Hi guys! I am back in the studio again after several weeks of traveling for a couple of exciting work assignments – first to Miami for a new interior design project (will show you more on that soon), and most recently to Marrakech on a small purchasing-slash-shenanigans trip with a very dear friend. Before that, I was in Mallorca with my family for a little getaway for my 30th birthday and before that I hit Porto, Portugal, for three days of fun with nine girlfriends! It’s been a busy time, packing and repacking my bags, kissing my family goodbye several times and saying hello to adventure. I didn’t take my camera with me to Mallorca, Miami or Marrakech (the three M’s of 2016) – I wanted to put all of my energy into either the work that led me to those places, or to my family. I did however squeeze it into my bag for the Porto trip and, one afternoon, took some snaps while wandering the artfully paved streets to snap some sights.
This trip was a group holiday that I go on each year with eight of my Dutch girlfriends. Each time, two out of nine ladies organise the trip on behalf of the group, making bookings, deciding on restaurants, theatre shows, activities, flights and accommodation so that the rest can relax and enjoy and there aren’t too many cooks! It works really well, and this year was my turn to organise, which I did with two friends from the group. The budget is always small and the goal is getting as much out of the weekend as possible! In case you are considering a city trip this summer, I would highly recommend Porto. It is a charming city along a large river that boasts beautiful historical architecture, fabulous seafood, Port by the barrelful and a nightlife that had me swaying into the wee hours of the morning. Below, some of my holiday snaps, with some tips on what to see and do. Bon voyage!
For me the main highlight of the weekend was a stroll around the Miguel Bombarda block, the artistic neighbourhood, dotted with inspiring galleries, vintage shops, cafes and alternative clothing and interiors boutiques. I was delighted to discover Ó! Galleria, a project focused in illustration, drawing, books, zines and author pieces. I picked up a gorgeous little original artwork entitled Festival de Chacarera by Maria Luque. The muscled man in the top left of the image reminded me of my husband, naturally. I also loved a little shop called G E a D a Store, where I picked up a beautiful wool blanket and drooled over hand made ceramics for at least 45 minutes.
I loved looking at the graffiti art on the walls in this neighbourhood, the colours of the buildings and their tiled facades. The day we wandered this neighbourhood I left my camera at our apartment so I could shop without lugging it around so sorry for no pictures! I feel like I want to give a shout out to the place we stayed at, called ‘BB 608 Apartment Porto’ which we booked through airbnb. It was fabulous! Adriano, our host was kind and generous and the apartment was squeaky clean and newly renovated.
Another highlight for me was a stroll through the botanical gardens with sweeping views over the river from the top of the hill. Magnolia, camellia, cypress and olive trees with stunning views of the city and Douro River made the gardens well worth a visit.
But I suppose the most epic highlight of all was an evening spent dancing the night away in the nightclubs along… I
Well that’s a little peek at my weekend in Porto. It was a lovely time with lovely people and I came home relaxed, inspired and ready for more adventures. Which I certainly went on after that! It’s been a whirlwind which I will share more of as time goes by. At the moment, I am wrapping up several interior design projects that have been in the works for the last months so my hands are full and my days are full, but so is my heart.
Back again this week to give you a little peek behind the scenes in the studio at the moment. Lots going on!
|| Photography: Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle