother, father, brother, and nephew

Where we went: the Algarve region and Lisbon

When we went: summer of 2013

What we did: We stayed beachside in the Algarve region, but the weather was so bad we couldn't do much sightseeing. This was a huge disappointment, since the coast is supposed to be beautiful. In Lisbon, we shopped and ate, but a ton of things were closed down because there was a strike going on.

Why it's #7 on my list: Portugal would've been higher on the list if the weather was better and there wasn't a huge strike that shut all of Lisbon down. It was such an interesting place–– the food was great, the architecture was interesting, and the people were friendly.

Lisbon: Looking at the Atlantic Ocean
Lisbon: I loved this apartment building! It was so cheery.
Lisbon: Exploring with my family.
Algarve region: On the only day that the weather was nice, we went on the choppiest boat ride ever.
Out of the 40 people on the boat, only a handful didn't get seasick.

Lisbon: the bridge.
Lisbon: One of the best meals I've ever had. It was my dad's birthday dinner.
Lisbon: "Open your eyes" in Portuguese.
Lisbon: Graffiti on tile.
Lisbon: "General Strike: June 27th"
Lisbon: Near the zoo, they had animals painted on the columns of the underpass.

Stay tuned to read about my #6 place next week! If you've been to Portugal, what did you love about it? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below!

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