Timing is Everything

23 thoughts on “Timing is Everything”

  1. I keep thinking about timing, too. You can never tell how something will work out. But I’m glad the Portugal government made the decision to extend your visas. That little town looks so lovely…thanks for sharing and providing the escape!

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    1. We were incredibly relieved, as you might guess. The pictures I took didn’t really capture the charm of Guimaraes. Won and I were both amazed! Guimaraes is really lovely. I wish you could see it.

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  2. Beautiful photos. That’s one of the things I miss most about Europe- the flowers and gardens everywhere.

    Glad you are none the worse for a lovely trip!!

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  3. Hi, Beth:
    Another charming episode detailing your adventure. The pictures are so beautiful. I am really sorry that you weren’t able to get your permanent visas, but it sounds like you will have sufficient time to do so. You can look forward to making the return trip and having the opportunity to enjoy some sightseeing in those lovely towns. Glad you are back home safe.
    Take good care.
    💕💕

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  4. If nothing else, you had the opportunity to have a beautiful change of scenery during all of this! Glad they extending your visas! Take care of yourselves!

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    1. Thanks Gerri! It was a somewhat somber time there because the streets were so empty, no restaurants were open, no one at the B&B. We will really look forward to returning and seeing it in its full glory. I hope you and your entire family stay healthy and remain safe. Take care!

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  5. Beautiful pics! That would be ironic if after all that trouble to move there, they deported you back! I’m sure it will all work out. Crazy times!

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  6. Love the swans sitting in the gravel, and the gardens leading up to the church. Best of luck getting truly legal!

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    1. They seemed almost too real to be real! Does that make sense? It’s just not normal for me to be wandering around the grounds of a 16th century villa with swans. LOL! If you ever make it to Porto, Guimaraes is definitely worth a side trip. I hope you are staying safe during this very scary time. Take care!!

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  7. Aside from not getting your permanent residency yet, everything about this move has been charmed. Only one out of all those “what ifs” came to be — not bad at all! And only temporarily, even if it ends up being postponed again. Guimaraes is a dream; thanks for sharing.
    Stay healthy!

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    1. Hi Lindsey! Yes, we do feel very blessed that our move here has gone as smoothly as we had hoped. We often remark on that to ourselves. We are hoping our good luck continues and we remain healthy. Keep me posted on how things are going with your house. And, when this pandemic has finally passed, I hope you and Tom will consider a visit here. Sending my love to you all!!

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    1. Ha!! Making lemonade out of lemons was one of the potential names for this post! Great minds – STILL – think alike. 🙂 I hope you and your family are healthy and stay that way. Take care!

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  8. Your pictures of Guimaraes and area are beautiful. It is very odd reading this almost a year later. Around March 20 last year, we were hightailing it back to Canada after a stay in Arizona. None of us had any idea how long this would last and how devastating it would be.

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    1. So true. It’s hard to wrap your head around how everything changed and the impact this virus has had on the world and everyone in it! It’ll be another year before things really get back to “normal” …assuming it ever gets back to normal. Geez. 😦

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