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I love road trips, don't you?
I love the feeling of freedom on the open highway. I love listening to unfamiliar music or having a good conversation while sitting inside the car. I love looking at the changing landscape, the road signs and the myriad of sky colors. I even love stopping at the restaurants, coffee shops or gas stations while checking out the local food and delicacy. Most of all, I love the anticipation- that feeling of being in between places.
When I'm on the road, my heart expands with every breath.
I went on a road trip with my husband and daughter recently. We drove from France to Portugal and it's one of the longest trips I've been in a car. The distance from Versailles (France) to Viana dos Castelo (Portugal) is about 1,600 km. You can probably do that in a day with a few stops, but we chose take the leisurely route. We wanted to do it in 2 days so we can stop in Biarritz for the night and continue the journey towards Spain then Portugal the next day.
Our first stop for brunch in France had a Paul, a boulangerie and patisserie that sells bread and pastries. I couldn't resist getting a chausson aux pommes or French Apple turnover for the road. I bit into my pastry and nearly choked on something hard. I found a ladybug inside!
What a great way to wish us luck at the start of our journey!
Even though it was still cold, the sun was out and we took our little girl for some Vitamin Sea.
We could even see a few peelers in the distance. We saw a few people swimming though no one was surfing. Ben says it's a privilege to see Biarritz like this- quiet and peaceful. He says he wouldn't want to come back in the summer where you have to fight for a wave as all the surfers flock here.
Ben looks at me and tells me how much he loves being on the open road. There's something special about the seeing the horizon, the sky, that line that separates heaven and earth. It's like a dazzling display right before your eyes. The best part is, you can just open a window or even stop and be a part of it all.
But if I hadn't been paying attention, I would have missed this:
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in France anymore."
By nightfall, I was eager to arrive in Portugal. I've been wanting to see this country that Ben has been telling me about ever since we met. He is part Portuguese after all, and so is our daughter. I prepared my camera to take a shot of the Portugal sign. Ben told me I wouldn't even notice it.
So we stayed at another hotel in Portugal for the night. We went to the Miño River the next morning to take this:
It was so wonderful to be reunited with the sea again! I couldn't resist getting close to the water even if it was freezing. Portugal boasts of a coastal area with some of the world's best surf spots. And we were not disappointed.
This fantastic view is from the Portuguese side overlooking Spain.
We walked on the beach to see the sunset- my first in Portugal.
It's amazing to note that the mountain behind me is Santa Tecla in Spain. But I'm actually on the Portuguese side. And with that sunset, we ended our first day in Portugal. We look forward to exploring more of the region. I have a feeling we will stay here longer than expected...
Lois has traveled extensively and have lived in Asia, the United States, and Europe. She just recently got married and now has a baby girl. She is currently based in Europe trying to find a home base for her family. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of We Are Sole Sisters.
I did. But it went by so fast! And this is all I got:
Do you see lines?
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