I had the most incredible time on holidays this year. Stuffed to the brim with family, good food, amazing scenery, scorching hot weather and an infinity pool that I will absolutely be dreaming about as we slowly, but surely, slip steadily through Autumn and into Winter
Himself and I have had a crazy hectic year and were both in need of a decent amount of time away this summer to relax. So with that in mind, we went out to Portugal to spend 10 glorious days with my folks (who were out there already – the lucky beans!). For the first few days I lay, stock still on a comfy sun lounger only moving (slightly) to apply more sunscreen, drink some icy water or to eat sweet melon by the truck load. While in my sloth period, I equipped my lounger with a few of my favourite things
trusty old Dune flip-flops, my iPhone packed full of summer tunes, my all time favourite sunscreen (it may be a pain in the tushie to put on – why doesn’t it have a consistent nozzle!?! – but it smells divine!), Ray-Bans, my brand new Kimono (which made me feel like a singer from the 40s in her dressing room, with it billowing effectively behind me wherever I pranced!) and some books
At this moment in time can I just point out that American Vogue was a treat to read, I am a faithful and devout British Vogue reader but it’s always nice to see what other Vogues are up to and how they differ in different parts of the world (like, if you fancy a racy Vogue, check out those coming out of France and Italy!). That being said, holy-Manolos-Batman! The Porter magazine is fantastic! I’m late to the game on this one as they are already on their fourth issue, but this was my very first sojourn through it – hand on my heart – I read every single line they published, I couldn’t put it down, it blew my mind how good it was! But more on that another time
The vitamin D soaked (glugged) in through my pores and I was starting to feel like a healthy cailín again! Soon that initial stage of slothfulness wore off and I became much more interested in rooting out places to go and things to do. So off we trotted to the lake (Casa do Lago Restaurant & Bar) for lunch
Picturesque is really the perfect word for this place, not only do fishies jump up (quite high!) out of the lake to say hello, but the operations at the lake are fantastic, you can rent and partake in wind surfing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, the list goes on, but my favourite, is the pedalos, they come in all different shapes and sizes, but the one that tickled me the most???
Yuppers, that kids, is a car shaped pedalo – made my day! (doesn’t take much does it?). To be honest, before we got there, I was mostly thrilled to be going down to the lake because if meant I got to try out my new sun hat from Accessorize!
We had a gorgeous lunch including champagne which was very exciting – we were definitely in the holiday spirit!
After all the lovely food, drink and watching holiday makers drift slowly back and forth across the lake for a few hours, we decided it was time we trundled back to our villa with our happy tummies, thrilled with such a lovely first few days of holiday