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You mentioned that you had done parts of Europe already. Did that include Portugal? While the euro isn't giving as good of an exchange rate as it was last summer, they are still a modestly priced country. Good food, good beaches, friendly people, English-speaking not too hard to find. The economic crisis has brought rates down, in an effort to encourage tourism.

The shoulder season months of June & September are quite nice, as is May with the coastal flowers in bloom. Avoid August - peak tourist season. The restaurants & beaches are far busier, service suffers and flights will cost more. If you should need to include July, the first 2 weeks have the lighter tourist load.

If you need more info, let me know. We have a home and spend several months each year there...

Laura
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