I am in Portugal

I am in Portugal and I have left my laptop at home in London! Even though I was planning to take my laptop with me I have just realised (the week before, at the time I am writing this post) that it would take up too much of my time. Honestly not feeling like spending hours on my laptop. Not when I can just be in the moment enjoying Portugal.

Even though I love working on my laptop when I am at my mum’s new house! There is something special about working on a long wooden table by the terrace with a sea view.

Once I get back I will have enough time to come back here and write to you guys about all the stuff I got up to during the week. In the meantime there is Instagram! I intend to post stories frequently while in Portugal. This way you don’t miss me too much.

This time I am not going alone so I am quite excited about traveling. And a lot less anxious!

We have plans for pretty much every day and might even be filming some of it. If my boyfriend isn’t feeling too lazy we will get a YouTube video at some point in the future. I have booked theater tickets and a visit to the 360 panoramic view of Lisbon. We will also be spending a night in Sesimbra so we get two days of driving around the area. The last couple of days will be spent in the best house in Ericeira.

If the weather allows it we will also spend time sunbathing at the beach, on the terrace or at the hotel infinity pool!

I realise we will be running a pretty tight schedule with all we have planned to do in just a few days but still we will try to spend some quality time catching up with friends and family.

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Tagus River

My Secret Trip to Lisbon

Yes. I did it. After thinking about it several times before I finally had the guts to go to Lisbon and not tell anyone about it.

It was my first holiday with a friend and I took her to meet my lovely city, Lisbon.

Being a tourist in my own city was amazing. We used public transport and Uber a lot, visited some of my favorite places and even discovered new ones.

We stayed in a very central hotel and loved the place. The beds were so good that we were fine with an average of just 5 hours’ sleep per night.

Day One:
We dropped the bags at the hotel as it was too early to check in and headed to Belém for lunch. We had steaks with river views at Portugália. Grabbed some “pastéis de Belém” and visited the tropical gardens nearby. We got a Uber back to the hotel as we were super tired then and needed to recharge our internal batteries to be OK for the night ahead of us.
Tagus RiverSteak at Portugalia

 

 

 

 

Casinha ChiadoTemplarios Bar XPTOLater we had a light dinner at Chiado before our big night out with live music at Templários bar with XPTO.The show was incredible and the fact that we can smoke inside mind-blowing for my friend. Even though we were tired we stayed up until pretty late that night.

Day Two:
OceanariumParque das NacoesWe spent endless hours at the Oceanarium and strolled around Parque das Nacoes enjoying the sunshine. I was pretty much dead by the end of the day and needed to lay in bed for a quick nap before going out for dinner. We had a lovely fondue, good wine and chocolate mousse for dessert in great company. The conversation flow was great even with the non-fluent English.

Day Three:
Alfama Street ArtBasilica da EstrelaThe 28 tram! What a mission it is nowadays to get to ride on it. I used to take this to and from school every day and I swear it was not nearly as busy. We still did it but it was not the best experience. We visited Basilica da Estrela and got the stairs all the way to the rooftop. Back on the 28 we headed to Alfama and from there we walked to get the boat to the other side. It was a cute short boat ride on the old “cacilheiro”. It was cool we got an old boat and not the new ones that might be faster but like in character.

CacilheiroCosta da Caparica BeachWe used Uber from Cacilhas to my favorite beach. We had lunch at the beach bar and decided to walk a few miles back to town by the sea. Walking made us hungry so we ate some “caldo verde” (cabbage soup) and “pao com chourico” (bread with chorizo). I thought I wasn’t going to be hungry to have dinner but after a spa session back at the hotel and close to 11pm I decided I wanted to have dinner! Got Sanam to put on some clothes and we walked around the corner for delicious burgers and Caipirinhas at Honorato.

Day Four:
Galapos BeachBeachWe were lucky enough to get our own personal tour guide for the day. He drove us around the Arrábida area, we walked the most beautiful beaches, visited cape Espichel and Sesimbra castle. Chilled at the beach before a dinner of grilled sandwiches with the most entertaining service. And finally had drinks at Fonte da Telha at a beach bar. I never expected to do so much in one day! I don’t get to visit that area very often so it was amazing to revisit and share it with friends made it even more special.

Cabo EspichelCastelo de SesimbraCabo Espichel

 

 

 

 

 

Day Five:
Sintra! We got there by train and it was an easy and cheap journey. The first stop was Quinta da Regaleira and the queue was of a decent size. We walked around one of the most photographed places in Portugal and enjoyed it. It was my first time there believe it or not. From there we decided to get a Uber to Palácio da Pena and were lucky enough to get one with a panoramic roof! If you’ve ever done that road you will know how amazing that is. The queue for the palace was not as bad and we got in pretty quickly. Visited the palace and after that we were dead and ready to get back to Lisbon.

Quinta da Regaleira Pena Palace Quinta da Regaleira

Day Six:
Easyjet Planetime to go snapIt was time to leave so we chilled at the hotel after a good breakfast at our usual spot around the corner at Delta. We finished packing and checked out. On our way to the airport we stopped at Vasco da Gama shopping center for lunch outside in the balcony with river view. From there it is a quick tube ride to the airport.

It was an amazing break in Lisbon in great company. Cannot wait to do another holiday like this one!

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Praia dos pescadores

Portugal Travel Diary III

This is the last post of this travel diary. Hope you have enjoyed it so far.

Lazy Sunday

CrepeAfter a late breakfast at the local café we headed to a family lunch. That stretched through the afternoon with the conversation flowing.

Once we reached Ericeira we were feeling peckish and ended up at the café again for crepes and milkshakes. Totally skipped dinner after that!

Mad Monday

x-rayWe had a quiet morning and lunch at home before the long day ahead. Afterwards we drove to Lisbon. I had to get an x-ray of my elbow before my second appointment at the hospital. Once that was done we quickly went to collect our passports (not far from the hospital). We got back just in time to see my doctor. The news were not terrible but I will need further treatment. To start off with we had to go buy an elbow brace somewhere else in Lisbon. This is becoming quite an expensive elbow as I have spent over £250 on it already!

Once my elbow affairs were sorted we did some shopping at Decathlon and Zara. We also picked up some of our stuff from my mum’s place (the one closer to Lisbon) before heading back to Ericeira.

Leaving Tuesday

The day was spent with family just enjoying a foggy day at Ericeira. A walk by the beach and an amazing homemade lunch totally made the day. The lobster was delicious!

I was not missing home yet. I felt I could stay a little longer this time. And it’s not just the weather as it is not even that hot at the moment. Can’t really pinpoint why to be honest but I am going to miss Portugal a little more than usual.

sunset at ericeira

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Praia da Gaivota

Portugal Travel Diary II

As promised I am back for a Sunday post.

Alentejo Wednesday

Quinta do Moinho de VentoAfter a good night sleep we headed to Mabi for breakfast. This is the most popular choice in the area for breakfast and it didn’t disappoint.

To soak up the Sun we picked Almograve and stretched our beach towels at Nossa Senhora beach. The water was cold but still we went in for a little bit. After getting all the Vitamin D we went back to Milfontes for lunch.

Farol Cabo SardaoIn the afternoon we went for a little Instagram mission and visited a lighthouse and another beach. No matter how many times we visit this part of Portugal we always discover something new. The beach was stunning and there was no one else there (check my Instagram for pictures).

Back at our room we showered and got ready to go out for dinner. Even though it is September and midweek the restaurants were packed and we struggled to find a table!

Road Trip Thursday

Heading back North we visited a few beaches on the way and it took us all day to reach home in Ericeira.

PatachoThe first stop was at Patacho beach to check out a shipwreck. We visited Pessegueiro Island beach and a few amazing beaches around Porto Covo including Sao Torpes which is known for its hot waters. The water was not exactly hot but it wasn’t as cold as the other beaches.

 

Comporta Beach

Lunch was in Sines and it was pretty good. Last minute we decided to visit Comporta to enjoy the sunshine. This place is pretty spectacular as the stretch of sand is so long you cannot see where it ends.Cais Palafitico

 

Before getting back on the road home we stopped at “Cais Palafitico” in Carrasqueira to take a few pictures. This is quite a picturesque place and worth a visit if you’re around.

Once we reached Ericeira we were super tired! We showered and enjoyed a lovely homemade meal at my mum’s place before bedtime.

Chilled Friday

We didn’t do much all day. Lunch was at a closeby restaurant and the afternoon was spent sunbathing at home on the terrace.

After a delicious dinner at home we drove to a town nearby to spend time with some friends. It was such a nice chat time flew by and we only got back at around 2am.

Family Saturday

My brother and his girlfriend came round for lunch and we had a lovely time catching up over lunch. It is nice to just talk and have no pressures to do “all the things”. Feels good to just relax and enjoy each others’ company.

Home

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Galé Beach

Portugal Travel Diary I

Thought I would do a different type of post as it is the first time I am away since I launched the blog. I even managed to fit my laptop in my hand luggage just to keep you all updated with new posts on the usual days.

This is what I have been up to so far in Portugal:

Travel Day

Luton Airport Rain Drops and Rainbow

We got delayed at rainy Luton and got to Portugal a bit later than planned ending up only reaching the arrivals’ area around 10pm. It had been a long time since we were in Portugal and the family was waiting for us. Even the dog came to the airport! Once we were all hugged out we walked to the rental car place together. Only to find out that as we were quite late they did not have the car we had picked online. We rented Diesel as we are going to travel a bit and Diesel is cheaper here. But Sixt did not let us down and quickly found a car for us. A black and beautiful Audi A1. I am super happy with this one, it is the first time we rented an Audi.

The drive home was quick and when we got home my mum had dinner almost ready. One of my favourites. Fricassé chicken.

Touristy Sunday roam and exploring an abandoned building

Azenhas do Mar Beach

Sunday started a little blue with us feeling a bit uneasy with the fact that we had no plans and no commitments for the day. Soon we sorted that out by deciding to go for a drive to check out the beaches around Sintra and later going to an abandoned restaurant to take some pictures.

First we went for a walk at Azenhas do Mar beach as this is one of my favourite places around Lisbon.

magoito beach

Afterwards we struggled to find a restaurant that had free tables and allowed dogs. Once we found one (at Praia das Macas) the service was so slow that we waited an hour to get our starters. The food was OK but I would not go back due to the poor service.

No longer starving we headed to Magoito beach. Shockingly I had never been there before. It has the most beautiful views! We soaked in the Sun and got some nice shots before we left.

The golden hour was running out so we rushed to the next photo mission place. The abandoned Panoramic Restaurant in Monsanto. The signs outside warn about entering this place as it is strictly forbidden and doing so could lead to spending 3 months in prison. This is a little scary but seeing some kids inside we did not hesitate in going in too.

Panoramico Monsanto

Everything was pretty clean inside and even though the walls are covered in graffiti the place is really impressive. The views of the city are great too. It is a shame that this place is not open for the public to visit legally.

Sunset at Panoramico de Monsanto

I have to say I was a little scared of getting caught as I am not one to just ignore the law and enter private property without authorization. Because of that we ended up getting out pretty quickly and not getting great shots.

At the end of the day we were exhausted!

Admin Monday

As this was the first working day of our time in Portugal we had already planned to go get our passports renewed. We had a bet on how long the wait would be. The bets were between 30 to 46 minutes but we ended up being called less than a minute after we got there! And were out in less than 10 minutes. Great service too as the guy was in good spirits and did everything so efficiently.

With time to spare we tried to book a haircut. And failed! They were booked up for the whole day already.

Portugalia Steak and Egg

Then we moved on to going to the bank to sort out some paperwork. This took a lot longer than expected and we were super hungry by the end of it. Lunch was at Portugália and it was lovely.

It was super hot outside so we decided to go home to get some rest. Later we went to the private hospital for an orthopedic appointment as I was (and still am) suffering from pain in my right elbow. The diagnostic was elbow tendonitis. I will need to go back for a second appointment next week.

Road Trip to Milfontes Tuesday

Praia da Gale Rocks

The plan was to get up early and make a move but we ended up enjoying breakfast in family instead. Our first stop was Praia da Galé just to take some pictures. The easiest access is via the camping site so we walked through it to reach one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. A few shots after we got out of there and gave a lift to a couple of hitchhikers that were leaving the camping site and were heading South.

Milfontes Beach

After lunch we got back on the road towards Vila Nova de Milfontes. We checked in once we arrived and headed to town to do a little shopping before exploring the local beaches. As it was too windy we didn’t do a lot of sunbathing as there was a lot more of “sandbathing” going on instead.

Even though the Sun was pretty much gone I braved into the cold waters of the swimming pool for a little bit before a hot shower.

Dinner was Pizza and Sangria and we loved it. It is so good to be back to one of our favourite holiday spots in the World.

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