Have you ever had one of those trips where everything you try to do doesn't quite work out? That was Porto for us. The museum we wanted to visit was closed, the restaurant we'd chosen was full, there was an hour's wait for the Clérigos Tower. So instead of what… Read more of "A not quite perfect weekend in Porto"
Vegetarians, I'm sorry but Portuguese food isn't really for you. Lisbon's restaurants are all about the meat and fish. Fresh sardines on outdoor grills, juicy steaks in soft Madeira bread for lunch, octopus salad to start, chouriço sausages hanging in kitchens (plus the occasional salad). There's a couple of things… Read more of "What to eat in Lisbon (and where to find it)"
Lisbon is covered in graffiti. There are tags on the crumbling homes of Mouraria, colourful paintings on the streets of Barrio Alto and huge murals on the abandoned buildings of the business district. Rather than being seen as a nuisance, street art is encouraged here, some of the pieces have… Read more of "A street art guide to Lisbon"
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that we ate a lot of pasteis de nata in Lisbon (some would say too many). These custard tarts are a staple in Portugal and you'll find them everywhere. When they're good, the pastry is crispy and flaky, and filled with a… Read more of "The best pasteis de nata in Lisbon"
And, now, for something a little different ... we're in Europe! It took about five minutes for me to fall in love with Lisbon, with its cobbled streets and tiled buildings, sun-filled squares and shady alleyways. For the last month we've been staying in Mouraria on the third floor of a… Read more of "Welcome to Mouraria, Lisbon"