September 12, 2015

Belgium & Lisbon

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I’m lucky to have gone on two city breaks this year, one to Lisbon and One to Brussels. I forgot to blog about them but I really enjoy writing about travel on this blog, so wanted to make sure I posted my pictures – my blog is my online diary after all.

BRUSSELS (and a day in Bruges)

Our trip to Brussels was actually a birthday present from my boyfriend WHICH WAS VERY NICE INDEED. I would take an “experience” over a material object any day. Getting there was a super quick and easy Eurostar journey away. It looks about two hours and we only had to arrive an hour before the train so it just seemed like a MUCH quicker journey than flying. We got there so quickly, the Air B’n’B near the tube station the other side, so it actually took me less time to get to Brussels than it normally does to get to Devon where my parents live. Good to know it’s so easy to get away from the stresses of London is 2 hours, just like Paris and for a relatively cheap price, too. The Air B’n’B flat was a good location, right next to Workshop café which was good for coffee breaks, and had a gorgeous dinner at Beaucoup Fish (MOULES-FRITES, people), then a really nice bar called Flamingo afterwards, and we sat outside while it’s still warm. I also had the most orgasmic Caprese salad of my life (see below for pic) but I can’t remember the bloody name of the café hopefully I will remember. Along the street where I tucked into that fluffy mozzarella the street had turned into a mini street party where speakers were lined up playing reggae and disco music while the sun shone. It was blissful. Eurostar + Air B’n’B = my faves.

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LISBON (and other places in Portugal)

A few months ago I went on holiday to Portugal with my amazing family for some DOWN-TIME. After spending a week with them, lots of lovely dinners and a waterpark outing, me and Paul snuck off for a few days to explore the city via a train that took about two hours. The views were staggering and I loved walking around the big squares, especially the beautiful Rossio square, doing some shopping, and sunbathing by the water while acoustic musicians lined the embankment. We did some touristy things like going to Pastel de Belem to get the world famous custard tarts – and going up to the Sky Bar for a drink because the view was stunning, even if a pint of beer was $$$$$. I really enjoyed the city, all the little cobbled side streets and of course THE WEATHER.

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