Category archives: Lisbon

13 Essential Ingredients for a Girls' City Break

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Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but it's a good number today as it's the number of essential ingredients I believe are needed for a great city break with good girlfriends. Feel free to use this as a checklist to get a city break planned with your friends or family. 1. Good girls. I have many good girlfriends but my most recent city break trip[...]

12 hours in Lisbon

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You're searching for an easy, affordable and memorable weekend escape? Well, look no further because I've just come back from Lisbon with a suitcase of suggestions and sunny photos for you. The city has a track record of being overwhelmed with affection from the Travelettes and we’ve written many words about its timeless seaside beauty, stunning street art a[...]

Photo tour through Lisbon

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Let me ask you, which phone do you use? Why that one? What do you like about it? What do you need it for? The question for the perfect phone is on my mind often, I think it has actually become the most important item to bring with me on a trip, more than a laptop, a camera or even a credit card. My ideal smart phone needs to be intuitive to use, take a[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Lisbon

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Some cities just stick with you, they find a place in your heart - you could go back every year and yet discover new things every time. Lisbon is that city to me, and I could probably write a "Travelettes guidebook to Lisbon" filled with curious little details. What to eat, where to buy the best high heels, on which cobbled hills you should rather wear your [...]

Cutting edge street art in Lisbon

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A city with narrow cobbled streets and magnificent but derelict buildings is what you would normally think of when hearing about Lisbon, but the Portuguese capital is gradually turning into a huge gallery for innovative street art. On my way to downtown Baixa last year, I passed by something that surprised me, huge cranes were standing next to a block of onc[...]

Liquor favorites in Lisbon

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Whether you go to Brazil, Russia, France or Portugal, all countries have their own drinking culture and delicious drinks that brings you one step closer to the national culture. If you read the Travelettes bio, you already know about my weakness for a good ol' Brazilian Caipirinha, but I'm no stranger to wine or liquor either. Having spent quite some time in[...]

Music and beach life - Super Rock Super Bock Festival

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As the summer is getting closer, so is the festival period. With so many great festival around Europe, festival passes and plane tickets must be booked soon. This is how my summer started out last year: Take a few of my favorite bands, a beautiful beach, a handful of good friends and cold beer - and you have the perfect festival experience. A weekend of musi[...]

Lisbon, my city of “saudades” or nostalgic longing

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The Portuguese have their own word for expressing the feeling of nostalgic longing for someone or something that one adores and now is lost. They call it “saudades”. This is the feeling that fills me sometimes when I think about places I adore, people I love and experiences I never know if I will see or feel again. New friends, a boyfriend or a crush, new[...]

Santo António: When Lisbon turns upside down

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When I first saw the decorations for Santo António, one of Lisbon's national holidays, my first reaction was that it looks like a German Christmas market, the whole city is filled with lights, decorations and food stands. My Portuguese friends were talking about this day for months, so it had quite a reputation to live up to. The inhabitants of the differ[...]

Portuguese temptations: Cakes in Lisbon

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Dear Travelettes, Let me make a confession: Since I arrived in Lisbon I’ve eaten a cake, or some kind of traditional sweet, every day. That is more than 100 cakes the last few months, something that should make me quite a cake-expert (although it’s not the best preparation for the bikini season). When that is said, I read somewhere if you leave Portugal w[...]