I woke up this morning to a gray and rainy London.
Instantly decided I needed to look at some pictures from the trip my friend Lindsay and I took to Portugal. I’ll start pulling together posts from our trip to Lisbon over the (long*) weekend but in the meantime, here is a little preview. I’d go back to the bright colors and the views, the tiles, the street cats and the blue water in a heart beat.
*Side rant: it is not fair that most of continental Europe still gets two bank holiday weekends in November**. August 25th is the UK’s last holiday until Christmas… Its almost time for the big autumn push. I’m not sure I’m ready.
**I acknowledge that any Americans reading about the amount of holiday we get in Europe may want to take my passport away from me. Let’s just say I’ve “drunk the European Kool-Aid” and am fully hooked on the amount of holiday time you get over here. A good break keeps you sane. A good break lets you explore. A good break lets you read more and catch up with family and friends. The US should jump on the bandwagon.
Sometimes being an expat blogger is hard.
Exhibit A: when just a few weeks before you are supposed to move from Brussels to London you meet the sweetest couple on earth in the form of Annie & Justin from Montgomery Fest. (Please ignore my usual penchant for exaggeration because they really are the sweetest couple.) They are honestly like rays of sunshine. I just wanted to hug them about 10 minutes in and my sense is that’s a very common feeling for anyone who meets them!
I credit Annie with being part of the revolution behind the Brussels blogger scene taking place (she is one of the founders of the super fun Brussels Food Friends series (#BFF)) and admire the serious round of travels they undertook before moving back to the States. And when I say admire, I really mean I struggle with my jealousy…
The Montgomerys have recently moved to San Francisco and, while they are settling in, Annie invited me to write a post about London which I invite you to read here: 10 reasons to fall in love with London.
Be sure to stick around and take a good tour of Annie’s blog, especially her posts on Morocco, Porto, Barcelona, and Flanders – you’ll be hooked like I am in no time.
I have recently returned from 5 glorious days in Lisbon. Lisbon has a kind of lazy buzz about it if it makes any sense. Its buzzing with things to do and see, but it isn’t in any kind of hurry. Bougainvilleas are in bloom everywhere and sometimes you catch a wiff of cinnamon in the air. No one eats dinner until after 9pm. Street cats peak around corners and the graffiti has an artsy-look about it. And people are incredibly friendly despite the fact that you can only really say “hello” and “thank you” (and apparently with a Spanish accent).
I was so looking forward to the trip that for one of the first times in Jessica-history, I didn’t bring my computer with me. In response, my computer has decided to stage a rebellion upon my return and my photo library refuses to open. Cue full-on-blogger-panic and the resulting scenario where I am currently shoving pistachios in my face faster than I can type to distract myself.
Thus, while I sort out my photo library situation, I invite you to take a little virtual vacation to Lisbon with me on instagram (@jessonthames) on this rainy Friday.
Wish me luck at the Genius Bar… and start researching flights to Portugal.
Photos – View from the top of the S. Jorge Castle / Pastel de Nata pastries from Belem / A skirt that matches Portuguese tiles/ Rodeo drive or the Royal Botanical Gardens? / Delicious peppers that almost killed me / Pena Palace in Sintra / Bougainvilleas / Looking out over the Rio Tejo / Walking up to the S. Jorge Castle / Psychedelic pavements / Cobblestone everywhere / Breakfast of champions