Cassandra and I are officially back in the states after a whirlwind trip to Portugal with Noken! We were only there for four nights but we covered SO much ground and had such a fun time. I went to bed at 8:30pm last night and slept until 6:30am this morning haha. Honestly, I feel like a new woman!
If you missed it, Noken is a brand new app that’s launching this week. It’s unlike anything that has ever been created, and it helps you book your trip all in one place, and delivers you a custom curated app with a personalized itinerary and all your travel details. Like digital train tickets, hotel booking confirmation, and even a packing list, before you leave for your trip. It is honestly the biggest game-changer and coming from someone who truly hates planning and likes to fly by the seat of her pants while traveling–it’s a dream come true! Right now, they’re launching with Portugal, Iceland, and Japan, but they’ll be adding a lot more cities in 2019. Jump on their email list here so you can stay up to date!
Anyway, we’re slowly getting through the thousands of photos we took on the trip. So I wanted to give you a little sneak peak of our trip according to my iPhone ?
Portugal Photo Diary
And we’re off!
My travel outfit:
I like to be cute and comfortable so I went with my Everlane fleece (it’s made from recycled plastic bottles!) velvet leggings, and Allbirds. All I brought with me were my Delsey carry-on and my Madewell zip-top tote (it holds so much stuff and I love how it zips closed!)
Walking through Lisbon
We checked into our hotel, Lisboa Carmo Hotel–which I’d highly recommend–changed, and hit the ground running! I swapped my leggings and sneakers for my J.Crew jeans, & Other Stories Chelsea boots, and threw on a beret to disguise my ratty transatlantic hair ?
Lisbon is full of beautiful brightly colored doors!
If you thought Paris had cool doors–it has nothing on Lisbon! Wearing: J.Crew jeans, Jack Purcell sneakers, Striped turtleneck, J.Crew topcoat (25% off AND all sizes are re-stocked!!) scarf is old but similar here (Mango has the BEST scarves! It’s my new fav!)
Wandering through the streets near our hotel we accidentally stumbled on one of the most beautiful views in the whole city. (It’s the steps right by BellaLisa restaurant if you want to google map it!)
I don’t know how many espressos we consumed over the course of four days, but it was A LOT. By the way, my Madewell sweater is on sale for $39!
Portugal is known for these incredible custard filled tarts called ‘Pasteis de Nata’
They were SO. GOOD. You know I’m not a big sweets person, but these were incredibly addicting. We tried them for the first time and then got to ride the trolley–so you could say it was a great day ? Wearing: Madewell sweater (TTS), my favorite trench coat (runs big, size down), Everlane cigarette jeans (run TTS), & Other Stories Chelsea boots (run TTS). My backpack is Madewell but the leather version is sold out now ☹️however, they do have it still in Canvas!
We ate breakfast our second morning in Lisbon at this funky little place in Afalma called …do Vigário–they had the best scrambled eggs. I would highly recommend it!
Walking through the streets of Afalma after breakfast. I love that this photo could’ve been taken decades ago and I think it would still look exactly the same! ❤️ It feels like time is standing still.
Even in the pouring rain, Lisbon’s charm is undeniable! Nearly every street in the city looks just like this.
I have a thing for tiny, European cars (and vintage ones on top of that?! FORGET IT). I squealed when I saw this cutie. I think I need to frame this one.
My friend Valerie told us visiting this cute ceramic shop, Ceramicas na Linha– was a non-negotiable, and I’m so glad we did! We started buying espresso cups each place we visit, so I got one for me and one for Neal–this place is SO affordable–each espresso cup was $3!
On the train to Porto…
I wore these boots for our last two days of the trip (I would’ve worn them more but it was pouring and I didn’t want to ruin them–so I went with my black boots instead–linked above– which are made of tougher leather and are black, so they wouldn’t get water stains).
Porto’s train station might be the most beautiful station I’ve ever seen–wearing (yet another) J.Crew tissue turtleneck, Everlane skinny ankle jeans, Everlane Day Boots, Delsey suitcase, Mango scarf, J.Crew topcoat (25% off AND all sizes are re-stocked!!)
When we got to Porto, grabbed lunch at the COOLEST restaurant called PURO 4050 across the street–some of the best food we had when we were there! (We especially loved the veggie tapas they had since we had only been eating bread and cheese for days, haha!)
The square where our hotel was–so cute. We stayed at Hotel 1829 in Porto based on Noken’s recommendation. It’s super affordable with really nice, updated, beautiful decor! It was the perfect location!
Exploring when we first got to Porto
We got ice cream and walked along the beautiful Cais da Ribeira at sunset–which is the waterfront lined with cute restaurants. It was absolutely stunning!
Porto’s famous bridge, the Dom Luis, is two levels.
Both offer incredible views of Porto, but the bridge itself is a stunning sight at as well. I loved this little peek of Gaia. (The city opposite the bridge of Porto, that is famous for it’s wine cellars). That you can see in between two walls. You can walk across the bottom level or take a tram up right across the street to access the top level.