Monday, February 27, 2017

The sights of a visit to Rome | Part 4


Day 3 in Rome; are you ready?
Walked distance = 14.3km.

I could show you many more pictures but then you would see everything that Rome has to offer, but I think it's nice to keep some surprises away and not overload you with pictures! 😊

My recommendations are: good walking shows, 24h public transportation tickets and take breaks every now and then.
You will find authentic and non-turistic places to eat and drink everywhere, as long as you don't look on the busiest streets.

Of course, always keep an eye on your belongings as soon as you see larger amount of people.
And don't be scared if you see TONS of police and army on the streets or guarding the monuments/buildings.
I have to admit that it took me a while to "get used to the idea"... Quite frankly, I think I'm still not.

Enjoy the tour!

The day started at Piazza Spagna - Full with turists...
The Vatican at a far distance on the way to the Villa Borghese park
Water clock in Villa Borghese park
View over  Piazza del Popollo
Monument to Vittorio Emanuelle II
Old Roman City at Foro Romano - 1
Old Roman City at Foro Romano - 2
The Coloseum by day
All photos taken with Sony a6000 💖

Hope you have enjoyed the tour throughout our 3rd day in this beautiful city.
I fell in love!

In case you missed it, here are Part 1-3:
Part 1 - CLICK
Part 2 - CLICK
Part 3 - CLICK

See you soon!

Next post: March at 9am CET

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The sights of a visit to Rome | Part 3


Ready for part 3?
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! 😎

We took the subway to the Vatican city and later on back to Rome.
As I mentioned on Part 1, we did not go for visits inside the monuments because time was limited and the lines were huge!
Something for on a second visit to Rome.
Enjoy our second day:

Saint Peter's Square - 1
Saint Peter's Square - 2
Sistine Chapel
The view towards old Rome from the Lungotevere Castello 
Book fair and Saint Angelo Castle
Trevi Fountain
The Pantheon
All photos taken with Sony a6000.

Walked distance = 12km.
Totally recommend you to take subway and buses anytime you can, especially if you are not in town for long. Consider to get a 24h ticket, for 7Eur, which is valid for subway + tram + bus. You are entitled to take as many rides as you wich within the 24h after purchasing the ticket.
Even though there are only two subway lines, it is quite easy to move around in the city.
But, if you intend to visit the old historical center, count on your feet and buses! 

In case you missed it, here are Part 1 & 2:
Part 1 - CLICK
Part 2 - CLICK

See you soon!

Next post: February 27th at 9am CET

Thursday, February 23, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #8


If you could, would you look back in the past and change something?
Or would you rather forget about it and take it as it was?

The truth is, regardless of your or mine preference might be, the past is what makes us now, in our present, and in one way or another it will determine our future.
Sounds obvious, but not until long ago I had not realized so.
We are a consequence of what we did, thought, lived, experienced and most of all, learned from our past.

But if I could, I would rather take a sneak peek into the Future!
Not like the girl (which is not me!) in the photo below, who, in my eyes, was looking right into the Old Roman City, and didn't even realized it.

What would you do? 
Look into the Future or go back to the Past?
Sneak peak into the Past | Rome 2017

Photo details:
Location: Campidoglio, Rome
Settings: Sony a6000, ISO 125, 40mm, f/11, 1/80s

See you soon! | Até breve!

Next post: February 25th at 9am CET

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The sights of a visit to Rome | Part 2


Who's ready for some more Rome?
Today's photos were taken on the day of our arrival; since we still had some time, we decided to go "straight to business!".
So, come along on our days in Rome and enjoy the sights.
Walked distance = 13km.
Dinner at El Due Collone which is located in Via del Serpenti; great food for a very reasonable price!

Quem está preparado para mais um bocadinho de Roma?
As fotos de hoje foram tiradas no final de tarde do dia em que chegámos; foi caso pra dizer: não brincamos em serviço!
Distância percorrida = 13km.
Jantar no El Due Collone que fica na Via del Serpenti; boa comida por um preço bem razoável!
Aproveitem as fotos e Roma!

The Coloseum
Arch of Constantine
Palace of Esposizioni
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
Details of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
Republica's Square

All photos taken with Sony a6000.

See you soon!

Next post: February 23rd at 9am CET

Monday, February 20, 2017

The sights of a visit to Rome | Part 1


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Just before Valentine's day, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in beautiful Rome!!
It was my first time in Italy, so Rome seemed a good way to start.
Now, let's make things clear: the main reason why I wanted to go to Rome was not the Colosseum, the Vatican or any other landmarks.
I will be honest with you; I wanted to go to Italy (any city would actually be ok) because I simply love Italian food!
Yes... I admit; the travel was because of the food! 😄

But when the opportunity arose (aka cheap flights!), we booked a few days in Rome, but unlike any other trips, this time no preparations were done, in terms of what to see, where to go for food and that kind of stuff.

The goal was:  let's see what we can find!

Now a few facts:

  • Rome is a very interesting city; History is all around!
  • It can become expensive, if you do not read the small letters on menus or do not go outside the "touristic" areas.
  • If you want to visit all main landmarks you may need a week; not just because they are in large number but also due to long waiting lines... If you know me a bit by now, you guess what I (we) did. 😉
  • If you like authentic food, not necessarily fancy: this is the place!
  • Like coffee? You're in for a treat!
  • Get some proper walking shoes and prepare yourself to walk several km a day.
  • Getting to the city center from the airport is very easy! Totally recommend the Leonard Express train, in case you are arriving at Fiumicino airport. Check here for more info.
We were veeeeery fortunate with the weather; sunny days with temperatures around 15/16C, in mid February! 💛

I have taken so many pictures, that I honestly had a hard time selecting just a few.
Count on a few posts with MORE pictures from Rome!

Have you ever been to Rome?
What were your thoughts about it?
Let me know in the comments!
Sony a6000 | Photo by me

A meio de Fevereiro, tive a oportunidade de passar uns dias em Roma!!
Foi a primeira vez que visitei Itália e Roma pareceu-me uma excelente opção para começar!
Mas deixem-me esclarecer uma coisa: a principal razão da visita a Roma não foi o Coliseu, o Vaticano ou qualquer uma das outras atracções turisticas.
Para ser sincera, o que me levou a Itália foi pura e simplesmente o facto de ADORAR comida italiana!
Sim... isso mesmo; admito, a viagem foi por causa da comida! 😄

Mas adiante, quando a oportunidade surgiu  (leia-se voos baratinhos!!), marcámos uns dias em Roma, mas ao contrário do habitual, quase nada foi planeado no que diz respeito ao que visitar, onde comer e afins.

O objectivo era simplesmente ir à descoberta!

Deixo agora alguns factos:
  • Roma é uma cidade bastante interessante.
  • Pode tornar-se cara se não se tiverem atenção aos detalhes nos menus ou não se fugir um pouco às zonas mais turísticas.
  • Caso queiram visitar os monumentos mais importantes vão precisar no mínimo de uma semana; não só porque são bastantes mas também porque as filas são enormes!!! 
  • Caso gostem de comida mais autêntica: estão no sítio certo!
  • Gostam de café? Estão cheios de sorte!
  • Tenham uns bons sapatos e preparem-se para andar km e km num só dia!
  • É bastante fácil chegarem até ao centro da cidade. No meu caso, recomendo o comboio expresso, Leonard Express, caso voem para Fiumicino. Podem ver mais info no site deles aqui.
O tempo esteve maravilhoso durante os dias que lá estivémos; Sol e temperaturas a rondar os 15/16C! 💛

Aproveitei para tirar bastantes fotos, e foi muito díficil seleccionar apenas algumas para partilhar com vocês.
Por isso já sabem, podem contar com vários posts com MAIS fotos de Roma!

Já estiveram em Roma?
O que acharam?
Partilhem a vossa opinião nos comentários!

See you soon! | Até breve!

Next post: February 22nd at 9am CET

Thursday, February 16, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #7


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Right on the week where love is so widely celebrated, found this one very appropriate for week #7.
But passion doesn't have to be just for someone. And it shouldn't!
Passion, along with dreams, should drive our lives.
Keep us going.

Be passionate about life and all it comes with it!


Mesmo em cheio na semana em que o amor e celebrado por todo o lado, achei esta foto a mais indicada para a semana #7.
Mas paixão por si só não tem que ser necessariamente apenas por alguém. E nem deve!
Paixão, bem como sonhos, devem guiar a nossa vida.

Sejam apaixonados pela vida e em todas as suas vertentes!

Photo details:
Location - Rome, 2017
Settings - Sony a6000, ISO100, 16mm, f/10, 1/80s

P.S.: Another story where locks were mentioned.

See you soon!! | Até breve!!

Next post: February 20th @ 9AM CET 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Travel wishlist | My Top 10 travel destinations (and a bonus!)


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I love to travel.
Get to know new places, the feeling of discovery, hear new languages, eat new foods, see different face features.

It doesn't surprise me; after all, Portuguese people have this hunger for discovery in our blood; nostalgic, but always adventurous.
And I am no exception.

For this year (and in general), I will make the effort to travel as much as I possibly can. I want it and need it!
Obviously, travelling is not a cheap thing to do, but I will try to do it without going overboard, and I am sure with some proper planning, it will be possible. I would like to think so.

Therefore, here is a list of the  TOP 10+1 places I would like to visit in the near future and also within the next 2-3 years:

San Francisco
Australia + New Zeeland

And that's it! As you can see I need a whole life time and also to win the lottery! haha

Do you also like to travel?
What are your dream destinations?

Adoro viajar.
Gosto de conhecer lugares novos, da sensação de ir à descoberta, ouvir idiomas diferentes, comer comidas novas, ver traços diferentes.

Não me espanta; afinal de contas nós Portugueses temos no nosso sangue a sede pela descoberta. Saudosistas, mas aventureiros.

Neste caso, eu não sou excepção.

Para este 2017 (e em geral), mentalizei-me que dentro do que me for possível, vou viajar mais! Quero e preciso!
Claro esta que viajar não e barato, mas sem cometer grandes loucuras e com algum planeamento, tudo se consegue. Quero crer, pelo menos.

Por isso aqui fica o TOP 10+1 dos lugares que tenho em mente visitar, quer no curto como a longo prazo (tipo 2-3 anos):

São Francisco
Austrália + Nova Zelandia

E pronto, como vem, preciso não só de tempo mas também que me saía a lotaria! LOL

E vocês, gostam de viajar?
Quais os vossos destinos de sonho?

See you soon!
Até breve!

Next post: February 16th at 9am CET

Thursday, February 09, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #6


Maastricht, the city where an important treaty was signed, 25 years ago.
A piece of paper, where words of unity  were written and signed off.

Where did it lead us?
Are we united? 
Where do we go from here?
Should we let it all fall and forget what once brought so many countries to wish to be together?

It's not because the way is rocky, that we should drop it all out!

In these times when Europe is constantly being put to test, and America is going through what we all know, we must stand together and be a strong Union!
More than just GDPs, debt limits, and all that financial stuff.

We, as citizens of one of the countries belonging to this Union, should value the pro's of it and not always focus on the con's. 
Bad thoughts lead us nowhere.

I am a Portuguese, living in the Netherlands, working in Germany, travelling all over the place. 
I can never be against being part of EU! Never!

Let's all walk together for a better and stronger Union.

Week 6/52
Walk together - ⒸMiss B

Photo details:
Location - Maastricht, Netherlands
Settings - Sony a6000 ISO 200 33mm f/20 1/60s

See you soon!

Next post: February 13th @ 9am CET

Monday, February 06, 2017

Vida de emigrante | Companhias aéreas: este é para vocês!!


Ainda a propósito da minha visita relâmpago a Lisboa em Janeiro, o assunto de hoje são as viagens para Portugal; ou melhor dizendo, o preço das viagens.

Isto de ser emigrante tem as suas desvantagens para além das óbvias: estarmos longe daqueles que mais nos são queridos, das nossas origens, de tudo aquilo que em tempos era familiar. 
Mas para ajudar à festa, há que acrescentar o preço dos bilhetes de avião para Portugal. No meu caso, para Lisboa.

Tendo em conta que já estou fora de Portugal faz mais de 5 anos, já vi muitas variações no preço das viagens; low costs ou não.
Cheguei ir a Lisboa, ida e volta por €39.98. Sim, leram bem, €39.98!!! 

Hoje em dia, se uma das passagens custar isso já me sinto contente.

O facto de Lisboa estar cada vez mais na moda, e ser frequentemente um destino de eleição para quem gosta de city breaks aos fins-de-semana, tem (e teve) como consequência um aumento significativo no preço dos voos para Lisboa.

Olá Lisbon!!! - August 2015 (taken w/ phone)
Para quem viaja regurlamente, já sabe que voar às sextas-feiras e domingos é sinómino de voos mais caros. Basta ir numa quinta e/ou voltar na segunda/terça-feira para se notar uma grande diferença de preços.
Mas esses são os dias de excelência para quem quer fazer uma breve visita à familia & amigos sem ter que tirar férias. #emigraissues

O problema aqui é o facto de que para as companhias aéreas, quem vai a Lisboa ao fim-de-semana ser automaticamente considerado turista.
Mas eu não sou turista; nem a maioria das pessoas que voam comigo às sextas-feiras e voltam também no domingo. #emigrasunited

E vai daí eis-que se me surgiu uma idéia maravilhosa: e que tal criarem, tarifas para os emigrantes?? 
Já se praticam descontos para o pessoal que é da Madeira e dos Açores, por que não para todos os outros que moram fora e querem apenas visitar a família & amigos com mais frequência?!

Sim, porque por este andar, ao rumo que os preços levam, qualquer dia só dá para ir a casa no Verão, e mesmo assim, vai ser uma talhada das grandes.

O que vos parece?
A favor das tarifas para emigrantes?

Deixem a vossa opinião e experiências sobre este assunto nos comentários abaixo.
Tou curiosa para saber!

Até breve,

Next post: February 9th @ 9am CET


Thursday, February 02, 2017

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week #5


Perspective [noun]
- The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth and position in relation to each other.
- A particular way of regarding something; a point of view.
- An apparent spatial distribution in perceived sound

Week 5/52

"See me from your point of view" - ⒸMiss B
As we face certain things in life, we may have to distant ourselves from it in order to understand them. Or maybe try to see them from other points of view. Sometimes, this is easier said than done.
One can only try his/her best to do so.

Just like I did with this flower.
When I look at this photo, I see an upset Chinese dragon. But in the end, it's just a red flower (I don't know its correct name, sorry), hanging on a building facade, in charming Cascais, Portugal.

What do you see?
How well can you handle different points of view? In times like the current ones, I think it becomes more and more important to be able to do this.

Photo details:
Date: October 2016
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Specs: Sony a5100, 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 500.

See you soon!

Next Post: February 6th @ 9am CET 

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

January recap - facts, numbers and thoughts

Hello there!!

So, we've got an extra post this week! 🎆

January just ended and I must say that it was a good month; busy, chaotic, fun, with more blogging than before, more social media interaction, more followers, more feedback, more, more....

If I would select the word of the month, it would have to be "more".

As I previously said, I do not write for the numbers, but it does feel very good to have more feedback, more interaction with fellow bloggers and honestly, be more active with this fun hobby of mine.
Blogging is a hobby for me! And I intend to keep it that way, which does not mean it is easier than any "pro-blogger".
What it actually means is that, most of my free time is taken by blogging related activities.
Do I mind it? No! Once I get in the flow, it becomes even more interesting and fun, I must say.

So yeah, one of my goals for 2017 was to find (actually, make) the time for my hobbies, and so far, I think I'm doing well. Only the work-out item is not 100% yet... #notetoself

But let's get back to the subject of this post: January recap!

I would really like you, reader/follower/visitor, to keep coming back and leave your feedback on the comments section.
From this side of the screen, let me tell you that there is more in the pipeline! 😉

This month, a Facebook page was finally created  (haven't you noticed?!); there I share my latest  blog posts, blog related activities or preps. If you will, give it a Like:

In summary:
  • More than 21k total page views
  • Almost 100 likes on FB
  • More than 30 followers on GFC (google friends) 
  • Your favorite post was "24 hours in Portugal": Read again
  • 10 posts were published this month: Stories of this month

This may not be a big deal for some people, but to me, it means a LOT!

I just hope February will be as nice as January or, maybe, even better!

Feel free to spread the word, share the blog, like it on FB and/or follow via the several social media platforms (all available on the side bar).

From my side; I can only promise to keep up with the schedule of at least 2 posts a week (Monday + Thursday @ 9am CET), and when time allows, I will write some more.

It's fun to have a hobby and have the opportunity to share it with so many people!

Thank you | Obrigada!!!

See you very soon!

Next post: February 2nd @ 9am CET 
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