A DAY IN LISBON by Monique Pantel

I spent today exploring Lisbon with my best friend Holly, and without any real agenda, we managed to have the most incredible day. I arrived yesterday afternoon, tired, jet-lagged - so we cracked a bottle of vinho verde on our beautiful patio and proceeded to catch up. Since Holly lives in Paris, we had about three months of belly laughs to catch up on.

FIRST OFF - THESE TREES THAT ARE BLOOMING PURPLE FLOWERS 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I can't even. I had no idea they existed, that I was travelling during their blooming season and every time I look at them (they're everywhere) - I feel like I'm in some sort of magical Narnia land. Lisbon baby, I'm in love.

Our AirBnb has been the perfect place to rest up from a long few days of travel, rid ourselves of jet lag and explore our (my) first taste of Portugal. Nested in the winding cobble streets of Chiado, palettes of pastel peaches and pinks splash over the building facades and terracotta roof tops - our little AirBnb is just what we needed .

We decided to not use Google to navigate the city and rather rely on a sense of wanderlust and chance. We stumbled upon the cutest high-vibe food cafe Fauna & Flora, a super bang-for-your-buck vegan buffet spot Jardim das Cerejas, gorgeous historic monuments, the seaside, and a wonderfully eclectic area called LX Factory. The latter was a favourite spot of both Holly and mine.

LX Factory was an old industrial manufacturing complex, converted into a few streets of really cool restaurants, concept boutiques and an interesting mix of locals and tourists. I'm not one for the "tourist spots", but this place was cool. We stumbled upon a library, picked up a few books for our road trip to the Algarve and finished our day with local craft beer and vegan burgers.

As our day winds down, I've poured some tea, we're catching up on emails (#digitalnomadlife - just kidding - does that phrase make anyone else cringe? Or just me? Lol.). We've decided to head to bed at a decent hour so that we can get an early start on our adventure to the Algarve.

For now I'll leave you guys with a mix of iPhone and proper camera pics from the day xo PS the purple trees are called Jacaranda. So dreamy.

SPRING THINGS by Monique Pantel

 

APRIL PHOTO WORKSHOPS
I'm so excited to announce a few more photography workshops this spring, before wedding season takes over my life! Here are the dates and links with information regarding the workshops. The women who've attended the class boast remarkably improved photography skills, a deeper understanding of photography equipment and found confidence shooting in manual mode. And, a prettier instagram grid is pretty much guaranteed ;-) Links are below with all the info you'll need to sign up - or pass along to a friend!

MONDAY APRIL 23  9AM-NOON
TUESDAY APRIL 24 9AM-NOON
THURSDAY APRIL 26 9AM-NOON

LIVE PODCAST RECORDING EVENT AT FOOLS & HORSES

I wanted to invite you to a special event happening on Sunday, April 22nd at 6pm at Fools and Horses in Winnipeg. Ashley Wood, the creator of  "Manifest This!" podcast, has asked to sit down and chat everything from photography, business, finding your life purpose, travel and more! She's interviewed some really inspiring women in the realm of holistic healing, business and veganism - and I'm just SO over the moon that she's asked me to sit down and chat. I'd really love if you came to hang out with us! This is a free event and I'd really love to have a few friendly faces there!

Update: You can listen to the podcast episode here.

AND SIDE NOTE...

The Assiniboine Park Conservatory closed its doors yesterday. The space was built in 1914 and although the park is building something new, I sure am going to miss this beautiful green space that was a warm, nature haven for me in the deepest coldest winter days. After my photo workshops last week, I went with Alyssa and Johanna to check out the beautiful green space one last time before it closed its doors forever!

PALM SPRINGS by Monique Pantel

You guys know I LOVE TO TRAVEL. And, the more I travel, the more I get asked for recommendations for various places I've visited. So I've decided instead of repeating myself over and over again via text and Instagram DMs, I'll just start making blog posts instead! 

Here's a quick round up of some of my favourite things we got up to during our quick trip to Palm Springs:

DRINK - The Parker Palm Springs OR Ace Hotel Palm Springs OR Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 

EAT - Raw Remedy for quick-ish, casual, organic, vegan meals, smoothies and juices! Their avocado burger is bomb. I had it twice. Once for breakfast. No judging please.

POOL - Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs The pool area is closed to hotel guests until 4pm. The hotel is gorgeous, I wish we would have stayed here. I got to enjoy the pool one day because I had friends staying here. I snuck in, so shoot me. The pool is incredible and offers spectacular views of the mountains. If you can't sneak your way into the rooftop pool, I recommend going to a cocktail around sunset. The bartenders are incredibly friendly and you'll be right downtown, presumably close to wherever you've got dinner plans!

HIKE - Joshua Tree National Park OR there are some really stunning day hikes all around Palm Springs!

SEE - Moorten Botanical Gardens OR The Palm Springs Art Museum OR Ride a bike and look at all of the Midcentury Modern Homes. They're spectacular! 

 

Lots of love,

M