Tomorrow, my Husband and I celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary... and it occurred to me that I had not shared with your our 3rd year celebrations!
And although anniversary's are a personal event, I feel this one was far too special not to share.
While we were visiting the Seychelles and the INCREDIBLE (no over exaggeration) Island of Félicité, My husband had arranged for a private picnic on top of a granite boulder mountain overlooking the whole island at our hotel Six Senses Zil Pasyon
I had no idea he had planned this so my jaw literally dropped when we arrived to such an incredible scene. We were swiftly handed a glass of champagne and told we would be waited on for the evening by our own private waiter (who was coincidentally a dab hand with a dslr, as luck would have it)
We took our places for the most spectacular sunset, and reminisced about our incredible wedding 3 years earlier and how quickly time has passed since.
As the sun began to set, the fire pits were lit and we enjoyed the cutest picnic with (to my husbands delight, they are his favourite) samosas and free flowing champagne.
It was the most decadent evening, and a memory I will never forget.
Happy anniversary to us!
I might have mentioned that im a little crazy for Portuguese tiles, and the azulejo tiles in particular
So we headed off to find the best tiles Lisbon has to offer. Through crumbling old back streets of the Alfama it was easy to get distracted from our path as everything is so beautiful
The monastery rises from the top of the hill to meet you, and doesn't fail to impress. You can also get some of the best views of the city. If blue seas and pastel houses are you thing this is where you'll find them
Built in the 17th century, The monastery of São Vicente de Fora (St. Vincent Outside the Walls) is one of the most important religious buildings in Lisbon
And your justa few short steps away in the adjoining Augustine monastery from blue and white tile heaven. They line the walls of the entire building, each corridor more impressive than the last.
The cloisters are without a doubt the highlight, decorated with eighteenth-century blue-coloured azulejos, ceramic tiles. The azulejo panels show historic scenes and fables of the famous French writer Jean de La Fontaine.
For me the azulejos are so iconic to Portuguese styling and really were what I most wanted to see in Lisbon.
Its a truly stunning place to get lost in for an hour, and surprisingly peaceful and quite compared with the hustle and bustle of Lisbon life outside
Are you as crazy for the azulejo as I am?
For more from our road trip to Lisbon see here and here
After a lovely morning visiting the Belem tower and strolling around the city's, our wanderings took us to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Again, the touristy spots are super busy unless you get there early so we chose instead to to admire from afar and continue with our discovery's
We took a detour through some backstreet and stumbled upon the most incredible Portuguese tiling detail along the way to destination. The kind that encourages you forgive your husband for making you walk miles randomly in the heat (PS he does this A LOT)
The tiling in Portugal is so incredibly beautiful and detailed, that you cant help but start to daydream about how you could make it work in your own home
Eventually, we arrived at the destination we set out to - The LX Factory. Its (an old thread and fabric factory re purposed into a creative space)
And the first thing we did was head to nearest (but just so happened to be the absolute cutest) cafe we could. Cafe da Fabrica is just a little pocket of cuteness. Cool decor, great coffee and even better food. I was delighted to find such a cool little place to rest up my tired from walking all over Lisbon bones.
Id say its just the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, or a a bit of people watching if you take a seat outside
There were so many possibilities for lunch at LX Factory, As you can only have one lunch a day we will clearly just have to pay Lisbon another visit
Its not just lunch you'll find here though. There are vintage shops, A super cool bookstore and independent boutiques. I'm told that on weekend nights there are parties and concerts.
It also has some of the most interesting and beautiful graffiti art iv ever seen
You could happily get lost for hours at LX Factory, and I feel we only brushed the sides from our visit... reason number 2 to come back
For more from our time in Lisbon see here and here
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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