Friday Round Up…

November 2, 2012

I haven’t much time to blog todays post due to the upcoming Eco Wedding Fair (tomorrow!!) but I thought I share a few links that I have loved recently…

A look at a New York family’s hurricane experience

I want to stay here

I wish I wasn’t so tall, these shoes are just amazing

This post is me, Clueless forever

I want to live here I do love Portugal

This bedroom nook is so gorgeous

I love this post on blogging and transparency

The REAL Simpsons – so good!

Have you seen the new Chanel No. 5 site? It’s great, despite Brad. Seriously… WTF?

Have a great weekend!

x

(image from here)

Portugal – Ferragudo

October 14, 2011

My last Portugal post I promise…

On our last night in Portugal my Husband and I went for a drive to find this town, I read that it had a pretty old town and that it should be seen before it got more developed. So off we went.

I am so glad we did but gutted we didn’t find it sooner, isn’t that always the way!

It had a typical Mediterranean square filled with restaurants, I so wanted to spend a night here just eating and drinking with friends.

We could only heard Portuguese people so either all the tourists had gone or this is where the locals hang out.

We found another dream, a bar that looked super cool but all closed. How fun would that be!

Across the way you can see Portimão, a place I did not like full of high-rise hotels and tacky bars, but you can just about see the Marina where we found a great spot, which is also featured over on Full as an Egg here and here

But the main reason we were sorry we didn’t find it sooner was because of on little stretch of restaurant right on the harbour, all selling fish straight from the sea.

They all had menu boards with todays catch, which you pay for by weight. They all had kitchens on the side of the harbour, so the fish was really really freshly cooked.

We so wanted to eat here!

One thing I loved about Portugal was seeing lots of groups of old gentlemen sitting around smoking and talking. It made me smile. Just sitting in the sunshine.

There are cute seats everywhere just for this purpose 🙂

This house reminded me of a 70’s bathroom… cute but horrid at the same time!

We walked up a huge hill through the old town, which was so pretty, and found this huge amazing church.

It also had a beautiful lavender garden in front of it, beautifully landscaped and well-tended.

From there we spied a castle that we saw from the marina the day before… so we went to have a look, walking over this beautiful deserted beach.

It looks like it was an old fort, and we thought it must be a place you could visit… like you can in England.

But getting closer we realised it was a private house! A huge massive castle was someones house! They had gates that led onto the beach, so amazing!

We spoke to some locals about it and it is owned by a Portuguese man who we were told paid a lot of money for the building.

Lucky him.

Loved the beach, completely free from tourists as there were no facilities whatsoever.

There were boats and fisherman’s huts everywhere.

Then we went back to the square, even if we couldn’t spend a night having fun here I wanted to stay for a little while.

So my Husband got me a sundae. I was so happy.

What is it about strawberry ice cream that makes you feel like a small child again?

You should definitely visit Ferragudo if you ever go to the Algarve. It is more developed than I thought it would be and opposite the old town the other side is covered in brand spanking new apartments, but escape that and the town is so lovely.

I want to go and spend a weekend here one day and not leave, just eating fresh from the harbourside kitchens and drinking wine with my Husband in the bustling square.

Massive Swoon!

Portugal – Porches

October 13, 2011

Porches is a cute little village just outside of Lagoa, and surrounding the village are a ton of shops selling pottery.

I loved the cute little streets here, and the feel of it being a real place not a tourist attraction, there were just a couple of cafe/restaurants and a school and a doctor’s surgery.

All over POrtugal there are so many beautiful ruins.

And another beautiful church.

 

One day when I am making my dream kitchen I will return to Porches to buy some tiles. They are so pretty.

I want some mermaids for my bathroom too!

I absolutely loved this pink fat lady, they even did small ones but they were about £800 so we decided to skip that!

This was a great pottery studio, with very modern designs.

I adore their till!

I really would like a sign for my house!

And some sardine tiles or maybe a print for the kitchen.

Love, and must remember when one day we do make a dream kitchen that Portugal is the place to go.

Portugal – Silves

October 12, 2011

Another blog post another beautiful town in Portugal!

This was a town a little way inland called Silves, which of course I loved! It was a proper old town with squares, hills, majorly cute houses, a huge castle and best of all a building my Husband and I fell in love with and dreamt about opening it as a hotel, how cool would that be?

Again I doubt I would feel the same in the height of season as there was a huge car park by this river for coach trips, seemly the town is geared up for tourists, but on this day we seemed to be very few.

The first reason I loved this town? There was bunting everywhere!

A leafy square, perfect for a morning cappuccino or an early evening beer.

I loved the cute yellow and blue houses in older parts of towns.

And I loved the huge white churches, so pretty against the perfect blue sky.

We had a wander around the castle for about £3 and looked at the beautiful views of the surrounding valley, there were a lot of vineyards around.

Our hotel.

Come on you have to admit, it’s perfect! A huge building that goes far further than you can see, with a covered terrace for the restaurant…

And a huge leafy garden to the right, ripe for a pool!

Okay I am dreaming… but it would be an amazing place for a hotel.

Another gratuitous shot of my Husband and I.

I love his hat!

Portugal – Carvoeiro

October 11, 2011

So I have finally finished my Portugal blogs… I found so many cute places I have to share them with you.

I love Portugal, we went in September, just out of season which I think helped as it was very quiet. I definitely would not have liked the town we stayed near if it had been full of other tourists.

We stayed just outside of a small seaside town called Carvoeiro.

The centre of the town seemed to be two roads of bars and restaurants next to a beach with a further strip leading up out of the town to a few resorts.

The centre was my favourite part. And we ate at a great restaurant overlooking the beach called Onze twice! Check my blog over on Full as an Egg.

And if you left our villa and walked away from the direction of the town you find a secret smugglers beach, which you can only access through this cave…

It was beautiful and deserted, apart from a guy in a hammock, which is the tiny orange dot in the photograph above. He must be crazy!

We watched a great sunset from the cliffs above here.

Carvoeiro at night was beautiful.

My Husband and I at dinner, love this photograph of us!

Such a great holiday. I definitely love Portugal… more cute towns coming!