Portugal

A Complete and Honest Guide to Getting a Portuguese Visa (Part Duas)

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How to get a visa in Portugal… Part Duas (2) As I typed the words “how to get a visa” I had to laugh at how straightforward the title sounds, and how opposite the actual process is. But here we are. We’ve arrived at part two of my journey towards a legal life in Europe. Portugal is my chosen destination, and a freelancer’s visa is my golden ticket. At least[...]

Picture Perfect Wine Country... in Portugal

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I like wine. Not in a “Why yes, monsieur, if I spit this out of my mouth, I get a lingering sensation of toasted chamomile and tree bark” kind of way. But I enjoy a nice glass of wine. When I was in the US, I liked visiting local vineyards (shoutout to Big Cork Vineyards for making miracles happen in Maryland! YES, Maryland!) and I even made my way to Napa t[...]

The Little Luxury Every Traveler Deserves

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Flowers and date night. Two of the (many) pillars on which my relationship stands. I feel so strongly about flowers, that I interrupted a perfectly great evening in the heart of Lisbon to stand in the middle of a plaza and argue about the simple significance of flowers, with my boyfriend Kris. While I don’t recommend my tactics, I don’t regret defending lif[...]

How to spend the perfect family weekend in Cascais, Portugal

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Last week we published a post on how best to travel to Lisbon with children and one of the recommended to do's was a day trip to Cascais. Today I want to follow up and give you some more details on how to spend a great weekend in Cascais, especially if you have kids, since it really is a great destination for some fun days with the whole family. Even[...]

Portugal: the ultimate winter escape for families in December

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People, I have a secret. A true insider tip and an answer to a question my timeline is full off once the end of summer rolls around. The question is: What's an easy to get to place that is still warm in December? The answer is here, friends. It's Portugal. The Algarve is a lovely stretch of land in the South of Portugal that  will usually still get over 20 d[...]

Top tips for Lisbon with kids

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Lisbon and I have quite some history together and the better part of it evolves around me as a mother. It was here that I came when my son was only 4 months old. The place I chose to spend the first leg of winter in as by no means I was keen to spend it in Germany. At the time, this was in 2014, I had rented an apartment in Graca, walked around lots, took sh[...]

DONA - Lisbon's most beautiful boutique hotel

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When traveling, you sometimes find great places and other times, they find you. That's what happened late last year when a small, newly open apartment hotel in Lisbon's district of Graça got in touch to invite me to stay with them if I'd ever be in the neighbourhood. By some wonderful coincidence I was in fact going to be in Lisbon just 2 weeks later and was[...]

7 Reasons to Fall in Love with Portugal

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Portugal captured my imagination when I heard it was one of the sunniest countries in Europe. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Portugal is a captivating destination with a vibrant culture, striking scenery, rich history, flavorsome foods and friendly locals. I traveled there in April for three weeks and absolutely adored it. There are many reasons w[...]

Travelling by Colours: the Lisbon Guide

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One very specific childhood memory of mine is how much I loved the colour contrast of the neighbours' pitch black dog and its neon-pink leash. I would literally sit at my window and wait for their morning walk, just to catch a glimpse and get inspired. I’m not waiting for that dog anymore, but colours still totally do their thing for me. Especially when I le[...]