Perfect Portmeirion

I’ve been keen to head back to our next colourful port of call for years after visiting as a school girl years ago. We’re visiting the whimsical village of Portmeirion which is crammed full of random architecture collected from across Europe. Portmeirion was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1976. His aimContinue reading “Perfect Portmeirion”

Colour splash

The streets of Madrid are literally awash with a myriad of colourful artworks, from abstract splashes of rainbow hues to detailed murals. Every wall, window and wall is an open air gallery just begging to be snapped. Metal roller shutters that act as security for shops also double as gallery fronts, sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not!Continue reading “Colour splash”

Marvellous Malaga market

It feels only five minutes since we were last mooching around the colourful central market in Malaga but its actually been years! The time our apartment is literally around the corner so we can get up bright and early to check out this lively scene. No matter how many times I visit markets in EuropeContinue reading “Marvellous Malaga market”

Fairytale Sintra

Finally we arrive at the town that inspired the entire trip – Sintra!┬áSintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments. One of the most eyecatching is the Pena Palace, perched high above the town it is a Disneyesque riot of colour and architectural quirks. We visited on a perfect sunny day, the blueContinue reading “Fairytale Sintra”

Lisbon colours and corners

Lisbon is alive with colour, blink and you miss it details and delights around every corner. It’s also famous for its cute little trams that whizz up and down the steep cobbled streets. Two not to miss are number 28 that takes you winding through the old Alfama district and over blood curdling hills. TheContinue reading “Lisbon colours and corners”