Welcome

Hi.  I’m Marie and you are very welcome to HopsSkipsandJumps.     If you are reading this you are probably like me – happiest when planning your next trip (or 2…  or 3….!) I’m a very unlikely victim of a travel bug.   Firstly,  the gene pool – my parents were of that generation that only […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 10.Póvoa de Varzim

You’ll have to imagine blue skies for this one!   Povoa de Varzim is a resort lying about 30km north of Porto.  Its linked to the metro system which means its popular with day trippers as well as tourists.   The apartments stretching along the promenade don’t do much for the place but the beach is lovely […]

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Not again! Why do I do this!!

Saturday,  August 10th… I’m definitely jinxed! I can’t actually remember the last time I traveled when all flights went on time and were hassle-free.   Our last jaunt was shaping up well – we were on our way to the US south west – Phoenix via London and back via Chicago.  The outward trip was fine […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

O is for Omelette Man!   So what do you fancy? – Spanish,  Masala,  Ali Baba or just plain cheese?    Open since 1974,  The Omelette Shop is an institution in Jodhpur and the man himself has been joined by his sons in the business of producing about 400 omelettes every day! He’s not hard […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 9.Braga

I’ve tried,  in this series of ‘glimpses’,  to just offer a flavour of what’s to be enjoyed in Northern Portugal.   So I haven’t named every church,  public building and mountain peak in the posts.   But what a wealth of beauty there is here – and we’ve barely skimmed the surface! Braga,  it turns out,  is the […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 8.Ponte de Lima

  Roman troops,  when marching through Portugal,  refused to cross the River Lima.   They were so bewitched that they reckoned they’d found the legendary River Lethe – famed not only for its beauty but for its ability to wipe out the memories of all who crossed it.  The captain could only persuade his men to […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 7.Pitoes das Júnias

I don’t think you will find many tour buses up here!  This is REMOTE!   Almost on the Spanish border,  this definitely qualifies as Northern Portugal.   Following a recommendation from the tourist office in Montalegre,  and as it was roughly in the direction we were headed that day,  off we went,  25km into the mountains,   to […]

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