Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas, friends!


I would like to wish everyone reading this post a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2020!
May these next days bring joy and peace into your hearts, great foods in your bellies and many many beautiful memories to cherish.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Christmas Decorations in Lisbon

Christmas Decorations in Lisbon. Visiting Lisbon soon? then check these locations for ultimate Christmas feelings.


It was early December when I last visit beautiful Lisbon, and it felt so good to be back home! But visiting Lisbon in December comes "with a cherry on top": the Christmas decorations are up!!
Ohhh, I love to go stroll through the streets and check out the lights and see what do they have new.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for your travel buddy

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for your travel buddy. Travel Planners, Gadgets, Books, and many more


Christmas is just around the corner (where did 2019 go?!) and these times can be quite stressful for some people when it comes to gifts. 
As if it gets harder and harder as time goes by, to find something for those who you care about.
But today, I'm here to help you! Especially, if you are looking for gift ideas for that friend or relative of yours that loves to travel.

Here are my top 10.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

3 Places to visit in... The Netherlands (no Amsterdam)

3 Places to visit in The Netherlands. This short guide does not include the obvious cities! So, no Amsterdam.


For today's post, I'm bringing back the "3 Places to visit" series. 
I wrote a couple of other posts on this series (more here) but this time, I'm doing a Dutch version of it.

If you are new here, I'm Barbara, Portuguese living in the Netherlands, and I love traveling. So for me, to write this kind of post is super exciting! I hope I can inspire you, somehow, to come and visit other places in the Netherlands besides the "usuals", aka, Amsterdam and so on.
Shall we get started?


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Travel | A weekend in Madrid - part 2

Travel | A weekend in Madrid - part 2 -  What I visited in just one day while in Madrid, Spain.


Today we are getting back to Madrid for part 2 of this trip report.
In case you miss the first post, here you are: part 1

We, me and Mr. A, basically had the whole day of Saturday to explore the city and were very fortunate with the weather; sunny, cold and occasionally a bit windy. But hey, better than rain, correct?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Travel | A weekend in Spain's Capital - MADRID

Travel | A weekend in Spain's capital - MADRID. What I visited in just one day in beautiful Madrid. All photos taken with Sony a6000 by Barbara Santos.


I am finally back in the blogging mode and I couldn't be happier to do so with another travel post.
As you may know, these are one of my favorite posts to write and I'm seriously thinking to make this Blog more travel-oriented than before.
But more on that on a future post; for today, we are focusing on MADRID!!!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

A week in Lisbon area - Summer holiday

A week in Lisbon are during Summer holiday. All things about Rooftops, beautiful beaches and travel adventures. All photos by Barbara Santos (Huawei P30 Pro)


It has been two weeks since I was back in Portugal, but guess what? I am flying back tomorrow again!! haha More about that in a future post.
For today's, I wanted to share with you what I did during my week in the Lisbon area.
It was a well-spent week and I'm super glad to share with you all the ins and outs of this trip.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cooper turned 1 year old

Cooper is 1 year old! Our chocolate Labrador Retriever had his first birthday party.


It has been two weeks since Cooper celebrated his first birthday, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that today's post is all about our beloved choco-lab-bomb.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happy Birthday, dear blog!!

Happy birthday, dear blog! A retrospect to the last 6 years of blogging.


Today, this blog celebrates its 6th birthday!!! Hooray!!
It's somehow hard to believe that this blog is still alive after 6 years of its creation, and even though sometimes I grow out of love for it, I always miss it and come back.
In all honesty, I am very proud of myself for having this little space on the web where I can share all kind of things with the 3 people that read this blog. HAHA joking (ok, maybe 4!)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lifestyle | Kobo - my reading buddy

Kobo - My reading buddy. Why I moved from paper books to ebooks. Honest review.


Not sure if you know that by now or not, but I love books. And reading!
As far as my memory goes, I always liked reading, since a very young age (Mom, if you're reading this, please confirm it haha). But somehow, along the way, while "adulting" I kind of forgot about it. 
Until I found the world of ebooks and then reading came back to my life!

And that's why today's post is all about my reading buddy: Kobo.


Thursday, August 01, 2019

Travel | My first time in Vienna - pt3

Travel - Visiting Vienna for the first time - part 2. A summary of a weekend city break. All photos with Sony a6000 and Sigma 16mm f1.4, by Barbara Santos for WWW.PORTYSDIARY.COM


The time has come to write the last part of this trip report, I know it's sad...
Ok, seriously!
Here I am for another post, and as you can see from the title, it's time for part 3 (and final) of this trip report about Vienna.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TAG | This or That - Travel edition

TAG - This or That Travel Edition

Hi everyone!

Here I am with a new post, and this time, a new TAG! I like answering TAG not only because you get to know me and my preferences but also because it can be quite funny, depending on which TAG you are answering.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Travel | My first time in Vienna - pt2

Travel - Visiting Vienna for the first time - part 2. A summary of a weekend city break.


Here I am again, for the second part of my trip to beautiful Vienna, in Austria!
I hope you like this trip report type of posts because, to be honest, they are one of my favorites to write.
Looking back in time, to trips and experiences, is always a good thing to do, in my opinion. Luckily, Vienna provided me enough of those, so here I am again.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Travel | My first time in Vienna

Travel - Visiting Vienna for the first time. A summary of a weekend city break.


On today's post, I am finally sharing with you some of the sights I've visited while in Vienna. It was back in May when I & Mr.A went to visit Austria's capital. As usual, our stay was short (lovely weekend city trips) but we tried to make the best out of it.

Monday, July 08, 2019

June | A month in review

June | A month in review  Highlights from the past month. Music, travel, parties and lovely memories!

Hello everyone!!

It's me, B!

It has been a long while since my last post, I know, but I am so glad to finally be back and having the chance to sit here, and write a blog post.
Believe it or not, I did miss it.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Travel - A week in San Francisco - pt3

Travel - A week in San Francisco. Visiting Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Coit Tower and the Painted Ladies.


This is officially the last post about San Francisco, and yet, it's a long one and it brings so many great memories back to mind!!
It doesn't feel like but it has been over one month since I was in this fantastic city and if I could, I'd go back now!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cooper | We spent a weekend away!

Cooper - A weekend away! We spend a night in a hotel with our 8-month chocolate Labrador, in the beautiful city of Zwolle, Netherlands.


How have you been?
Over here, things are going very smooth, spring is finally here (for now...) and we had a lovely weekend. Actually, today's post is related to the last weekend and what we did.
For the first time, we did a road trip with Cooper which included an overnight at a hotel! Like, a real hotel!! 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Travel - A week in San Francisco - pt2

Travel - A week in San Francisco.


Who is ready for the second part of the trip to San Francisco? 
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and get comfy; it's a long one :)

On this post, I'll take you along on our days 3 and 4 in this beautiful city; and they were intense!!

In case you missed part 1, here you are: San Francisco - pt 1


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

MUSIC | Metallica show in Lisbon

Music - Metallica - Lisbon show experience. May 1st, 2019.


I am very aware that not everyone who reads my blog likes Metallica so most likely this post isn't for you. However, I do think that Metallica is one of those bands that it's worth to see live at least once, whether you like or not because they always put on a massive & mind-blowing show!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Travel - A week in San Francisco - pt1

Travel - A week in San Francisco. Visiting Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street.


I am suuuuuper excited to be writing this post about my trip to San Francisco, just a couple of weeks ago.
Some months ago, I wrote a post about 3 places I would like to visit in the USA and San Francisco was among those mentioned so you can imagine how happy I was when we finally were able to plan it, book it and actually be there!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Beauty Haul in San Francisco

Beauty Haul in San Francisco. Features Natasha Denona, Hourglass, Bare Minerals, Milk Makeup, Tatcha and many more. Sephora.


Today's post is a beauty haul that I did in Sephora, in San Francisco.
If you know me by now, you know that whenever I have the chance, I'm always in to visit a Sephora store. Here in the Netherlands, we don't have it, so, it's totally justified, right? 😁
I try to avoid going crazy over there because it is tempting especially in the States since they have brands I can't find here in the Netherlands (nor in Portugal).

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Travel | Long haul flight essentials

Travel | Long haul flight essentials. Features Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones and the best travel pillow ever.


Still living in the "San Francisco" mood, I figured it would be cool to share with you what are (or were) my long haul flight essentials.
These items were thought to make my whole journey more comfortable, so I'd arrive at my destination as sharp as possible.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jetlag: how to overcome it ASAP

Jetlag: how to overcome it ASAP. My tips for this common issue when traveling.


I normally don't post travel-related posts on Tuesday, however, as I am currently dealing with today's subject, overcome jetlag, so I figured it would be appropriate to share it as I "do it".
As you may have noticed, in case you follow on Instagram and/or on Facebook, I was in San Francisco (CA, USA) last week and it was a blast!!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Travel - A weekend in Venice (pt2)

Travel - A weekend in Venice, Italy. All photos taken with Sony a6000 by Bárbara Santos for www.portysdiary.com
Hello everyone

While I am still enjoying my days in San Francisco (oops, major spoiler if you don't follow on Instagram) there is still some beautiful photos to share of Venice.
In case you missed part 1, then please check it out: Part 1

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Skincare | Top 3 Hydrating Masks

Sesderma C-Vit eye patches, Belif Aqua bomb sleeping mask and The true tincture mask - chamomile


If you have been reading this blog, and more specifically my skincare related posts, you may now that I'm that girl with the best skin you can have: sensitive, dry and dehydrate! YAY! the best combo ever... not! Therefore, I always gravitated towards products that help to provide moisture and hydration to my skin, while being gentle. Or else, I'll feel the side effects right away.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Travel - A weekend in Venice


It was mid-March when I finally visited Venice for the first time!
For the longest time, me and Mr. A have been talking about going to Venice, but somehow it just ever came to happen.
Until now, when we decided to go celebrate our 10th anniversary in this beautiful and so remarkable city.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Get to know me - 10 favorites

Get to know me - 10 favorites TAG

Hello everyone!!!

Long time no see, right?
I know, I know... Last time, I wrote I'd keep up with blogging and all that, and in the end, I didn't.
But it was mostly due to lack of free time and organization.
Now, I've got a new "plan of attack" so I can have more free time to dedicate to my hobbies, blogging included.

So, for my "comeback" I thought of doing a different type of post; now that I think of it, a tag for a change, and what better than a "Get to know me" tag, right?
But, this one is a top 10 favorites tag.

1. Favorite Food

Caldo Verde Soup.
This is a Portuguese potato and kale soup and I love it!!! Can eat it any time of the day, and if you let me, I'll eat a whole pan of it in no time.

2. Favorite Drink

(or fresh still water haha)

3. Favorite Scent

The beach scent...

4. Favorite Color

Navy blue.

5. Favorite City

Lisbon, of course!

Get to know me - 10 favorites. Photo by Emilie Garcin.
When I think of my favorite things!
(please excuse the awkward hand situation going on...)
Photo by Emilie Garcin

6. Favorite Animal

My sweet choco bomb, Cooper!

7. Favorite Hobby

I have many hobbies I like, and hardly any time to dedicate to any of them, but if I have to choose just one, then it would have to be reading.

8. Favorite Emoji


9. Favorite Flower

Hmmm... tough one as I'm not a "flower girl", however, I like Hortensias, for example.

10. Favorite Restaurant

A good Japanese restaurant always makes me happy.


I hope you enjoyed this tag and feel free to answer this tag yourself.

Hey, did you also notice that this post marks the very first post where I actually am on a picture?! Like, full-on?! Yeah!!!

And not just any picture; this one, was taken by the lovely and super talented Emilie Garcin. Visit her website and be amazed by her work!

I'll "see" you soon on a new post!

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Get to know me - 10 favorites TAG

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Travel | How I organize and plan my trips

Travel | How I organize and plan my trips. Stress free process, Travel planning tools and tips.


Tomorrow I'm going on my first trip of 2019, and with that in mind, I thought it would be cool to share with you how I plan and organize my travels.
One of my favorite things to do is to plan and organize trips; I know for some people this is a very stressful thing to do, but I just love doing.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Cooper - 6 months update

Cooper-Choco-Lab-6months. Photo by Barbara Santos for Porty's Diary.

Hi everyone!!!

Just a week ago, my sweet Cooper turned 6 months!!
It took a while to process the fact that time is just going so damn fast and that he is quickly becoming a junior Choco-Brownie-Boy.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Maastricht - Travel

Maastricht - NL - Travel.


Some time ago, while talking to a friend about places to visit and travel plans, travel posts here on the blog and so, he made me a very interesting question: "Why don't you share photos of the city where you live?"
That got me thinking, and indeed, I hardly share any sights of Maastricht.
So today's post is all about this beautiful city! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New photography challenge

A new photography challenge - Lifestyle post.

Hi everyone!!

If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you may know that one of the things I like to do in my spare time is to take photos of the places I visit. I do not know how this got started, but it is something I really enjoy doing.
Yet, it is also true that most times I do it only if I visit someplace new. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Visiting Lx Factory - Travel - Lisbon PT

Travel - Visiting Lx Factory in Lisbon, Portugal.
Hi everyone!!

During my last visit to Lisbon, I finally went to Lx Factory, a place I've heard about many times but never been there myself.
I thought it would be like many other places that only tourists find a "must-see".
I was so wrong...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hello 2019!!

Hello everyone!!

First things first: Happy 2019!!!😊
It has been a long while since I last posted something, but it was necessary to take a little break during the holidays.
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