Monday, 27 July 2015

“White Nights” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1948)

Under a bright night sky, on a bridge over the Neva River, a young dreamer comes across a woman in tears. Saint-Petersburg is immersed into another of its white nights, a natural phenomenon that makes the night seems as clear as day, and gives the city the dreamlike atmosphere ideal for these two lost souls to meet. Over four nights, the shy young man and the naive girl establish intense bonds, but the romantic course of this fleeting encounter may be threatened...

Author: Born in October 30, 1821 in Moscow, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, whose literary work explores human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. He is one of the greatest authors of all time. He began writing in his 20s. After being arrested and sentenced to death by the Tsarist regime in 1849, the sentence was commuted to four years of hard labour in Siberia. Underneath the author lived a man tormented by his father's murder, the death of a child, the permanent threat of epilepsy and a gambling addiction. He died in Saint Petersburg in 1881.

My thoughts: “White Nights” is among my favourite books. I simply couldn’t put it down: I read it in one night and felt butterflies in my stomach as I read on and on. Like love at first sight…an irresistible book! I loved the protagonist or should I say the dreamer, a loner in search for love and happiness.
It was in FNAC - Armazéns do Chiado, Lisbon that I came across a bookshelf with the collection "Os Livros da Minha Vida" (The Books of my Life) published by “Clube do Autor” in 2013. This is a set of works considered classic; they marked their time and have a special place in the history of literature. Each title is presented by a public figure, in order to highlight its most appealing features, and the impact it has had on his/her life at some point. To my great surprise, the preface of “White Nights” was written by Margarida Rebelo Pinto, my preferred Portuguese writer.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Shopping loot from Portugal

Can I get an AMEN for today’s good tips? My loot of souvenirs is seriously amazing, with an insanely low cost for all these goodies. Yippee!

Peitorais Drops Villa anise and honey candy to soften the throat when suffering from an irritating cough. Flocos de Neve snowflakes candy.

Chewing gum Gorila “True Bubble Gum 100% Portuguese", established in 1975. Various flavours are available: tutti-frutti, mint and strawberry...

Erva Doce herb sweet condiment

Prisca marmalade quince paste

Mokambo cereal coffee (total crush for this soft coffee)

Various Handicrafts small carpet, cake plate, colourful bird cushion…

Portus Cale candle
Castelbel candle

Striped beach dress Bershka
White beach dress “Chinese store” Dingming Chen
White swimsuit El Corte Inglès
Bikini Tezenis (50% off)
Salmon ballerinas Parfois
Wool cardigan Americo Mendes Oliveira

Barral cream to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy
Andreia and Risqué Brazilian nail polish

Ach Brito soaps I love the quality of Ach Brito products, made by hand according to ancient traditions. They smell heavenly good and are my skin’s best friends in shower. I strongly recommend them (Continente supermarket)….As well as Glicerina soaps (El Corte Inglès).

O Boticário Brazilian beauty products (similar to The Body Shop). Açaí Moisturizing cream, Pitaya Body Scrub, Vinoterapia Body Scrub, and Rosemary Hand cream (all products were on promotion).

Ale-Hop (Spanish stationary and gifts shop) romantic notebooks and matching pen.

AND much more... I took these nice photos especially for you ladies (and gents)… Hope you like my tips; they might seem weird but some are Portuguese symbols, and I like traditional things: they make me feel good. Yippee!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

My "oh la la" pretty craft suggestions for Lisbon

República Das Flores
This is my favourite gifts shop in Lisbon located at Rua da Misericórdia 31 in Chiado. Each time I go to Lisbon I pay a visit to this exquisite shop, and exchange a few words with the friendly saleswoman. Apart from beautiful flowers and local products (pâtés, wine, etc.), you can find luxury items to treat yourself and your loved ones, from exclusive craft work, fabrics and glass, to candles and bath products… it has everything to create a soothing atmosphere.

Cerâmicas da Linha - Portuguese Tableware
Late one afternoon, while wandering the streets of Chiado, I discovered this extraordinary shop selling crockery by weight, all of it 100% made in Portugal. Cerâmicas na Linha is the name of the store and it is located at Rua Capelo 16 in Chiado. I like this warehouse-style shop and I bought a beautiful white cake plate (I can’t wait to bake cakes to be able to use it!). The saleswoman wrapped it very well in paper to protect it in my suitcase, but I preferred to carry it in my hand-luggage. It is worth making a trip to the store, it has crockery for all tastes and styles. I know I will return on my next visit to Lisbon to buy some of the most beautiful and best quality Portuguese-made crockery at the keenest prices.