An afternoon in Mafra: from a 300-year old palace to a miniature village

An afternoon in Mafra: from a 300-year old palace to a miniature village

The rain had just cleared out when we got in the car to go to Mafra on Sunday afternoon. “Get your kicks on Route 66” was playing on the radio and it was as if everyone knew we were going on another road trip. Initially the plan was simply to go to see the Mafra … Continue reading “An afternoon in Mafra: from a 300-year old palace to a miniature village”

A pop up Pho restaurant in a forgotten Lisbon Palace

A pop up Pho restaurant in a forgotten Lisbon Palace

Illustration by Sarah Campbell “Stop whatever you’re doing, there is a temporary Pho restaurant right near our house!” – I messaged Nick the other day, when I found out a Vietnamese restaurant had temporarily settled on a street below ours. I walk past the Sinel de Cordes Palace every day and the last few months … Continue reading “A pop up Pho restaurant in a forgotten Lisbon Palace”

Surviving without a GPS in the villages of Portugal’s Centro Region

Surviving without a GPS in the villages of Portugal’s Centro Region

I’ve been planning an unplugged weekend for a while and I thought a visit to a few remote villages would be the perfect opportunity to go without internet for a bit. It was easier said than done, while I managed to survive without checking any social media for 48 hours it was getting lost in … Continue reading “Surviving without a GPS in the villages of Portugal’s Centro Region”

An afternoon in Tomar, a Knights Templar city

An afternoon in Tomar, a Knights Templar city

If your foreign friends come to visit you in Lisbon more than once, odds are you are sick of showing them Sintra, Belém or Cascais. You both want to see something new and exciting, but your bucket lists won’t always match. Too far, too seasidy, too small, too expensive – we were struggling to find … Continue reading “An afternoon in Tomar, a Knights Templar city”

Hidden and not so Hidden Gems around Lisbon

Hidden and not so Hidden Gems around Lisbon

“STOP, you can’t go any further” – I shouted out to my dad before his car almost got stucked in the middle of nowhere. We were struggling to get the car around in a narrow street and at the moment I wished I had never got us into it. My mom was stressing out and … Continue reading “Hidden and not so Hidden Gems around Lisbon”