Most days I love my blog. I love photography, I love gettting to know Photoshop better, I love putting together posts that I can look back on later. I love the creative process and I wish I could do more of it. But then comes days, and moments, where it just feels meaningless – and does anyone even visit my little site? Then I click in to one of my favourite blogs and suddenly feel 100 percent inspired again.
Its a bit of a tiring process to be honest. Hence the quiet here sometimes.
Anyway, just needed to get that down in black and white and (hopefully), for now, out of my system.
Regardless if anyone is reading this I’m gonna pop up a few pics from our last day in Portugal and Cascais last year. A wonderful holiday that I’ll remember for a long time.
Around noon we packed up all our stuff and headed down to the nearest café, where we had breakfast/brunch.
Since we weren’t flying back to Paris until that evening we had plenty of time for some more beach-hang! Missing this SO MUCH today!!!
After a few hours it was time to dry the salty water, wipe off the warm sand and leave the beach. We went to a nearby place for a late lunch before getting on the train to Lisboa. Sadly it was the WORST place we went to during the whole holiday, haha.
The setting was nice though, a terrace on a little “place” in the heart of town. And the beers were cold. Only plus points that place gets I’m afraid…
2€90 for a pint. For a PINT. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Paris anymore…
Then we waved by to this paradise before travelling back to a rainy Paris.
Again, in the midst of creating our own little Winter Wonderland here at home, but stopping in to say hello to you guys
We only have a couple more days left of our lovely trip to Portugal to go through, so here’s another little throwback post – to a hungover day in the town of Cascais. Hehe.
As already stated, this was the day after our big night out in Cascais so we were feeling quite fragile. We decided that pizza was the only option for dinner, and wandered to a place not far from where we were staying. Little lizzies everywhere, love ’em.
Loved this graffiti, from 7AM to 7PM, other than that – go wild! Haha.
We made it to a very cute little italian homely place, and sat down inside.
Felt brave, in spite of le hangover, and ordered Peronis…
At every place we went to they put out little cheeses, bread etc at the table when we arrived. What we didn’t know the first time was that if you don’t say no, you pay for it (good little tip while traveling in Portugal). It’s not expensive though, and most of the time, really tasty. Like this little plate of olives, parmesan and pecorino. YUM.
I was a tad tired, but happy non the less. The whole place smelled heavenly!
Lambrettazzurra – a must if you go to Cascais!
We ordered two different pizzas and shared both, they were both absolutely delicious.
Getting a tad hungry just looking at this…
Not only was the food delicious but the couple who worked there (at least, we think they were a couple) were lovely too. There was a small matter of a language barrier, but we worked around it and the chef happily came out and went through every pizza on the menu so that we could make the right choice. So sweet and welcoming!
Afterwards we were stuffed, but couldn’t resist asking for a bit of the homemade cake to take back to bed… One word only: YUM.
I’m just realizing what a HUGE amount of pictures that I haven’t posted yet, out of pure laziness (let’s be honest). Not going to edit all of them, as that feels incredibly overwhelming and will just lead to postponing it even more – but lets hop back to Portugal for one night!
We had wandered past a place called Crow Bar earlier on in the afternoon, it looked rocky and cool so we decided to check it out. The stools boded well.
D. drank cool beer while people smoked out the windows.
I felt right at home
Maybe I should put one of these up here at home for all our guests???? Hehe.
There were lots of shots, most of which I had never heard of.
We befriended the staff ( & owner) and got to try fun alcohols!
After Crow Bar we went to a nightclub called Stairway, things there become slightly fuzzy around the edges to be perfectly honest… I think I befriended some sort of Mafia dude??? Anyway, Cascais showed that it can ROCK!
Taking a quick breather in my, these days, constant prep for Halloween to hope back to the beach in Cascais! I have not yet tired of autumn, but these photos do make me miss the warmth and sunshine…
I find this one hilarious, brave swimmer as I am. Hahaha.
Doing the robot? I hear all the cool kids are doing it nowadays.
Checking for sharks. And other un-savoury characters. Now that’s one happy pig out there. Haha.
Now this one has a completely different beach-style. As I tend to bob around near shore and soak up the sun, he sprints in and then I don’t see him for 20 minutes as he goes for a long discovery-swim. Managed to snap one pic before he vanished for the time being! After our day in Sintra and at the beach we headed back to the apartment, and our little Obrigato <3
A sneaky one… Back at the apartment we had citrusy drinks on the balcony, updated instagram and prepped for a big night out á la Cascais! But more about that another time
Cascais at dusk. Man, do I miss this view.
Now its time to catch up on The Walking Dead, to keep on in the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Boooooo!
Spent this chilly Sunday in my very favourite Sunday way – at a street market! Picked up a bag of fun stuff for Halloween, SO excited to organize and decorate for this years party!!! Now roasting some veggies and cuddling up with my new HUGE tea cup, in front of Jimmy Fallon (who’s Tonight show episodes are all available for streaming I just realised!!!!!) – and looking back at a warmer night in Portugal….
We had heard that the Guincho beach would be great for surfing, and also an all round pretty beach (for peeps comme moi who don’t surf), so one day we took a quick peek at a map and decided to start walking. What we (well, I, I’ve later heard that D. suspected it to be a bit of a hike) didn’t realise was that it was a LOT further than it looked on the map. Add that I ripped open most of my big toe 45 minutes in, and the fact that we never found the damn beach (even after 4 hours ((4 HOURS)) of walking) and well… not our most successful mission maybe! But – it was a pretty gorgeous walk, have a peek:
Found a cool old stone house that had lots about the regions history, and cool canons 😀
Mysterious caves were discovered…
Guincho was our goal (note the dude walking with a practical pack and stick, not sandals and swim wear…), a beach that was definitely NOT 2.5K from this sign!!!! Unless it’s a tiny beach that is easily overlooked?!
Note the plastered up toe, I bravely trodded on after slight blood bath and a few tears.
Got to this spot after 4 hours of walking, took a picture of photographing tourists and sat down to wait for the next bus back.
Not bad for an event hall!!
Finally made it back to Cascais and the beach, where we sat down for cold beers and a burger at John Davids, the place NOT to go to when in Portugal!!! I cannot stress this enough: John David himself was rude and the burger was possibly the worst I’ve had. Ever. Huge disappointment.
In spite of some setbacks on this particular day it really was beautiful!
This one is a bit blurry, but I had to show how close up some of them came! We had a red umbrella that they were utterly fascinated with, at one point all that was separating our hands was a centimetre of glass. So cool.
Then we finally got to go on the cable cars!!!
Which was really quite scary… but face your fears and all that.
But great to see all the animals from above! Like this hippo family for example <3 <3 <3
And that was the end of our day at the Lisbon zoo! A great day
OH! Did you know that the little plus-sign just below here is a like-button?? Hint hint 😉
I’ve spent my day tidying, sewing (put the scissors in grandma’s old trench coat from the 60’s, very scary but came out great!) and mosing around at home. Now I’m listening to The Velvet Underground (was inspired by the Warhol exhibit the other day) and drinking tea, a pretty lovely autumn afternoon if I may say so myself.
Now, for something completely different – a great dinner tip if you’re in Cascais at some point
This place was literally 30 seconds from our place, this pic is taken from our balcony!
Our host told us that they do amazing sea food, so we of course had to try it. Started with fresh cheese on freshly baked bread. Yum.
The (fresh) fish was laid out in the dining room so that you could see exactly what you would be eating.
We ordered a bowl of fish, rice, prawns & clams – served in a delicious broth. Probably the best thing I put in my mouth over there, and we had a lot of yummy food!
Friendly staff, cute interior and AMAZING food!
Since our meal the first time around was so amazing we instantly decided that we had to come back. Here are a few pics from round two
D. started out by spilling a whole glass of very nice wine, oops! Luckily it’s so cheap over there, and the staff didn’t seem too fussed. Also very happy it was white wine and not red!
Clams to start. Yum yum yum.
With little crackers to drown in the buttery sauce…
Then two types of grouper, a fish I hadn’t even heard of before. Here, the fried version.
Accompanied by grilled version of the same, and more of the delicious rice dish on the side.
Absolutely amazing, the second time around as well. Would almost go as far as to say that I would go back to Cascais just to visit this restaurant again. Best seafood I’ve ever had!
I’m just realizing what an absolute mess this blog is. In early June I went to Sweden Rock, from which I’ve posted maybe half the photos? Then I moved on to Hellfest, from which I for some reason just posted all of the pics pretty much in order, AND rapidly at that. Duncan and I visited my family’s country house inbetween the two, something that I think I haven’t even mentioned? Haha! So yeah, needless to say, I have enough snaps for many posts to come. If I can find the time to sit down and get everything down in order they will be coming your way soon… (but I seem to have promised that before?!).
Since I’ve already started on the most recent trip, I guess I’ll keep going on that for the moment.. here comes an un-edited (pro as I am hahaha) batch of pics of – you guessed it – Cascais!
After Boca do inferno, we decided to wander back towards the town centre in search of lunch. Found lots of pretty amazing houses on the way.
For you Swedish readers (ar ni dar??), this made me think of Jonssonligan pa Mallorca for some reason
Stopped for a photosession in front of impressively yellow castle. As you do.
Then we stumbled upon a park, with chickens! Had to be investigated, bien sur.
When we’d said hello to pretty much all the chickens, geese and swans we could find, we finally hit the town center and located lunch. This is how happy I was (very).
Last, but not least, on our busy day schedule we were off to see this!!
Taking a photo of a photo of a photographer; (wait for it) taking a photo. Inception…………
LOVED the private letters, a lost language really.
Another great read, this time adressed to Harry Belafonte. So cool.
A great expo that I thouroughly enjoyed, although my back was aching like a 80 year olds from all the walking. Phew.
Anyway, the next part is our dinner, and that will simply have to wait. Might go pass out on the sofa until the parents get home now… (I’m babysitting, if that wasn’t clear? haha.)