Portugal

Hotels We Love: Palácio do Freixo in Porto

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"When I grow up, I'm going to be a princess and live in a big palace..." a little girl once said to a curious enquirer. Twenty-five years later, in November 2013, that little girl had grown up and her wish was granted in Porto, Portugal, of all places. At least it was granted for three nights. But those three nights were enough thanks to the luxury[...]

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[...]

Baleal Surfcamp: Surf, Sardines and Rock'n Roll

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Recentlty I went to visit Portugal for the first time in my life and immediately had one huge regret: Why hadn't I been there earlier? After the first contact with the sandy beach and my first dip into the ocean I knew that this would defintely not be my last time and I am already now planning my next roadtrip to Portugal this summer. I had come here for the[...]

Discovering Porto

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Having been seduced by its great street art, funky hostels, liquor and allround mysterious atmosphere, I've been yearning to visit Lisbon for a few years now. So imagine my disappointment when I finally managed to negotiate a week off work and can't afford the flight (€650 for a return with easyJet!!!) nor find a free bed in one of Lisbon's funky awar[...]

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 [...]

Testing the waters in Madeira

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I can feel the tender warmth of the sun on my back, from very far I hear the waves bashing against the rocky coast. My lips are still salty from swimming this morning. Lazily, without moving a bone, I open my eyes to discover, that I am not the only sluggish being around. Only a few centimetres away is a gecko - sunbathing. Motionless, like myself, it is lin[...]

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[...]

The Green Holiday

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Growing up in a small town as a child, I never really thought too much about where the vegetables at the supermarket came from. Even though I had spent parts of my holidays in the Norwegian mountains and at the seaside, harvesting my own food was limited to picking berries from bushes and going fishing with my dad. Throughout the years, I've become more and[...]

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[...]

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