Photo Essay: Lisbon’s Road to the Orient

Lisbon is famous for the old medieval quarters and romantic balconies with fresh washed laundry… But the city also has a more modern side to it: The former industrial area in Lisbon’s east had a bad reputation until it was completely remodeled for the world exhibition Expo in 1998. Since 1998 was the 500 year … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Lisbon’s Road to the Orient”

The Dilemma of (Fake) Fantasy Travel

I few weeks ago, I finally gave in to the social media circus and signed up for Pinterest. One of the very first things I did, naturally, was checking out the travel category. Besides the 4569 photos of different angles of the Eiffel Tower, I found places I’ve been to, places I’d like to go to, … Continue reading “The Dilemma of (Fake) Fantasy Travel”

5 Things You Really Should Do in Lisbon

I love Lisbon. I fell in love with the gorgeous Portuguese capital more than four years ago and this love has been growing stronger ever since. The five months I lived there in 2011/2012 have been filled with enduring sunshine, wonderful people and abundance of indescribable beauty. I dream of moving back every day! Although Lisbon is the … Continue reading “5 Things You Really Should Do in Lisbon”

Photo Essay: Porto’s Colorful Ribeira

Although nothing compares to my beloved Lisbon, Porto may be just as pretty… It’s so Portuguese, yet so different from Portugal‘s capital that it repeatedly took my breath away. The Ribeira do Porto is the old heart of the city on the riverside of the Douro river. I think I will never get sick of staring at … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Porto’s Colorful Ribeira”

Photo Essay: Flying Umbrellas in Évora

This was just one of those perfect little moments when you enter an unknown street in a city you have never been to before and it surprises you – with an installation of colorful umbrellas hovering over a little square to offer the restaurants in it shade from the hot Portuguese summer sun… In Évora, a … Continue reading “Photo Essay: Flying Umbrellas in Évora”

What Happens in Lagos…

During our last weeks in Lisbon my friend Kathi and I really wanted to see one of THE most famous places in Portugal that everyone has been raving about… After having fallen in love with the Algarve in October, we were eager to return and looking forward to finally experiencing Lagos – the city with … Continue reading “What Happens in Lagos…”

10 Things I Love Most About Portugal

Without further ado – I love Portugal. Here are the ten things I adore the most about this amazing country Sunsets. Portugal has the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever seen… I never got sick of taking pictures. Especially in combination with palm trees. Pastries. Pastéis de nata – so heavenly, no words could describe… … Continue reading “10 Things I Love Most About Portugal”

Portugal’s Algarve – A Dream Come True

Do you have this one spot in the world, where you would like to spend your retirement? I do. Definitely. Portugal’s most gorgeous coastline is where all dreams of surreal beautiful beaches, rough sublime waves and the most incredible rock formations combine… I know, there a bazillion amazing beaches out there, but I’m convinced that … Continue reading “Portugal’s Algarve – A Dream Come True”

My Semester Abroad in an Undeservingly Short Summary

Oh, how should I ever be able to summarize my semester in Portugal adequately, and squeeze one little blog post – even my original tumblr on my time in Lisbon didn’t even cover half the wonderful experiences I had in those sun-filled five months. I will try to keep it short: After a rather elaborate application process, … Continue reading “My Semester Abroad in an Undeservingly Short Summary”

Portugal – Love at First Sight

My good friend Carola and I had been thinking about a grand vacation for a while back in 2008, when she remembered that she met a Portuguese girl at an international youth event a few years back: Cláudia had invited her to come visit her in her home town Porto, in the north of Portugal, … Continue reading “Portugal – Love at First Sight”