Coruche Balloon Festival Portugal

 Coruche balloon festival
Coruche is situated about 48km inland from Lisbon and we discovered it and its Balloon Festival quite by chance. I tend to look for rivers, lakes or dams for overnight stops and this is how we discovered Coruche. And they threw in a balloon festival to impress us too!

Beef Olives / Rouladen Recipe

 Beef olives
Beef olives have nothing to do with olives that you pick from a tree, but it is thought that the name comes more from its shape than anything else. In some countries one uses the German word rouladen or roulades, and in others olives. Whatever you call them, they are deeelicious and Tante Inge’s recipe is to die for!

Restaurant Prates (Café Snack Bar) Igrejinha, Portugal

 Great olives!
We had spotted a different restaurant on our way through town and had actually intended to go there, but it was closed on Tuesday, so I had to find something else. Thank goodness as this restaurant was super and proved to be better than the other one. I asked a local passer-by where to go and with lots of gesticulation, we found Prates.

Happy 2019!

 Camper with "lake"!
Happy New Year everyone!!!!! We wish you a year filled with joy and happiness and that our planet gets just a little bit better rather than a little bit worse in 2019.
PS: This photo was taken by our deevine friends, Anouschka & Joachim - thank you!

Nazaré where the Big Waves come to visit!

 Nazare lighthouse top
We had heard about Nazaré from a friend of ours, Bob, whose son is Tom Butler a professional big wave surfer. In fact, just a few days ago on the 18th of December, he surfed the biggest wave ever at 30.8m (100 ft). I mean like the biggest wave ever surfed in the world!! And we know his Dad! I think this is called glowing in someone else’s shine or something like that!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 Christmas 2018
An ever so slightly belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We wish all of you the happiest, healthiest and most peaceful coming year than ever before. Our planet could do with some good cheer in 2019, so let's all work together to make it a memorable (in a good way!) year. Hugs and kisses Crystal and Joerg

Portuguese Pumpkin / Gourd Jam

 Pumpkin jam and cheese
All over Portugal we saw fields of enormous pumpkins and pumpkins stacked like walls. We have never had pumpkin soup in Portugal, but you often find pumpkin/gourd jam in cakes or served with cheese. We had some at a restaurant in Chaves (see previous post) which was absolutely deeelicious.

Restaurante Casa Tipica O Campismo, Chaves, Portugal

 Salad with a great dressing!
This restaurant came recommended by a fellow blogger Amumot (www.amumot.de) and the food was superb. The pricing can be a bit random (I’ll explain what I mean later), but completely reasonable and I can’t express enough how tasty the food was.

Populo and Fornos do Pinhal, Northern Portugal

 Populo
Our journey in Portugal continues in spite of the fact that we are currently not there, but I would like to show you some more beautiful places we visited whilst we were there. Right now we’re in Germany and even had some lovely snow on Sunday, but we’re staying in lovely warm Portugal blog wise!

Carne de Porco a Alentejano, Pork with fried potatoes and pickles

 Carne de Porco a Alentejano
We had this fantastic dish in a restaurant in Chaves and we loved it so much I just had to try it myself. It is now a firm favourite in our household. The recipe apparently originates in the Algarve, with the black pork coming from the Alentejo, hence the name. It is downright deeelicious!