I will start this article with an invitation to a visual culinary experience. Arrived in Santander we went at Casona Del Judio where Chef Sergio Bastard spoiled us with 9 dishes that we will not forget soon. I felt even more spoiled than my #feericteam as he prepared for each course something vegetarian for me.
Big was our surprise to see him there at each moment, from opening the wine himself, to presenting the plates and explain each of the courses. Talking about surprises, every single plate had a story, a combination of tastes, but the one that impressed us much, was one of the desserts that while tasting it, we could inhale the smeel of burned hay, which is the smell he grew up with at his grandpartents. Chef Sergio, you took fine dining to another level and I can’t thank you enough!
Right after that we made a quick stop at Santander beach on our way to Bilbao.
That was love at first sight. And most probably the city we have walked the most. From early morning till late in the night we walked and walked and… discovered nothing but beauty.
In order to understand better the fashion industry there we had a talk with Biaaf ( Bilbao International Art & Fashion ) at the Cristobal Balenciaga Museum in Getaria. Such interesting talk we had with Rocio, that presented us their work and all the steps of helping young emerging designers.
I, for myself saw myself staying in Bilbao for a while… but then we had to continue our journey and next on the list was… Porto.
Bom Dia Portugal!!! Show me why I felt in love with you while being a small child watching portughese telenovelas hahah.
Always felt attracted by portughese culture, blame it on el sangre latino or not, but I enjoyed the days spent here more than I could express in words.
Had the pleasure to meet Scar-Id Store and talk about the local fashion industry and we loved to find out each detail of their approach to designers that confirms once again you can do bussines on a friendly level. They support a lot the local desigers and if you are ever around made sure you pay them a visit. As they have their own line also, Ater, we met there the designer behind it, Hugo Veiga and besides the level of professionalism and creativity in design, he had such a nice way of telling us his story and the probems he encounters in the industry… I would advise him (once again) to start teaching. He would be a very good professor, amoung other things.
There is so much beauty around in Portugal! It was a huge pleasure to get lost on the city streets! Each corner of the street was a surprise and walking 15 km a day felt nothing but pure joy ( and great legs)
On our way to Lisbon we made few more stops to discover the beauty of the places we have only heard of. And by the time we reached Nazare we were halfway of our journey.
35 cities. 9 countires, 5500 km, 30 days… and counting!
SO we have reached Lison… God knows how much I wished for the time to stop while being there! I didnt have enough of it and that is good, so I have reasons to come back. And so I will.
Meeting Moda Lisboa was so inspiring as we came across people so dedicated to help emerging designers develop and work in the industry. It is common that we met only kind people wheerever we went, but I canoot help it of thanking them again for the warm welcome!
Now I invite you in a trip to… the future. Hosted by Evolution Lisboa, a high tech hotel right in the heart of Lisbon, I must admit, was the only place that could keep me inside and not feeling sorry about not walking down those streets of the city. Do you know that kind of hotel that had everything, literally? there are not many but sure Evolution Lisboa is one of them. I mean please, contradict me if I am wrong. I will give you few examples so then you can decide. You can control your room with a phone application, open bar 24/7, sauna with a view… Did you book a city break yet?
Here to tease you more with some other places we encountered amoung our route if not.
Cabo da Roca – the westernest most point of Europe
We could’t have been in Lisbon without talking to one of the most promising designers out there. Constanca Entrudo is a textile designer that creates everything you see in her collections from scratch. Of such uniqness we rarely see, combining colors and fabrics in such a creative way, we truly felt in love with her work and I recommend you to follow it. There is much to be learned from her.
A boat trip was also in order cause… why not?
And now let’s walk together on the teritory of Longevity Alvor that besides its aestethics and comfortness offered us a healthy stay. Yes, you read it right. From enjoying a detox tea in the lobby, to healthy breakfast, aromatheraphy in the room… but then… the most healthy thing ever is a natural smile, and so was ours when we saw…:
Felt more than welcomed and I suggest you to take a break from your daily routine and check everything Longevity Alvor has to offer here.
Last stop in Portugal before reaching Spain again was Ponta da Piedade which proves what a beautiful architect nature is.
That’s it for now, I go listen to some flamenca before reaching Huelva.
Don’t forget to follow our journey here!
See you here same time, next week, with more stories <3