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.