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Monday, August 12, 2019

3 Boys in 30 Days: Part 3 - Peniche & the Rocky Beach


After spending three weeks on the Costa del Sol and inland near Granada, it was time for the last leg of the boys' month-long trip to Europe.

We drove 8 hours to a sleepy village in Portugal called Peniche (about 90 minutes north of Lisbon, but its at the tip of a small peninsula.) The main reason we chose it was because the apartment was only a 5-minute walk to the beach and that appealed to me and the boys both! We'd driven about 1,700 miles, so it was nice to park the car and forget about it for a week.

Had a wonderful time, but amazingly only got 3 sunny days, so when they happened, we jumped on them!

PS: The pictures with the "rock formations" below are something I've never seen at any other rocky beach in my life - and trust me, I've been to a few. Has anyone else seen anything like this before?
It was so much fun finding this beach, and then seeing the thousands and thousands of little rock formations built by those who came before us. Naturally, the boys and I made a few dozen of our own and kept this cute tradition going. (And, from now on, whenever we find a rocky beach - and there's no formations built yet, we're going to build some - and see if they come :)

First things first, one must create a sand angel...

...A heart...

...And finish by burying one's brother up to his neck!

Time for a cute selfie with Papa :)

The waves always won, but the boys loved trying to keep them at bay!

Super excited to see #2 Son asked for a notepad and wrote a story during the trip! 

Crabbing. A right of passage and a job well done, lads.

On one of the cloudy days, it was decided a castle was to be built.

Then, the drawing of the world's worst hopscotch ended in fits and giggles.

Superhero capes had to be worn - and tested :)

Some well-earned downtime was had - by all of us!!

So much fun finding this rocky beach and seeing all the unique rock formations!

#1 Son's first of many!

#3 Son decided to build two cars instead. (The imagination of children. I love it!!)

Some people got clever with their placement! I'm sure this local fisherman rolls his eyes a lot:)

I had to build one, too... When in Rome (or Peniche) and all that :)

Time for some more hill-climbing...

I told them to be safe - and they were - but still, I was glad when they were done building!

Break time = selfie time, apparently.

We made it to the "toppest" part of the hill. Another climbing mission done!

#1 Son will talk to anyone, I swear, and fair balls to him!

On the trek back down the hill.

While we waited for the sun to come out, we went on many explorations...

Who wouldn't want to dance and jump on a huge "bed" of seaweed?

Finally, the sun showed up and the low tide exposed an "island" behind #2 Son.

The water was so clear - and so much warmer - with the sun in town!

I said to this munchkin, just give me a normal smile, and off he went to the races :)

Somebody just loves the waves crashing over him!

The boys were so cute and made me a "windbreaker" so I could nap in peace:)

No photo bombers in this family!

Absolutely not, Papa :)


Elephant's Child said...

Huge smiles.
Precious memories - and a new tradition to transport across the world.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

What great pictures. Boys are such special creatures. They bring a simple energy to life. So glad you get to spend the summer with them. They make you glow!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark - absolutely wonderful ... fantastic time you all had - and these days will be remembered with much happiness - you all look so happy ... fun.

That island is pretty special ... when you get a chance look up Toarcian turnover in Wiki ... and see reference to Peniche! Those rocks intrigued me - but the island more so ...

Fantastic they've all got their own ways in life ... #1 happy communicating, # 2 with his stories and # 3 being artistically creative with his cars ... and their castles, hearts, hopscotch designs ...

Just lovely - cheers Hilary

Jo said...

What a fabulous time you all had. Then you find a secret island. What a story that could make. Nope, not seen those rock formations before.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that looks like a great time. Interesting about the rocks although fun everyone made a rock pile. Bet the boys were bummed to go home.

CWMartin said...

Treasure the memories you build, proud papa!

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