Magical Madrid.

Two things about Madrid stand out to me: how bright and clean it is and also how different the architecture looks compared to Portugal. To be honest, I thought that there wouldn't be much difference between the buildings of the two countries but I was very surprised...

Cascais.

Even now, I still can’t believe it took me this long to discover the glorious beaches along the coast of Portugal not far from Lisbon. Where have I been??? And then there is the gorgeous quaint little town of Cascais that has somehow stolen my heart. I’m a beach lover...

Alfama, a quirky haven with great views.

It's been a while since I've explored new parts of Portugal but a few Mondays ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Alfama district in Lisbon. Alfama is one of the oldest areas in Lisbon that spreads out from the Sao Jorge's castle on the...

How I like to travel.

Exploring and taking photographs are some of the things that I enjoy doing. There’s something incredibly relaxing about being in a new space, in the middle of new culture and taking in the sights slowly. If you ask ten people on the street on...

Sintra.

Stepping into Sintra is like stepping into a magical wonderland where elves and leprechauns exist. At least, it feels like it anyway. It’s a quaint little town, approximately 30 minutes away from Lisbon by train. The trains come fairly often, so...

Where to go? Attractions in Porto.

Porto is such a huge city and like all cities of its size, there are tons of things to see and do. You could spend 2 weeks there and yet fail to explore every nook and cranny of what this lovely city has to offer. I haven't explored it...

Porto, my favourite city in Portugal.

Portugal is the first European country I've ever visited and it certainly won't be the last. With its rich heritage, spectacular architecture and cobbled streets, this small country (by European standards) charms you right from the get-go. As a...

Adapting to foreign cultures during travel.

Every time I visit a different country (not as often as this phrase would have you believe), I love to experience what its local culture has to offer. Beyond the touristy facade, there lies a grittiness or a less-than-romantic perspective to each country that isn't...

A girl can dream – my travel wishlist for 2018.

  Now that 2018 has begun, it's time to think about the different places I could potentially explore within the next 12 months. Mind you, it is a wishlist and it would be nigh impossible to visit all these places given the budget and leave constraints. But dreaming is...

Viseu, so difficult to get to.

I happened to visit Viseu some time back for the purpose of running an errand. Little did I know that my journey that began at 7am in the morning would finally end at 11.30am in the afternoon. Oh. My. Word. Viseu is smack in the middle of the northern half of Portugal...

My love affair with Japan, almost 6 years on.

    I was browsing through my catalog of photographs and stumbled upon my old photos from Japan. I'd taken two trips there in total. Once in December 2011 and another in March 2012, only a few months later. Visiting (and perhaps even living!) in Japan had been one of...

LXFactory and true friends.

There are times when you go through difficult situations in life and nobody quite understands. While there are people who have gone through the same thing that you have, you are unique and your perspective is different. So it was with me the past few months. I was...

Castelo Branco.

As its name suggests, Castelo Branco is a quaint little town that's pretty much stark white (branco means white in Portuguese). There were two main attractions we were interested in which prompted our little day trip. One was the famous Jardim do Paço and the other,...

Almost pickpocketed in Lisbon. #storytime

Lisbon, you're so beautiful. But in the little tourist streets of Santa Apolónia, you are one shady lady. There is a little backstory to this. In fact, it boils down to my misguided sense of exploration and almost complete obliviousness. At...

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