Streets of Lisbon

Just a few photos from some wanders round Lisbon this year. Advertisements

Cova do vapor

Yesterday was a national holiday in Portugal (the recently reinstated Corpus Christi). My friend and I decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and take a trip to Cova do Vapor on the other side of the river. It’s not the easiest place to get to from Lisbon to without a car, but it … Continue reading

Lisbon – first impressions

I arrived in Lisbon at the end of September, but didn’t manage to blog immediately as I had to find a place to live then wait for internet to be installed in my flat (for FIVE WEEKS!) Anyway, this is just a quick post to get the ball rolling. In short, I love it here. … Continue reading

The Lake District

Just before leaving the UK, I had a day trip to the Lake District with my family for my brother’s birthday. I hadn’t been since I was a kid, and had always wanted to go back. We stopped at The Dalesman cafe on the way, which was lovely. Loads of vintage decor and kitsch trinkets, … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 4

I made the most of my last morning in Amsterdam. I got up early, said goodbye to Joseph’s goldfish and Meneer De Reiger (the heron who visits his garden on a regular basis) and headed into town with Joseph when he went to work. After that I got a coffee and drank it on the … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 3

On my third day in Amsterdam, Joseph was working so I was left to my own devices during the day. Despite this, he still managed to put on a great breakfast spread before work. Once in central Amsterdam, he pointed me in the direction of a secret church and I went on my way. Begijnhof … Continue reading

Flea Markets in Amsterdam Noord

Two very exciting flea markets in Amsterdam Noord – Van Dijk & Co and Neef Louis. Well worth getting the ferry over from the city centre (although I stayed at my friend Joseph’s house in Noord so it was super easy to get there). I was sensible and limited my purchases to some vintage French DIY magazines, … Continue reading

Voyage to Siracusa

I wrote this on Saturday February 11th but didn’t have internet so couldn’t upload yet. All my trains were delayed as I made my way to Gatwick Airport from York this morning. There was a point when I was stuck waiting at London Bridge staring at the information for the trains to Gatwick – cancelled, … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 8-12

We took the bus to Shangri-La from Dali, feeling more than a little worse-for-wear after minimal sleep the night before. Darcy was horribly hungover and felt sick. When I woke her in the morning she mumbled “Let’s stay here with our friends.” If we hadn’t already booked our bus tickets I think we would have … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 5-7

We took the bus from Kunming to Dali as it was faster than the train. The journey was pretty and uneventful, which suited me fine after the epic train journey to Kunming. We arrived in the early evening and checked into the Hump Hostel, which was nicer than the one in Kunming but we still … Continue reading