happy new year

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and happy kings’ day! hope you had a wonderful holiday season. after christmas in turks & caicos, julia and i flew home to portugal, just in time for new years eve, and spent it by the fireplace, with our family, and pretty stoked about my sister‘s engagement news – what a great start of the year for our family!

i’ve been having a very cold, but amazing week in lisbon, catching up with friends and spending time with loved ones. julia and i will be here for a couple of more weeks. it took her a while to get used to wearing clothes and shoes! i think it’ll take her a little longer to walk, since she’s used to having a lot more freedom moving around. she’s loving all the attention…gets clapped pretty much all the time, and that makes her day!

ps – last year

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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.

a few things {lisboa}

a few shots from the last couple of weeks in ah-mazing lisboa…

view from one of lisbon’s seven hills

a day trip to fatima

creative wall decorations in a parking lot in chiado

foggy day at the praca do comercio, in downtown lisbon

simple, yet perfect christmas candle

view of the tagus river during family lunch at ibo, a mozambican / portuguese favourite

a morning break for coffee and chocolate cake at the sunday market in lx factory

view whilst chatting with a friend after breakfast at origem, one of the new all organic spots

love walking on the calcadas, sidewalks of lisboa…ok, not the best for high heels, but so charming

ps – see a couple more here and here