A very pleasent place in Portugal

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Children are full of surprises. Take my daughter, for example, who is scared of almost everything, except, it would seem, six foot albino pythons, whom she’ll happily drape around her young neck like a jaunty scarf.

As I sat cowering in the audience at the reptile show, praying the man with the menagerie wouldn’t come anywhere near me with his cold-blooded critters, my six-year-old couldn’t wait to pet the chameleon and stroke the Komodo dragon.

We were at one of the shows put on by the Vidamar Resort Algarve during our week-long stay and my daughter, like all the other children in the audience, loved it. ‘‘The snake tickles’’, she chuckled. ‘‘He’s cuddly.’’ Like I said, full of surprises.


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