Under the Sea: Lisbon Oceanarium

It’s not the first, nor the second, but the third time I visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, and it still amazes me every time I’m there.

Recognized as the best aquarium in Europe and the second in the world by TripAdvisor. Definitely one of the most renowned attractions of Lisbon, Portugal, with 16 years of existence and over 18 million visitors.

The best part of this aquarium is that while you’re walking through exhibits, you get to learn amazing things about the oceans and how to promote the conservation of nature.

Otters, Clown-fishes, sharks, penguins, jellyfishes and the list goes on!Of course I couldn’t avoid taking photographs so here is a sneak peek of the incredible views you’ll have if you decide to visit this attraction, and I know you will!

Contact Details

Phone: +351 21 891 7002
 Address: Esplanada D. Carlos I, 1990 Lisbon, Portugal
Oceanario’s website.
Oceanario on Facebook.

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Instagram of the Month: @hlonicoleman

Instagrammer: Hloni (Hloniphiwze) Coleman, 19 years old, Brand ambassador, Cape Town, South Africa.

6C03AF5A-67E2-4AF4-94FB-50F0AC08D79EAs with most people I started using Instagram as an extension of social interaction, basically as a way to share my day to day through photos however as my affinity for photography grew Instagram became more of a creative outlet.

Living in Cape Town I find the app provides an amazing excuse to just get out and shoot for people who aren’t professional photographers. That coupled with the amazing Instagram community has meant that shooting has become a social, fun and constant part of my life.

 

His photographs consist of: sunsets and creative shots.

Camera: iPhone 5/Canon 1100D

Apps that he uses: iPhoto, Snapseed, VSCO

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Trending| Mini rings

My passion for rings is not something new. What’s new is the fact that, with this trend, I have the chance to wear even more rings at the same time!
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I’m sure you noticed ladies wearing rings on their mid-fingers and sometimes stacked together near the knuckle.
You can have them in all different metals, gold, rose gold, silver, and different shapes, layered together. It looks very delicate and feminine if paired perfectly with nail polish.So move up  your accessory game!

Here is some inspiration to this trend:

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Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello: Italia

My favourite European country for its food, fashion, cars, landscapes,language, beaches, and the list is infinite. Italia la piu bella!

This year I was invited to a private party in Parma, a city in the region of Emilia- Romagna famous for its prosciutto, cheese, architecture and surrounding countryside.

So we stayed at the Antico borgo di Tabiano Castello for the weekend. Hell yeah! In a castle! Situated in the green hills in the province of Parma, Tabiano Castle dates back to the 11th century.

With rooms, suites and apartments to choose from, divided between the old guard tower and the original main residence, all of them with magnificent views of the countryside and the wide plains of the River Po.

I promised myself that this post wouldn’t be only about food so no, the first thing I did was not going to eat, but I did enjoy a nice swim and tanning session at the swimming pool surrounded by medieval walls and olive trees.

You can also enjoy, inside the relaxation area, which is a natural cave, the sauna and Turkish bath and avail of a range of massage and treatments including Shiatsu, Antistress, Reflexology, foot and face treatments, etc.

Okay now I have to talk a little about food because it’s Italy after all! As expected, the traditional products such as Parmesan and Parma Ham can be tasted at the Relais and products of the area can be bought at the reception. The first photograph above is a “sneak peek” of my breakfast!

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +39 0524 88 11 68/ +39 340 4849570
 Address: Tabiano Castello – 43039 Salsomaggiore Terme (Parma), Italy
 E-mail: travel@tabianocastello.com
Tabiano Castello’s website.
Tabiano Castello on Facebook.

More posts from my holidays in Italy coming soon…stay tuned.

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Instagram of the Month: @marianalbarbara

Instagrammer: Mariana Barbara, 20 years old, Setúbal, Portugal.

10419597_10204032545431591_9129832124976359400_n“I started using Instagram through my boyfriend because he had already created an account and I saw how it all worked. At first I wasn’t very interested in creating my own account, but he made me more excited about photography and Instagram itself. He was definitely my biggest influence and the truth is that a lot of shots are taken in his presence!”

Her photographs consist of: Urban, Animal and Floral shots.

Camera: iPhone 4/ iPhone 5

Apps that she uses: Vscocam

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Mouth watering: Casa Mateus Restaurant

And because it’s summer in Portugal (if it’s not in your country then be jealous!) and going to the beach became a routine, I found the perfect place to have a quick, delicious and affordable meal.

Casa Mateus is a very small restaurant situated in Sesimbra, Portugal, near the sea. The owner, Mateus will receive you at the door and suggest what you should have according to what season we are on and based on traditional Portuguese dishes. These meals are made by Dona Cristina, Mateus’ wife. (Just so you know who to thank at the end of your meal).

The portions are small which allows you to taste different dishes and still go for a swim at the beach after.

As a starter I recommend the Clams, olive oil, lemon and coriander; and the Mussels Marinade.

As a main course you should try the Massada, mint and lemon; and ask for the fish of the day. Mateus will suggest you a nice selection of flavours. Something that goes well with any dish, especially in Summer is the Cucumber Sangria because it’s very fresh!

Now comes the best part! If you predict that you won’t have enough space for dessert then just eat it first because that’s something you can’t miss!

The photos below are my two favourite desserts at Casa Mateus, they’re not on the menu so be smart and save these images to show them to Mateus. I won’t even tell you what it is, just enjoy the flavour and thank me later!


Reservation is recommended, not only because the restaurant is small but also because it’s becoming very famous! Especially now that I’m blogging about it.

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +351 963 650 939/ +351 918 790 697
 Address: Largo Anselmo Braamcamp nº4, Sesimbra, Portugal
 E-mail: reservas@casamateus.pt
Casa Mateus website.
Casa Mateus on Facebook.

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown

After flying with starry skies while watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, Emirates Airlines treat, I landed in Dubai at 2am with 40 degrees. Hottest country I’ve been too, literally!
Sofitel’s Chauffeur was waiting for us at the airport and drove us right to the hotel after passing by enormous skyscrapers.
You know a country is developed when as soon as you enter the lobby, your phone starts receiving notifications. Free, unlocked Wi-fi everywhere! Any blogger’s paradise!
The hotel staff was very nice and efficient but with such warm temperatures I have to say that I missed that welcome drink I always get when arriving to hotels in South Africa.
The hotel room had a stunning view of Burj Khalifa and the coastline. A very modern decoration based on geometric designs with bold colours.
After sleeping just enough to have energy for the long day ahead, I went for breakfast and what a breakfast! It was held at the “Les Cuisines” Restaurant where they say it’s “a Patisserie that will take right back to Paris”. Let’s not go so far! The waiters did speak French but there was nothing Frenchy about the place, it was quite international I must say!
After breakfast and with 40 degrees outdoors it’s more than evident that my next appointment was at the terrace pool!
From the pool you have a panoramic view of Dubai where you can enjoy the spectacular dancing fountains by Dubai Mall.

Travel Journal Dubai coming soon…

Contact Details

Mobile phone: +971 4 503 6666
 Address: Sheihk Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai 
00000 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 E-mail: H7492@sofitel.com
Sofitel Dubai Downtown website.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown on Facebook.

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