Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Portugal. Show all posts

Porto, Portugal: A Lazy Day in Porto

A Lazy Day in Porto, Portugal

A Lazy Day in Porto, Portugal


Much Ado About Doing Nothing:
A BLISSFUL LAZY DAY IN PORTO, PORTUGAL



Porto was the perfect antidote to my short but frenetic tour of Portugal. I had shown my mother (who was visiting Portugal for the first time) Lisbon in 24 hours, trekked across the hills of Sintra in search of castles in the sky, and made a day trip to Fatima to witness the largest gathering of Catholic pilgrims in the country. A highlights reel of 3 cities in as many days; travelling by train, coach, trams had made for a hectic pace, and it came as a relief to spend a lazy day in Porto before flying back to London.

That’s not to say that Porto had little to offer. Quite the contrary. From the moment the train emerged from the pitch-black tunnel to reveal a bird’s eye view of Rio Douro and her graceful arched bridges; Porto wowed me with the faded opulence of her medieval walls covered in hand-painted azulejo, the rustic charm of her hole-in-the-wall taverns, the prettiness of her pastel houses carved into hills that stopped short of the promenade, and the joie de vivre that one gets from sipping Port Wine by the riverbank from dusk till dawn. Porto, in short, was like a pop-up book of life’s greatest pleasures, laid out for the languid perusal at the tip of this lazy reader’s fingers. This is my photo diary from Porto I hope that it captures the sultry, sun-drenched, soirée I enjoyed during my last day in Portugal.



August 30, 2018

Porto, Portugal: A Lazy Day in Porto

Much Ado About Doing Nothing: A BLISSFUL LAZY DAY IN PORTO, PORTUGAL Porto   was the perfect antidote to my short but ...

Sintra, Portugal: A Day Trip to See the Famous Castles & Palaces of Sintra

When in Lisbon you must make a day trip to see the famous castles of Sintra. Here are the best palaces & castles to visit in Sintra, Portugal.


THE CASTLE CIRCUIT: THE PALACES OF SINTRA, PORTUGAL, YOU MUST VISIT AS A DAY TRIP FROM LISBON
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Castles rising from rippling mountains. Palaces peeking out from peaked pine hills. Mansions encircled by exotic gardens brimming with luscious flora. Ruins coated in lichen and moss. It’s no exaggeration to say that the picturesque town of Sintra, the Moon Hill, is like a jewel box, especially when you realise that this tiny town is full of gems: a glittering collection of national monuments ranging from colourful castles, gothic mansions, Moorish fortresses, and imposing palaces. 

Back in the day, Sintra was the playground of the nobility and elite for the fresher air, cooler climate (thanks to the town’s elevated position in the hills of Serra de Sintra) and evocative landscape. These enticed the 1% to build the exquisite homes and gardens which form the famous “palace circuit” that have established Sintra as the must-do side trip from Lisbon. You’ve seen my pictures from when I visited Pena Palace (left), here are the other palaces and mansions I saw, as well as how to make Sintra a day trip from Lisbon and how to get around this beautiful town.


VISIT PORTUGAL • PARQUES DE SINTRA 
June 15, 2018

Sintra, Portugal: A Day Trip to See the Famous Castles & Palaces of Sintra

THE CASTLE CIRCUIT:  THE PALACES OF SINTRA, PORTUGAL , YOU MUST VISIT AS A DAY TRIP FROM LISBON 🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹 ...

Sintra, Portugal: Pena Palace

No need to adjust your sets: the famously colourful Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal; is indeed a technicolour dream castle. Read more on Posh, Broke, & Bored.



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Pena Palace is a sight that seems all too familiar even to those who have never been to Sintra, Portugal. The utter wackiness of this castle - a hedonistic hodge-podge of architectural styles and colours that resembles a box of oversized crayons - has more than made the rounds on postcards (and its modern day equivalent: the holiday snaps on social media) to the point where many who cross the threshold of this famous palace for the first time are struck by deja vu. But unlike a dream, the reality of Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal; is more fantastical, more lurid, and more unbelievable than the imagination can conjure...

VISIT PORTUGAL • PARQUES DE SINTRA 


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June 11, 2018

Sintra, Portugal: Pena Palace

NO NEED TO ADJUST YOUR SETS:    THIS TECHNICOLOUR TRIP IS ALL REAL.   #NOFILTERNEEDED  😳 😱 😍 Pena Palace is a sight tha...

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

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Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City


IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAITHFUL: FOLLOWING THE PILGRIMS TO FATIMA, PORTUGAL'S HOLIEST CITY


Now, let me preface this with the disclaimer that I am neither here nor there on religion, that is, I’m not quite a heretic destined for eternal damnation nor am I meek enough to inherit the earth; but rather one of the “fence-sitters” of the religious world - an agnostic. I’m not foolish enough to believe only what I can see with my own eyes yet I also possess a healthy dose of skepticism - the latter of which I believe to be my form of self-preservation, because, well, you can’t be disappointed or let down by something you didn’t truly believe in, can you?

But whatever my fluctuating position on faith, religion, and divinity, what I witnessed in Fatima, Portugal; was nothing short of a modern day miracle.


VISIT PORTUGAL •  SHRINE OF FATIMA

June 08, 2018

Fatima, Portugal: A Day Trip from Lisbon to Portugal's Holiest City

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Lisbon, Portugal: 24 Hours in Lisbon

24 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal by Posh, Broke, & Bored



24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO

Summer is nearly upon us in the Northern Hemisphere which, for the adventurous but time-pressed, means sun-soaked city breaks. No continent is better suited for a “little in-out” than Europe. But first; an anecdote that may go some way to explaining my “too much” gene. A few weeks ago mummy dearest travelled all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (where we are from) to London...just for the Chelsea Flower Show. Upon realising that crossing 8 time zones over a 13 hour flight just to look at some plants seemed like much ado about nothing, she decided to make the most of being on my side of the world by visiting a country she’d never been to before - Portugal. And so, we spent a week in Lisbon, Sintra, Fatima, and Porto; which I can assure you was far more fulfilling than perusing peonies or contemplating chrysanthemums (oh, and did I mention that I suffer from severe hayfever? Kill me). I digress. Whether or not you have EXTRA AF family & friends visiting or just fancy nipping over for a change of scenery, here is my guide on WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO WITH 24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.


June 05, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal: 24 Hours in Lisbon

24 HOURS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL WHAT & WHERE TO EAT, STAY, SEE, AND DO Summer is nearly upon us in the Norther...

Olá Lisboa! Eating in Lisbon.


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When shopping for a city break which itinerary reads something like 'Eat. Sleep. Eat. Repeat' it is recommended that one buys clothing at least two sizes up. Belt and knot tightly when needed ie. when taking outfit photos such as above, and let out after one decadent meal too many.

I've already covered touristy must-dos in Lisbonan off the beaten track-journey south to nudist beach Praia do Meco, and a couple of restaurants; John Malkovich's sleek three floor riverside warehouse behemoth Bica do Sapato and the colourfully cozy hidden gem that is Casa de Pasto. So as far as Lisbon restaurants reviews go I've presented two very different places rather on opposite ends of the gastronomical spectrum. But what about everything in between? Here, I offer all of Lisbon's edible delights that Henry and I got to sample during our three (four?) day stay. Our diet consisted mostly of seafood---I read somewhere that the key to the Portuguese's contentment is hot evenings whiled away with friends and huge pans of clams swimming in garlic white wine sauce---and of pudding, blitzing our way through tarts and ice-cream.
August 29, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Eating in Lisbon.

Topshop shorts / Givenchy bag / vintage sunglasses / H&M slider sandals When shopping for a city break which itinerary reads s...

Até mais Lisboa, Olá Meco!


By our third day in Lisbon Henry and I could no longer bear the stuffiness of the city. Tired of wilting in the heat like the dregs of a London flower market at the end of a summer's Sunday, we cancelled all our plans for the day and escaped 40 kilometres south of Lisbon to the seaside town of Meco. What transpired was an epic journey; first an hour bus ride through the city of Lisbon including an elevated, breathtaking view of the city's aqueducts, then rumbling over the Tagus river on a bridge as we crossed into southern town of Sesimbra. At Sesimbra we waited for another bus to take us to the picturesque mountain town of Santana where we got lost and spent a very pleasant hour wandering through the Portuguese countryside enjoying the fresh mountain air, walking downhill and following the unmistakable scent of the sea breeze as it carried itself to us from Praia do Meco (Meco beach).
August 08, 2014

Até mais Lisboa, Olá Meco!

By our third day in Lisbon Henry and I could no longer bear the stuffiness of the city. Tired of wilting in the heat like the dregs of...

Olá Lisboa! Casa de Pasto

Back to the very protracted affair that is my Lisbon blog posts. While I did spend some of my Lisbon city break doing things of a touristy nature, most of the trip was devoted to the pursuit of gastronomical delights. What else could we do, really, the languid heat of summer makes one want to only eat, sleep, and go to the beach. And go to the beach we did, but that's a blog post for another day.  In the meanwhile Henry and I sought out Lisbon's best restaurants, from the fashionable Bica do Sapato to family-run seafood and beer taverns to two-hundred year old pastry shops. One of my favourite discoveries, and also the most creative and most visually stimulating is Casa de Pasto.  

August 06, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Casa de Pasto

Back to the very protracted affair that is my Lisbon blog posts . While I did spend some of my Lisbon city break doing things of a tourist...

Olá Lisboa! Being a tourist in Lisbon

It's no secret that my Lisbon city break didn't exactly go the way I planned no thanks to me forgetting about one little but extremely important detail: the hot weather. It was far too hot in the day to walk around the city as we did in Rome, and no this had nothing to do with temperature it was about lack of mental preparation (I did fine in Cuba, didn't I?). Henry and I are by no means unacquainted to the sun and heat; he's travelled through African desert and I grew up in tropical Malaysia but you know the saying 'When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.' Perhaps 'fail' is a bit harsh in this instance, we may have missed out on visiting the Castle of St. George, Aqueduto das Águas Livres, a couple of museums and quite a few cafés, riding the iconic no.28 tram, but we did see some (and ate most) of Lisbon. Anyway, here are some of the more touristy things to do when in Lisbon, not including where to eat, that I'm saving for a different post but in the meanwhile there's my blog post about John Malkovich's fashionable riverside restaurant Bica Do Sapato.

When in Lisbon:


Walk around the city and admire the architecture, especially the balconies and the azulejo---Portugese painted tiles---adorning seemingly every building.
July 31, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Being a tourist in Lisbon

It's no secret that my Lisbon city break didn't exactly go the way I planned no thanks to me forgetting about one little but ext...

Olá Lisboa! Eating John Malkovich* at Bica do Sapato

*or rather 'Eating at John's Malkovich's'. You'll see.


Finally, my long-awaited blog posts on Lisbon! But first, the prologue...
July 30, 2014

Olá Lisboa! Eating John Malkovich* at Bica do Sapato

*or rather 'Eating at John's Malkovich's'. You'll see. Finally, my long-awaited blog posts on Lisbon! But firs...