7 hidden gems of Portugal

 Hidden gems are one of the best parts of traveling. When you go to a different country, most people just go to the most popular locations. I am not saying not to go to these, but you should definitely check out all of these awesome ‘hidden places’. Since I lived there for 3 years, I am going to talk about some of Portugal’s must see hidden gems.

  1. First we have Livraria Bertrand, Lisbon. This is a stunning bookshop, founded in 1732 in Lisbon that entered the Guinness Book of World records as the oldest functioning bookstore in the world in 2011.  

  2. Next, let’s talk about a city. Coimbra used to be the capital of Portugal in the Middle Ages and has the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world, The University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 which is still an operative university and where you can go and visit. Considering it’s so old, the city is full of beautiful old architecture. It’s definitely a must-see.

   3. Costa Nova do Prado is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. It’s located near Porto and it’s pretty much a beach but with some beautiful houses around and honestly, I’m just gonna let the picture speak for itself…

   4. Praia de Benagil is a beautiful and unique beach in Lagos, Algarve. It is well known for the stunning cave with a hole on top that is now called – ‘The eye’. It’s so special and a perfect place for taking pictures. It looks like something from a movie.

  5. Another beautiful bookshop is Livraria Lello. This is the bookshop where J. K. Rowling got the inspiration for her Harry Potter books. It’s a magical place and even though it’s a pretty small shop, there are always lots of tourists visiting it. I guess you could say it’s not really a hidden gem, but I think it should be talked about more.

  6. Leiria is a very small city where I lived. It’s not very popular, but I have to say it’s just so nice and all the people are so friendly. There is this really beautiful castle in the middle of the city and the center has all of these really unique buildings. And considering it’s so small, you can walk all around the city. It’s just a really great place to  visit and it’s also right between Lisbon and Porto, so you can just stop there.

  7. Aveiro is another city in Portugal, but it looks exactly like Portugal’s very own Venice. There is this river with tons of interesting and beautiful boats you can ride around the city. Also, just as all the other cities I talked about, the architecture is so unique and cool, you definitely have to visit it. 

 Hope these help you out on your next trip to Portugal and I will try and make this a series so that you can find different, hidden places all around the globe. Have a great day,

                                                                                                        XOXO,Delayla

Places to visit while in Bucharest

Hi guys, since I haven’t posted any traveling posts in a while, I figured why not do one about my city. So here are some really interesting places to visit in Bucharest:

  • Carturesti carusel. This is one of the most impressive bookshops in Europe. It’s located in the Old City and the architecture of the whole building is stunning.
Cărtureşti Carusel, Bucharest, Romania. - European and International  Booksellers Federation | Facebook
Carturesti Carusel
  • The Old City. This is a stunning place to just stroll around and stop to eat or at a bar. It is one of my favorit places.
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Obiective turistice din Centrul Istoric București care pot fi vzitate la pas
  • Gismigiu Gardens. This is one of the oldest parks in Bucharest and it’s stunning. You can go on the lake with a bout or just walk around.
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555! Grădina Cişmigiu, istoria NEŞTIUTĂ a celui mai VECHI PARC din BUCUREŞTI !
  • University square. This is a place a lot of people just like to come and socialize. It as some really cool statues.
Bucureşti- subiectiv prin obiectiv: Piaţa Universităţii, văzută de... | B365
Piata Universitatii - SOS Bucharest | Bucharest, Tourist, City guide
  • Arcul de Triunf. The Triumph Arch was built after Romania gained it’s independence so that the troops can march under it when they came home from war.
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Arcul de Triumf din București, România
  • The Palace of the Parliament. This is one of the biggest buildings in Europe. It has over 2000 rooms and you can visit some parts of the building.
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Casa Poporului | Sightseeing | Bucharest

Hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you want to see next. Have a great day,

XOXO,Delayla

Some great fashion blogs

I’ve been doing some research on various fashion blogs, photographers, editors and magazines. Today I am going to share with you guys some of the awesome blogs I found. Maybe tomorrow I will talk about some photographers and update you on my research everyday.

  1. https://notjessfashion.com/ This is a great blog, it really helped me with a lot of things, and it’s very inspiring. I highly recomend it.
  2. http://www.workworkwork.co/ Katherine has some really good styling tips and lifestyle tips. It’s really good.
  3. https://carodaur.com/ Caro is a fashion model, and has a lot of stories and photos from fashion weeks and other fashion events.
  4. https://www.freddieharrel.com/ She is a great storyteller and has been mentioned in a lot of famous magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan etc.
  5. http://modestmira.blogspot.com/ She has great style, travel, beauty and reading tips.
  6. http://www.afashionfix.co.uk/ In this blog, she talks a lot about designer goodies, architecture and travel. It’s quite interesting.

If you would like more content like this let me know. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Travel essentials

Since I do travel a lot, I thought I could give you some tips and tricks for a more comfortable experience/travel. You might already know some of these, but maybe some might actually help you.

  1. The first thing that I find is one of the most important, is having your phone fully charged AND having an external battery.
  2. Next, of course you need your passport, plane ticket and other documents you might need to leave the county.
  3. You should always have something warm, like a warm jacket or a blanket, because normally it is pretty cold inside the plane.
  4. Ways have snaks with you. The food in airports and airplanes is very expensive.
  5. Have a little pouch where you put your passport and documents so that you can carry it in your bag. It’s very helpful because you don’t have to spend 1,000 years looking for your passport or plane ticket.
  6. Also always have a book or notebook so that you can kill some time.
  7. If you are travelling with a friend or family, bring some cards so that you can play together.
  8. I almost forgot, ALWAYS have ear buds or headphones with you. I wouldn’t have survived any of my flights without my trust worthy headphones.

Hope these help, of they did, leave a like. Do you have any other tips?