City break in Lisbon, making the most of 48h

  The oldest city of the Western world, Portugal’s capital is well known for its sun kissed seven hills, culture bursting streets, lively nightlife and delicious food. Lisbon is the ideal city break destination, with the Tagus river at the locals’ doorstep, this city is romantic as it can be, offering sanctuary to the foodie within, the party goer and the culture seeking adventurer. A … Continue reading City break in Lisbon, making the most of 48h

24 Reasons why I easily fell in love with Porto

I can start my lunch overlooking the Douro River and finish my dessert by the sea. Walking through the steep cobbled streets makes me feel that I deserve all the 2000 calories of my Francesinha. The numerous quintessential shops offer the possibility to admire traditional Portuguese designs while tasting the local products. Where else can I have coffee in an old art decó café that … Continue reading 24 Reasons why I easily fell in love with Porto

Shameless Bias – Madeira Island the best New Year’s Eve destination

After the cod fish on Christmas Eve, turkey on Christmas day and the Sao Silvestre race on December 26th is now time for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, and for us Madeirans this means ‘big fireworks displays’. Since the XVIII century, due to English influence Madeirans celebrate their entrance in the New Year with a big pyrotechnic display.  Eight to ten minutes of fireworks that … Continue reading Shameless Bias – Madeira Island the best New Year’s Eve destination

Christmas Market Night & Pork meat in wine and garlic sandwich – Noite do Mercado & Carne Vinha d’alhos

It’s Christmas Market Night in Madeira. Madeira is the small Portuguese island with a size inversely proportional to the number of traditions and festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year. The land of Madeira wine and “espetada” embraces Christmas traditions always in good spirits with plenty of food, traditional drinks and joyful people. On the 23 of December, the city of Funchal lit by the … Continue reading Christmas Market Night & Pork meat in wine and garlic sandwich – Noite do Mercado & Carne Vinha d’alhos

Everest – What’s behind the numbers?

“Everest – a challenge for some, a final destination for others” a visualization in Tableau that taught me much more than if statements, best practices or context filters. After watching the movie ‘Everest’ (highly recommended) it was apparent to me how little my knowledge was in relation to the Mount Everest and the people ‘linked’ to it. It made sense that I should look into … Continue reading Everest – What’s behind the numbers?

Nikita – Madeira island number 1 cocktail

Sweet refreshing and moreish, this is how I would describe Nikita – the Madeirans beloved cocktail. A kind of milkshake cocktail that was firstly created in 1985, the same year of Elton John’s song ‘Nikita’, hence the name; it is typical from Câmara de Lobos a small piscatorial village in the south-central coast of the Madeira Island, but it is sold all through the Island … Continue reading Nikita – Madeira island number 1 cocktail

Just another Saturday in London

At London’s heart Lord Nelson looks down on a vibrant sea of people hustling and bustling around Trafalgar Square. Today at the National Gallery doorstep, other kind of exhibition unveils – the Matsuri festival 2015. Strolling around the square we adventure into a not so unfamiliar culture, invited by stalls strategically placed along the path. Stopping in the crowded stands we are able to see: … Continue reading Just another Saturday in London

Why travel to Japan? – In search of Japan with Tableau

After welcoming sushi, Zen gardens and judo into our lives, we are now turning our attention to the country itself. Curious about the culture, customs and traditions of the far-eastern end of the Silk Road, the international tourist is evolving. The taste for difference and uniqueness is taking us farther away, tempted by the world apart that is Japan. Click on the image and discover Japan! Continue reading Why travel to Japan? – In search of Japan with Tableau

Lisbon Oceanarium – A thumbs up experience

Is scuba diving on your bucket list? Have you always been fascinated by the underwater world? Or do you just love Nemo? Imagine a dry deep-sea diving experience without any of the hazards! Where you can be up close and personal with ocean sunfishes, stingrays and sharks from different heights of observation sites, or even be amused by the cutest otters you will ever see. … Continue reading Lisbon Oceanarium – A thumbs up experience