a quick hello from lisbon

a-quick-hello-from-lisbonif you follow me on instagram, you know i’m in lisbon right now. it’s our parents’ 40th wedding anniversary so we secretly flew over and, at 7am, we rang the bell at their house ! needless to say, they were overly surprised, and julia and i super excited to be here and spend this date with them. we’ll be taking it easy here, with lot’s of christmas get togethers, family time and catching up with old friends.

if you’re looking for something to read over the holidays, see a few posts from our trips this past year below… Continue reading

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julia

myseastoryhey friends!  i am so happy to be finally sharing the news – our baby julia was born a couple of weeks ago. it’s been tough, let’s be honest, but we don’t get tired of staring at her and we are filled with a new love that keeps growing every day. james and i are over the moon with her!

ps – this is our new favorite song – julia by the beatles, and she loves it!

i love this city

lisboaa week in lisbon was definitely too short, i always end up having a lot of chores, like meeting my accountant, going to the dentist, laundry, seamstress…doing all sorts of things we don’t have on island. so it gave me little extra time to see my family and closest friends.

still, it is always worth it, and being in the city itself fills me with energy – so i tried to absorve all of the good things i miss about lisbon – riding on the tram, walking on the sidewalks (called calçadas, they are the most beautiful sidewalks on earth!!), looking at the tiles (azulejos in portuguese) and admiring the views to the tagus river!

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the food is always an important component too, and although i always go for fresh fish, shellfish, portuguese pastries, and sushi – there is one favourite spot my portuguese friends know i have to go to – casanova.i-love-this-city-6

i-love-this-city-7it is owned by an italian and located by the river. i’ve been coming here since they opened in 2000, and they have the best pizzas on earth – yes, i feel confident saying it! i like so many of them that i usually order half and half – the casanova, the funghi or the pesto. i love their starters too – the scamorza affumicata, the bresaola, the bruschettas…the home made iced tea is unbeatable, although sometimes i go for the prosecco. and to finish off the panacotta is delicious and light – i know, not in calories though.

oh, life would be so much easier if i had casanova in turks and caicos….

it’s always packed, so it is best to go in between meals.

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ps – you can see other posts from my previous trips to PORTUGAL.

alexandre farto | london

last time in london, whilst walking through brick lane, i stumbled upon this image. at first it looked like a graffiti and then i realized the image was carved on the bulding’s wall.  i find it fascinating!

i soon found out that the artist, alexandre farto, aka vhils,  is a portuguese painter and grafitter, known for his faces sculped on walls. his work can be found on the streets of london, moscow, bogota, new york and la amongst others.

he is also the artist behind the silver elevator in bica, lisboa – remember this post?

first image by me, second via alexandre farto’s website

a little update

hey friends – i know i’ve been a little switched off from my myseastory, but believe me, it’s been hard and i miss it! if you’ve been following my pictures on instagram, you know that i’ve been traveling back and forth from lisbon to the north of portugal, where our wedding is taking place, in just three days!

i’ve had a gazillion things to do, since, even though we are planning a small wedding, it will take place in our family home. plus, catching up with family and friends, whom i haven’t seen since the last time i was in portugal.

the one thing that has helped me relax on my breaks is pinterest – logging on and pinning away has helped me forget any obstacles and stressful moments. some of you might think it’s kind of creepy, but it really helped me switch off from the bride mode and live some inspirational moments.

i am finally in the north of portugal now, the list of things to do is almost empty, james is on his way and so is my family and some friends. i really look forward to friday, seeing james after a month and a half, and enjoying the weekend with those who are closest to us.

ps – i thought i’d share a few images of my days in portugal, head over to facebook if you would like to see some more.