Friday, 24 June 2016

Exploring Lisbon

Yesterday my boyfriend and I went on a little adventure. Since he had a day off at work it was the perfect opportunity to explore outside of our city and to just take in Lisbon's beauty.

We decided to go to the Colombo Centre to have lunch and walk around. He was really keen on having Burguer King (we don't have one in our city) and to check in on the new technologies, whilst I just wanted to look at clothes and books (my favourite things) and, indeed, we found all we were looking for there.

I browsed through Bertrand's store to find Marzia's new book but they only had it in Portuguese and I prefer reading in English so I guess I will have to order it online which is a bummer but oh well. Although I did buy a new shirt from Primark which I love!

Afterwards we took the metro to Terreiro do Paço and my boyfriend was delighted (I think he had never been there). It was packed with tourists and rightly so, it is beautiful.
(The big green screen behind the lady is where the Euro games are transmitted live)
We stayed here for a little while enjoying the sun and taking photos and then it was time to make our way to the São Jorge Castle.

We decided to walk there and if you are planning on doing the same thing please take some fresh water with you. It's a long way up and with the sun on your back the whole time it can be quite tiresome. We made the terrible mistake of not taking water with us and we had to stop at a place which sold it for 1€... you can literally buy bottles of water in the supermarket for 20cents, it was stupid of us.

The price to enter the castle varies depending if you are a student or not, your age, etc. We both paid 5€ and it was definitely worth it, the view you get from the top is breathtaking.
Hope you enjoyed all the photos that we took. They weren't that many because I wasn't planning on writing this post and they were also taken with our phones instead of a proper camera (Xperia Z1 and P8 lite) but I quite like how they turned out so I decided to share them here :)

Happy Friday! x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Celebrating Mother's Day!

In Portugal, the first Sunday of May symbolises Mother's Day and this year it so happened to be the 1st of May. It's a new month and a new day to cherish your mother (like you should every day).

To celebrate this occasion my parents decided to go on a picnic. In the past few days the weather has been beautiful and today was no exception. We took our Canon with us to take many pictures and I decided to share some with you.

I'm not usually a big fan of the countryside (bugs, bugs everywhere) but I truly enjoyed this experience. It was lovely to breath fresh air for a change, unlike the polluted city. Most importantly, my mother loved it and that makes me happy :) I look forward to more trips like this.

Happy Sunday! x

Friday, 11 March 2016

Annie Recommends: A Padaria Portuguesa

After almost a year without writing in my blog, the little writing bug has come back. I'm not entirely sure why I stopped - sometimes I don't know what to write about, or I'm just too lazy, or I simply can't find the time to sit down and write about what I want because of university. But here I am again. And I'm bringing you something I don't think I have ever done before - a recommendation.

Trust me, if I take the time to write you this is because I bloody well love this place! It's called 'A Padaria Portuguesa' and you can find it almost anywhere in Lisbon. It's a cute café with a rustic vibe to it, extremely cozy. They serve salads, sandwhiches, every kind of bread and they have a multitude of cakes to choose from.

The first time I went there was to try their brigadeiro cake (probably a poor translation for 'bolo de brigadeiro'), my mouth is already watering. It was so delicious.

More recently I went in there to try their new 'tarte de morango' (again, I don't really know how to translate that haha). I always ask for an orange juice but you could take advantage of their deal of a cake + a coffee for 2€.

If you ever visit Lisbon and don't know where to grab a bite, don't forget my recommendation, you won't regret it!

Happy Friday! x