Living Arrows 29/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

We had a bit of a quiet week last week and as a result I didn’t actually take many pictures. One I did take of BattleKid was after we had attended a traditional Fado last Saturday. This is a concert with two guitars players and there were four singers taking turns to sing traditional Portuguese songs. We adults thoroughly enjoyed it and BattleKid enjoyed the music, the singing not so much. He has alot to learn! Afterwards we were trying to decide where to go for dinner and a little person was hungry. So to fill the gap, I gave him one of the Piccolo pouches we were kindly sent recently for review (coming soon on the blog). It tasted quite nice and he enjoyed it.

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29/52 My Sunday Photo: 16/07/2017

The week before last we met some friends of ours from the UK in mid-Portugal. They were holidaying in Lisbon and we hadn’t seen them in quite a long time. Seeing as we were both in the country we found a halfway point and met for lunch.
It just so happened that the town of Beja, our meeting point, also had an amazing castle in it which we explored briefly before lunch. I am amazed at how many castles are in Portugal. They’re just something I didn’t associate with it.
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Living Arrows 28/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

In the last week we have the pleasure of visiting not one but two castles here in Portugal. I had no idea there were so many in Portugal, let alone within two hours of us.

The first we visited was in a town 20 minutes from us called Castro Marim. Castro Marim has two fort-type castles on opposite hills, one which is open to the public and one which isn’t. We had a lovely time wandering around, looking for dragons of course, and imagining what it was like to live there hundreds of years ago.

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Just taking a break from dragon hunting

We also visited a castle in a town called Beja which is 2 hours drive from us. We were meeting up with friends from Wales who were in Lisbon on holiday and who kindly offered to meet halfway. It was so good seeing M and his new fiancee P, who is lovely, and we spent a lovely hour wandering around the castle, hunting for dragons, before having a bite to eat and a coffee. I was blown away by this castle. And guess what? We passed another one in a town called Mertola which we are going to return to!

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Standing in the courtyard of Beja Castle

We also spent last Friday evening at the beach after BattleDad finished work. I still can’t quite believe that this is our life now; popping to the beach after work on Friday while it’s still hot is still something dreams are made of.

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Jumping the waves on Manta Rota beach

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28/52 My Sunday Photo: 09/07/2017

Last Sunday we ventured out and headed to a place called Castro Marim, as recommended to us by BattleDad’s aunt. She had told us of two castles or forts, one of which you could visit and she thought it would be a great place to go dragon hunting. And we weren’t disappointed.
The two forts are enclosed within walls. The one we visited had towers, castle-like buildings, horse stables, a beautiful church, various buildings and battlements you could walk on. Up there we saw great views as far as both Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal and Ayamonte in Spain across the river. We visited the museum inside and saw some amazing artefacts. And if you are wondering, yes we did find a dragon but that is a tale for another day.
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The second fort of Castro Marim
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Looking out across the salt pans towards Ayamonte
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Just taking a break from dragon hunting
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The Most ‘Instagrammed’ Landmarks in the World

Instagram is one of the most popular social media websites in the world with around 700 million active monthly users as of April 2017. It also has a total of around 40 billion photos uploaded to date, approximately 95 million per day. That’s an incredible number.

Instagram is now the modern day equivalent of the old holiday photo album you and your family used to have, with selfies, travel photos and dog pictures making up the 40 billion photos. If your travel pictures aren’t on Instagram, then did you really go anywhere? In this day and age, the answer for most is “No.”

It is also my favourite social media platform, where I could spend hours looking at beautiful photos. From flat-lays, to family photos, to iconic landmarks, Instagram has it all. While there are some landmarks from around the world that regularly appear in our Instagram feeds, there are some that don’t feature. Does that surprise you?

To find out which landmarks from around the world made in onto the list and even those that didn’t, why not check out this infographic compiled by Richard Pinches** of Meadows Farm Studios! This infographic reveals some of the top ‘instagrammed’ landmarks in the world, from France’s Eiffel Tower amassing around 3.6 million posts to Bulgaria’s Alexander Nevsky cathedral amassing only 7.8K posts. See which landmarks you know and maybe even which one’s you might have uploaded yourself!

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Next time you go on holiday, don’t forget to upload your photos to Instagram because if your photos aren’t on Instagram, then in our eyes you never went away in the first place. 

Cath x

*Collaborative post. However, no remuneration was received for hosting this infographic.

**Richard Pinches has been an active photographer for more than three decades. Having studied at Berkshire College of Art in Reading where he qualified in commercial photography. His college work experience was with ex BCAD Alumnus, Paul Howerd, who really opened his eyes to life as a professional photographer. Richard then set up his own studio – Meadows Farm Studios – in a disused barn on his parent’s farm in 1988. Now almost 30 years later, he’s still going strong.

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