We are coming out of isolation…and it feels good

A lone sailboat during lockdown off the shore of Cascais.

It’s been a while since my last post but there wasn’t much to share except for my daily walks, but you only need to hear about that once.

A house in a typical pastel color in Cascais.

The town of Cascais slowly began to open about two weeks ago. Before that, it felt like a ghost town. It was a very sad sight but last weekend it began to come back to life. Not all the shops or restaurants have opened but most have with all the requirements in place.

On the beach, the sunbathers have self regulated by keeping the required space between their spots and everyone has their masks which they use as they go into enclosed spaces.

Even the President of Portugal visited the beach in Cascais on Sunday and went for a swim.

He’s a man about town these days and was seen shopping last week at a grocery store.

President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa doing his shopping.

I love this country.

The Jacaranda in bloom in Lisbon.

On Sunday I enjoyed a walk on the Esplanade and through the shops and have a few things to share.

First, a new pair of fun shoes.


I found these in a shop in Cascais called Natura on Sunday and couldn’t resist. They are surprisingly comfortable, and local ladies, they come in an assortment of colors.



The Esplanade in Cascais as the lockdown began to loosen.

During the first phase out of lockdown, you could take a walk along parts of the esplanade but going onto the beach was not allowed unless you wanted to go swimming or surfing.

Fishing boats in the harbor of Cascais as lockdown began to ease.
Sunbathers last weekend as people were allowed to enjoy the beach in Cascais.
The blue dots are markers on the Esplanade showing 2 meters (6 feet) apart.

The streets behind the Esplanade have wonderful buildings to be explored.


It was a great feeling of joy after being in isolation for approximately six weeks, fearing the unknown.

The Minster of Health and the Director of Public Health were on the news every day beginning in early March sharing information about COVID and preparing us for the worst as we slowly took the steps to lockdown.

The country could not have been better in preparing us and supporting everyone during this siege.

Doctors were still available for private visits and consultations, many prepared hospital beds went unused and every day I felt safe and taken care of during a time that was trying for everyone.

I could not have been in a better place than Portugal.

It is my home forever.

-Dora Taylor

3 thoughts on “We are coming out of isolation…and it feels good

  1. Thank you, Dora, for sharing your experiences along with these inspiring photos. It gives those of us still dreaming of returning to Portugal a glimmer of hope that we can return to such a lovely place in the not-too-distant future.


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