2020… as far as travel goes, you’ve been pretty horrible. I had originally planned to return back home to San Francisco in March for 2 weeks to see friends and family. Unfortunately, thanks to COVID, 2 weeks turned into 3 months. After 4 flight cancellations, we finally found a flight back to France in mid-June. (A short aside: I know United gets a bad rap a lot of times, but with all of the COVID mess, of the 6 agents we dealt with, both in person at the airport and over the phone, 5 were super sympathetic and helpful. The last 2 agents even upgraded us to Economy Premium and checked all of our extra bags for free!)
Although we’re very happy to be back in the land of baguettes and croissants, it’s still very hard to get in the spirit of travel when all of our travel plans for 2020 have been cancelled. But I’m choosing to take this travel-free time to go back to the archives and catch up on editing my photos from previous holidays.
When COVID was still a disease we thought was on the other side of the world, early in February of this year (almost one year ago!!!), we continued our trip from Seville to the Algarve region of Portugal. Sunny towns and beaches awaited us, which was a welcome change from the cold, cloudy skies of France. Our friends, who were living just across the border in Spain at the time, served as our tour guides to give us just a taste into this beautiful region.
Vila Real de Santo António
Our first stop was to this cute little port town of Vila Real de Santo António. It was nice to take a walk along the port and stare at Spain right on the other side. Shopping and cute cafés made this a nice little stop to begin our time in Portugal.
Our next step was the adorably quaint town of Tavira. Tavira is an old town, aging about 3000 years. Its multicultural influences stem from its history under Roman and Moorish rule. Today, this small town is a nice place to walk around, get lost and explore its unique architecture.
We saved the best for last. Our friends made sure that we got to see beautiful Algarve coast right before sunset. It definitely wasn’t warm enough to do any swimming, but that made for peaceful, secluded beaches.
It really is amazing to think about how things can change so quickly in a year. In a year that’s been so terrible with so much loss, it’s comforting to think about what we do have – great friendships, beautiful sights and awesome memories. That will just have to tie me over until it’s safe to travel again…
Until next time,