A Day At The Villa

We had a lovely lazy day at the villa.  It is such a beautiful place it seemed like a good idea to spend time in it.

Most mornings here have started cloudy but the wind soon blows the clouds away and we have long sunny days.clouds in Luz Our fab friends took all the children to a water park for the day so I had a very relaxing day.  It started with a walk along the beach with Lara and Flo’, which we can access by walking down some steps from the villa.praia at Luz Lunch was a simple salad, enjoyed with a glass of wine on the large terrace, where we can sit and look at the beach.casa9 Here is a little peak inside the villa.  This is the doorway from our room which leads to 2 other bedrooms.  All the bedrooms here have their own bathroom.casa 9 This is the room I am sharing with Lara and Harvey.  We all really like this room because it is so large and spacious.  It has a really high ceiling, 2 massive wardrobes, wooden floor and lots and lots of space.casa 8 It has a huge en suite bathroom with itcasa 7 which includes a sunken marble bath!casa 10

There are lots of practical spaces in this villa such as this always sunny courtyard with miles of washing line in it.

casa 5 There is the “posh lounge” which we have rarely used actually.  It is a beautiful room and has a large round table in one corner (out of shot of this photo) which is perfect for evening card games.casa 6 There are many long corridors inside the villa.  This villa was once 2 fisherman’s cottages which were extended substantially.  It is actually badly designed with lots of wasted space but so much of the design is good that this is a pleasure to stay in.  I really love it here and will be very sad to leave.  This is the corridor from the day lounge and dining room to the kitchen.casa 4 The dining room and beyond the entrance hall.casa 3 The day lounge.casa 2This is a charming space I really like the shape and ambience of.caso 1 After a lazy day which involved 2 swimming trips to the sea, a snooze and some reading time, our fab friends return and we headed off to the Mojito bar.Mojito 2 Happy hour 🙂Mojito 1 They are very potent these Mojitos but luckily the restaurant is a short stagger over the road.Paraiso 6The Paraiso restaurant is not the best for food, in my opinion.  It is fine and seems to have plenty of options for the meat eaters but their vegetarian options are very limited.

However, it has the best location which is on the beach so when the kids are bored of our chit chat they can go and play.  It also has a large and airy veranda which makes it extremely comfortable to sit out in as some other restaurants, such as Chicca’s, the lovely Italian, have better food but are not in such a good location.Paraiso 5

I had vegetable soup with a bread roll and cheese, chips and garlicky spinach.
paraiso 4 These 2 handsome fellows had a Cataplana which is a Portuguese dish with clams and prawns.paraiso 2 Another good evening was had by all but we did not head straight back to the villa after dinner.Paraiso 1 The children went jumping.jumping 4 jumping 3 jumping 2 And tumbling.jumping 1 Amazing who you meet on holiday.The Simpsons

I feel so blessed and lucky to have had such a wonderful day in this lovely place with my family and fab friends.  I wish we could do the whole week again.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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