With the time we had in Porto, and a definite manifesto of nothing much with a side of custard tarts, we sampled as much of the local cuisine as we could. Especially as we were in the namesake city of my favourite fortified wine. Known as a hub for foodie travellers, for the most part we simply let local recommendations and google guide us, and in the process discovered a few lovely spots to settle… View Post

Portugal: A Peaceful Long Weekend In Porto

Portugal: A Peaceful Long Weekend In Porto

One of the few regrets I had about my long weekend last year exploring Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais was not being able to fit a trip to Porto into the diary. I mean whilst you’re in Portugal, you should be exploring as much as possible, right? Or is that just being greedy? Disclaimer: We were press guests of Cheapflights in Oporto, but all planning, mischief  and thoughts are totally mine (and to be fair, Rebecca’s). … View Post

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal – one of the world’…

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal – one of the world’s most insane castles

Around about this time last year, I scampered off for a long weekend in Lisbon. Not telling anyone that I was off on a solo adventure for the first time in years (the husband was on a boys weekend in Madrid – hilariously in the adjoining country) I girded my loins, arming myself with a tome of printouts + backups on my phone + backups emailed around the world, and settled in for a chilled… View Post

My greatest recent adventure – Solo in Lisbon – March …

My greatest recent adventure – Solo in Lisbon – March Travel Linkup

The sound of nearby accordion music floated through the warm early evening air. The balcony doors of my hotel room were open, letting in the last of the late summer sunshine lazily reflected off the house tiles across the medieval street. The crunch of biscuits was the only jarring note in this simple scene of Portuguese utopia. Well, actually, it was one of my favourite dinners of my long weekend in Lisbon. I had visited… View Post

10 things to do on a Lisbon city break

10 things to do on a Lisbon city break

I’m sitting here on my couch, tea in hand, watching the weather warily as snow has been forecast in London. Snow. In late November. Luckily, I have around 15 billion scarves, a coat as cozy as a duvet and the accumulated commuter knowledge of dashing from pillar to post as quickly as humanly possible in 3°C temperatures. But, only a week ago I was standing in the sun-dappled Rossio square of Lisbon, wearing sandals, t-skirt… View Post