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Portugal, Cascais: The Oitavos Hotel

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50 Shades of Blue

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Weekend with Friends

I like going by car to Cascais on the Marginal road (20-30 minutes from Lisbon) to see the seaside. The brightness reminds California. Weekend “staycation” with my BFF at The Oitavos located in the middle of a beautiful pine trees. We take the opportunity to go visiting friends and the “Point of View” exhibition in Sintra.

Surprise while arriving: the super modern hotel is huge! And it largely fills my insatiable need for space, outside/inside, lobby, lounge, bar, restaurant, terraces, pool (photos below), corridors and the room! Bikini break, my HQ: the infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and pines tilted by the wind! “Comment vous dire, tout est bleu” (: “How can I describe you, everything is blue”) … even the glasses of my fly sunglasses! 

Photos above: 1. Tadam: flies sunglasses! A mini trails that lead to the pool for those who like to complicate life (LOL) because there are more direct access! 2 and 3. The intimate breakfast terrace as printing a picnic in the countryside. 4. Gosto muito minhas Havaianas offered by my BFF who just came back from Brazil.

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The Spa

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Open to Nature

Early in the morning, when the water in the outdoor pool is freezing, I go to the warmer seawater pool in the Spa (photo above). Then I switch between jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath whose windows offer amazing views of the landscape. I would have tried a treatment, but it was closed. 

Photos below: 1. The pool! 2. My favorite sandals on the blue floor of the room terrassse. 3. My “cowgirl from the beach” silhouette (whith straw hat and beach bag and Balinese sarong) to go to the spa. 4. Really cool at the end of the day: I enjoyed having a drink and big laughs with friends under this parasol of the Atlântico Pool Bar. 5. My postcard ; ))

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The Lounge

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The Ipsylon Restaurant

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Gourmet Dinner

I like the minimalistic design and volumes. For the cuisine, it is the same. I should be able to find the flavor of each ingredient. I am not a gourmet, but I am curious. What a pleasure to discover at the Epsylon restaurant, the delicate blend of traditional Portuguese cuisine and French cuisine, elaborated by the French chef Cyril Devilliers!

Photos above: 1. Epsylon Restaurant & Bar. 2. The delicious first meal consists of a crayfish with asparagus after excellent appetizers and the traditional bread accompanied by olive oil. 3. The delicious fish with vegetables. 4. The Friday and Saturday nights, the bar turns into the Japanese Bar where you can eat estra fresh sushi and sashimi prepared in front of customers.

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A Room with a View

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Bathed in Light

The first day while entering in the room, I was immediately sensitive to the view! And of course the 40 square meters space and bathroom (photos below)! Open volumes, a gradient blue and white shades, nomadic furniture (on wheels), the bay window … I breathe!

Spotless bed: I fell asleep like a baby watching a Brazilian telenovela! I never watch TV, so you can imagine a telenovela! No comment please!  

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That’s the kind of bathroom overlooking the terrace I would like to have at home! With Japanese WC (photo below)! Light and space (I repeat myself)! The originality: the blue!

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The Oitavos


Many thanks to The Oitavos for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.

Portugal: A walk and restaurant in Nazaré

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After visiting the lighthouse of Nazaré 

and a walk on the rather infinite beach, Praia do Norte (“North Beach”, where you can find the biggest waves in the world), my friends want to lunch. At 5 p.m. on Sunday … I take the opportunity to discover some monuments of the old city bathed in a gold light. Pictures from 1 to 3: small chapel with beautiful azuleros blue and white inside (picture 2), overlooking the ocean. We are heading to the part of town along the seaside (picture 4).

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A Celeste

Pictures from 5 to 8 : one of us had more flair and leads the posse to an unpretentious restaurant. The bottom of the air is cold, fortunately the terrace facing the sea is completely covered (picture 7). Just sitting, I’m discoverig two “Garrett McNamara” menus  (picture 8) … Yes, signed by the legendary surfer who defeated here in Nazaré, all records of the biggest waves ever surfed in the world! The first record in 2011, with a wave of 23 m and the second record in 2013, with a wave of 34 m (or a little more) at 45 years old! Celeste is one of the Hawaiian champion and Nicole, his wife’s canteens. I’m not hungry, but my friends ordered an excellent fish! And the lady who cooks is adorable. Avenida República 54, Nazaré, T. +351 262 551 695.

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The Famous Petticoats  

Pictures below : the fashion detail that struck me in the street (so me, lol!): several older women are dressed up with “puffed” skirts reaching below the knees. In fact, it is a feature of the traditional costume of Nazaré. Several petticoats are juxtaposed under the skirt (picture 10: archives of the lighthouse of Nazaré). In the past, women wore petticoats up to 7 for a festive dress!

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Thailand: A Beach between Chumphon and Surat Thani

Early this morning, we left Pak Tako to Surat Thani.

A long road and little sleep the night before. Along the way we stop to have lunch on a desert beach. A seafood restaurant (picture 2): too bad for me, I do not like seafood, lol! Huts and threatening sky. Stray dogs and cats and too many mosquitoes! I decide to explore lonely one side of the beach.

Fantastic light giving an emerald reflection to the sea, the tide is low. On land, post card’s palm trees and conifers. Far away, empty canoes ripple on the surface of the water. Opposite, a small fishing community. I have the feeling of walking into a movie set. Light wind, the sky is covered like waiting for an impending tropical storm.

Always impressive, the sky turns black at once, no rain yet. I go to the boats first (picture 3), and then to the fishermen sitting in a large hut covered with palm leaves. Men, women and children are busy unraveling the threads. Exchange of smiles, I show my camera to ask if I can take pictures and portraits.

I appreciate when people photographed are complicit and forget my presence. Sometimes there are meetings and great energy, as in this group. As always the best meetings are those due to chance. I barely had time to make some shots that other journalists arrive (!). It starts to rain, I have to leave in the direction of the restaurant. Many thanks to this small community for their hospitality!

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