Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Monday, 17 July 2017

Lagos, Portugal : Part 1

Lagos is a rustic town in Portugal's Algarve. Its coast is chopped up with the strength of the Atlantic ocean, renowning it for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

I've been here for four full days and I've just (about to use a cliched word) wanderlusted about. The first day I lay by the pool and read. I'm reading J.D Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye'. I don't even don't what to make of it, even though I'm half way through it. I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

Medieval Gate

I see a dog...
...approaching dog...

Dog was non-responsive to me...Burned!

The next day we rented a car. I've been the designated driver. I must say, it was quite the novelty driving on the RIGHT side of the road on the left side of the car on the motorway. I've picked it up quite easily...

We drove to a place called Villamour, about an hour away.

Sunday arrived.

And with it came the moral obligation to go to mass. Yes, MASS!

In 27 degree heat my Mother and aunt had me in a beautifully ornate chapel may I add, for 1 hour and 10 mins listening to a Portugese version of mass.

I was silently quoting Father Ted quotes to keep myself amused...

..."Sure didn't the Lord himself go on holiday for two weeks to get away from his Father..." I murmured to myself.

In a bid to divert their attention from actually going into mass: "Mammy g'on take a photo of me"

 Thankfully, an hour later I was on the beach...

My beach bag contents

 Keep an eye out for a few more posts...

Remember to have a look at my 'Packing Process' video on how I managed to fit 10 days of outfits into cabin luggage.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Colour The Grey Away

I couldn't believe that I was swimming in the Mediterranean on the Monday and then able to come home  from Spain to go swimming in the Atlantic on the Thursday, all because our wee Emerald Isle was having a love affair with the Sun. But sure like all public affairs the nation bathed in its scandal and then once the  proverbial 'honeymoon period' was over there was nothing...

The mistress woke up in a heavy cloud of confusion as The Sun had left her. Would he be back? Would she feel his finger rays of heat and light tickle her again? We all sat under her misery as she cried, thinking Ireland would turn into a tropical country.


Anyway, I was well prepared for the 'I knew this would happen' weather because I got two little gems from my new favourite website, Garden Pharmacy.

Since Mr. Grey was now back on the scene with our poor misunderstood Eire, I decided to make use of these two newly purchased items to brighten up my mood.

Living in Derry doesn't give me access to all the products like I would get in London, so that's why when I found Garden Pharmacy I did a mental rave dance. *Big fish, Little fish, Cardboard box*

The Art Deco lipstick looks so beautiful and I chose No. 13.05- Deep Tango Red. For me this is perfect for both Summer and Winter because it's not too dark for summer, yet not overly bright for creating those vampy winter looks. 

Then I spotted 'Essie', quite the evasive nail polish brand in my part of the woods, so I indulged in a little colour called 'Geranium'. 

There I was, looking out the window at Ireland's fury and her tear soaked terrains.  At that  I tied up my hair, put on the nail polish, put on my lipstick and went out and braced the woman scorned.

If you'd like to check out any of the other colours in both the Art Deco lipsticks and Essie nail polish, just check out Garden Pharmacy's site-

Let me know if you ordered anything off this addictive site.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Glenveagh National Park, Ireland

There's nothing I love more than just perusing amongst the offerings from nature. I have visited many places in Europe and whilst Paris is my favourite place, Glenveagh in Dongeal is a very close second. I've been to Glenveagh numerous times and done a blog post a while back on Glenveagh which you can find here. Last Sunday my parents and I decided to go to Glenveagh to utilised the clear skies before the predictable rain came. As a lover of my solitude and an introvert, my time to myself is essential and Glenveagh gives me the space to gain that. Glenveagh, Click here here for website, is perfect for a lazy walk, an educational nature trail, wildlife study, cycle tracks and everything to serve the photographer's camera. Oh!! not to forget their beautiful tea rooms with delicious cakes that makes even the most savoury palates drool for their sweet delight. Have a look through some of the photos which feature the beautiful gardens and imported exotic trees that make Glenveagh an ethereal and magical place.
                                                     Mount Muckish

        This weird thing reflected back your hand

                                       My Parents (not wise)
                                              Beautiful Tuscan Gardens

                                                           Apple Tree

         I often think of this gorgeous house

                                  My favourite colour, soft pink


This reminded me of something from 'The Lord of the Rings'

   Men playing music in the sun house added beautiful ambience
       Items found in the Garden

  The bark of a tree that looks like my hair (lol)

   My daddy making sure his watch is right lol

Yes, mine was the chocolate and fudge cake

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