2012 in words and pictures

Well – where did 2012 disappear to? It seems to have gone so quickly!

It seems an opportune time to sit down and have a quick review of 2012 – with a little help from WordPress too!

So I thought I would choose our favourite post and picture from each month of 2012 to share with you – starting of course with


A is for the Algarve – the first in our new series of My Personal A to Z of Portugal, which has been a great series of posts to write and compile – we are half way through the alphabet now – with more to come soon! 


My favourite post this month had to be the Convent in Exile – Monchique – to be able to gain access to such a wonderful old building and meet a real local character and learn some history too – wonderful!


March included some great interviews with other bloggers – I have been amazed and thrilled at some of the wonderful friendships this blog has given us – and Julie Dawn Fox – The Fantastic Fox has to be one of the best bloggers out there!


April included our hilarious travels through Spain and France – including Postcards from my Car and the beautiful Salamanca in Spain – although I am not sure I am in a hurry to stay in a French ‘hotel’ again!


The Hidden Algarve gave us the chance to go off the beaten track and enjoy all that the Monchique has to offer – with some stunning views and hearty food!


We were also able to support a local campaign Save Salgados with a natural bird sanctuary and lagoon under threat from the developer’s machinery – the fight is still ongoing.


A chance for us to enjoy the legend that is José and tell some stories about Ferragudo this month in J is for José


Regular readers will know how much we love the Medieval Fair at Silves – so my favourite post for August has to be Medieval Enchantment


This month gave us the chance to share our My Algarve Insider tips for Photographing the Algarve – lots of hints and tips on where to go and what to photograph for you to enjoy and be inspired from.


Learning Portuguese and English – the trials and challenges of learning a new language – something many of you I am sure can relate to! And another post in our A to Z of Portugal


Allows us to introduce our posts for the fabulous CBBH Photo Challenge – this month the challenge was Blue and it was a tough choice of images as this is my favourite colour! This was also one of our most popular posts this year – thank you for all your comments and likes!


December has been a busy month – with awards, sunshine and our Christmas Sale of art and photography – Blog Awards Update and Christmas Show wrapped it all up nicely for us – and seems the perfect place to say a huge Thank you to everyone that has visited – commented – and liked our blog this year. We are truly humbled and amazed by all of your support, encouragement and friendship this year.

And as WordPress has reminded us today via our 2012 Report

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 31,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals


It is astounding how many countries you are all from too:

Algarve Blog map of visitors

So – Thank you – one and all – and here’s to a fabulous 2013!

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41 Responses to 2012 in words and pictures

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I’ve just recently discovered your blog, buf love it already. Happy, healthy. 2013!

  2. fgassette says:

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTO! CONGRATULATIONS! Your blog has experience great and deserving success. Wishing you more success in 2013.


  3. Pete Davis says:

    Great pictures and blog, thanks for copying me in

  4. Marianne says:

    What an exciting year you have had! Hey, I especially love November’s entry! 😉

    Every good wish for 2013 from Sydney, Australia – yes, we did see the fireworks LIVE last night!

  5. megtraveling says:

    What a great year! Happy New Year!

  6. Gallivanta says:

    A lovely review of your year. Thank you.

  7. starlight says:

    awesome photos! happy new year! and the last photo (december) is my favorite 🙂

  8. Sami Veloso says:

    Great pictures, lovely blog Alyson. Have a great 2013!

  9. Wonderful reminder of your travels and your marvelous photos. Thanks.

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait for the next twelve months of your offerings.

  10. Fabulous pictures! Happy New Year 🙂

  11. Wow! What a compliment, Alyson! I’ve only just started trawling through my backlog of reading and work to do, which is why I didn’t respond earlier. Thank you so much for your friendship and support; it means a lot to me, especially coming from such talented people as you and Dave. Wishing you all the very best for 2013 🙂

  12. The Asian says:

    Looks like it was a great year! Hope 2013 is also a good one

  13. Great pictures! It’s obvious you’re a pro in photography. My whole family stumbled upon pictures and now press me to visit Portugal. 🙂

  14. Wonderful selection!

    Happy New Year 🙂

  15. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    This was a great post – loved it!

    I’m going to checkout the August post though, you’ve got me intrigued on that one.

    Cheers! & happy new year 🙂

  16. Valentina says:

    The place where you are living now looks amazing. I have nominated you for the Shine-On Award. Please pick it up here and enjoy it! http://valentinadesigns.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/stuck-in-the-groove-by-valentina-cirasola-interior-designer/

  17. adinparadise says:

    Great photos for the year’s review, and that August one is still my favourite. 🙂

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