It is your choice!

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With our job, is quiet easy to understand how lost and disconnected people are from themselves.

With all the technology nowadays, it is pretty easy to get lost… From a distance of a click!, it is easy and fast to send that message, make that phone call, capture that moment for eternity…

How many of us actually take the time to think that we really don’t need that all the time? How many of us tried to turn off our phones for a day, get some rest from the social media and everything that is happening in the world? How many of us went somewhere without the mobile phone for an entire day or weekend?

Have you done the experience and watch people you find in the street, at a café or restaurant or even at work? How many of them are on the phone or with a tablet? How many of them are taking selfies?

We won’t be hypocrites and say we don’t do the same; we also love to take pictures. We also like to hear the voices of far-away family and dearest friends; we also have mobile phones, computers, and can be found in the social media…

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Sweet D. Rodrigo!

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With Christmas Day so close, it is time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Personally, the best gift someone can give me is food. Yes, food! And if it is something related with baking or if it is something sweet… Oh my, even better! I’m a food enthusiast and have a really big sweet tooth over here!

I believe there are a lot of people like me and if you are one of them or have friends like that, Backyard Tours team have a wonderful and truly Christmas sweet suggestion to present – D. Rodrigo! 🙂

It is a typical and traditional sweet from the Algarve. It is believed it was born in Lagos around 1755 – also atragic year for Portugal! A big earthquake occurred and destroyed a big part of the Portuguese coastline, where the Algarve was severely damaged leaving an almost complete devastation.

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December 1st of 1640, A Day to Remember

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Aclamação de D. João IV de Portugal, Veloso Salgado

Quick Portuguese History lesson: December 1st of 1640, a day that every Portuguese should know and remember.

When our young and reckless king D. Sebastião (1557-1578) disappeared and certainly died in Africa, he left our country with no heirs or someone that could take control of everything. What happened next was that in 1581, Filipe II (1527 – 1598) of Spain is claimed king and he takes our country under is hood. For six long decades, Portugal shared the King with Spain, which we call “Filipino Domain”.

Spain was in control not only of our territory, but also all the economies, exports and imports, as well as our maritime traffic and army. Is like Portugal was a small province of Spain, where people where forced to pay taxes and fees to the Spanish Empire.

But Spain was also struggling with their own problems: some regions of Spain (Catalunha and Andaluzia) where in some conflicts and mutinies, and therefore the King Filipe IV of Spain, III of Portugal (1605 – 1665) had all his attention directed to those areas.

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No Excuses to Stay Still…

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For a long time we haven’t been able to come and say “hi” to all of you that are on that side, but the truth is that we had a beautiful Summer this year and therefore we’ve been busy in a good way! We met so many interesting people we visited amazing places and shared a lot of good laughs. Now is the time to say “until next year!” and prepare ourselves to have a blast of a 2017.

But it doesn’t mean that we have to stay put and not enjoy the outdoors just because Summer is over. Fall is also a great time to hike and to do outdoor activities. The weather is still enjoyable and if you’re lucky, you can still have some sunny warm days. You just need to open your door and go for it!

That is what we are going to do… And in fact, we already started! 😉

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Colorful Backyard

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At last… the days are getting longer, the Sun is shining brighter, the cool breeze is not so cold anymore!

We can already feel the winter making his arrangements to go to travel on vacations around here. What a wonderful changing. There are so many flower species, so many colours. You can be easily surprised by the shapes, colours and smells if you pay enough attention to your surroundings around these parts.

I can smell the presence of alecrim (rosemary), tomilho (thyme) or alfazema (lavender)  all around. I can see their flowers blooming, and in between, I look at the ordinary margaridas (daisies), or see myself be surprised by the weird looking orquidea dos macaquinhos pendurados (naked man orchid).

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Margaridas | Daisies | Bellis perennis

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A Different Kind of Love

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Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year, they say. It is true, although we all should be romantic all year long. After all, it is important to show and transmit your love to your beloved ones, each and everyday… And remember, love comes in every kind of ways: small gestures, smiles, hugs, everyday “good morning” or “good night”… Tiny things that we usually take for granted or barely notice.

Easily we forgot to show how we love something or someone; life keeps running at 1000 km/h and we hardly can handle it. However, we’ve to stop once in a while and be able to appreciate and to be grateful for what we have.

And we do. We appreciate and love our little Portugal, and the Algarve, in particular. We love our country and the best way to spread our love is through you and with you.

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