I’ve had a lovely break from the blog, but it’s time to get back to the grindstone. LOL, I don’t really mean that. I love blogging, but it is nice to have a break every now and again—although our break was disrupted due to cancelled holidays. We were actually supposed to have driven back to England over Christmas but we ended up having to cancel because of all the restrictions. It was such a shame because we were so looking forward to spending Christmas with my in-laws and finally getting together with my brother and sister who I haven’t seen for a couple of years. But, hopefully, we’ll make it over in the next few months and we’ll open all our pressies then instead! The cancelled holidays did enable us to discover some amazing vegan donuts though… read on!
Instead of Christmas in the UK, we had a lovely day with my dad and a fabulous evening with some dear friends. And then the following day (my 46th birthday) we headed up to Lisbon for a few days with those same friends. And boy did we have a laugh! We seemed to spend the majority of our time in restaurants eating the most wonderful vegan food we’ve ever tasted.
If you’re wondering why we’re eating vegan food, it’s because earlier this year, Michael and I decided to stop consuming animal products. To be honest, we hadn’t been eating much meat over the past couple of years, and whenever we did, we always felt uncomfortable. So, it was a relatively easy decision. But the main reason is because we are such animal lovers and it just didn’t seem right to continue on that path. I’m happy to say that we haven’t once regretted our choice, either.
We always laugh whenever someone asks us, ‘what on earth do you eat?’ because most non vegans assume that our diets are incredibly limited. But nothing could be further from the truth! We eat the most delicious foods every day, and we often experiment with things we’d never even heard of before. It’s truly wonderful. I plan on sharing some of my favourite recipes in upcoming posts, so do stay ‘tuned’.
Lisbon has some of the best vegan restaurants too, so we were totally spoilt for choice. Our friends are also vegan and they frequently visit the capital so they knew exactly where to take us. But I’ll save those details for another post. I should however, mention the vegan donuts. O.M.G. If you’re ever in Lisbon, you need to check out Scoop N Dough—a vegan donuts and ice cream shop/cafe that was named The Best Vegan Donuts by HappyCow (kind of like a vegan tripadvisor). They’re insanely delicious (and probably responsible for the extra muffin top around my waist at the moment lol. But so worth it!).
We saw the latest Matrix Resurrections movie whilst in Lisbon and it was freaking EPIC! Have you seen it? Don’t you just love Keanu Reeves? He was amazing, in fact I’d even say that it was better than the earlier movies. So if you get the chance to see it, I cannot recommend it enough. We watched the late afternoon viewing at the cinema in the Colombo Shopping Centre and I must say I was super impressed. The seats were very comfortable and because we watched it at 5pm, it wasn’t busy at all. Once finished, we headed back into the city for yet another meal before calling it a night.
Another thing that we got up to in Lisbon was this…
Michael and the others actually rented e-scooters late at night after a meal but I was too much of a coward to try it. I’ve always been like that…ever since I was a kid, I was always the scaredy cat in our little group of friends! But the following day, I hopped on to the front of Michael’s instead which was ridiculously good fun. I’ve vowed to rent my own next week when we return (let’s see lol). It was funny seeing people’s faces watch us middle-aged folk squealing around on a scooter though. We did laugh. Boy did we laugh!
We treated ourselves to a stay in a fabulous five star hotel, the Porto Bay hotel (behind us in the photos, above) just off the Avenida da Liberdade (where all the exclusive shops are, like Louis Vuitton and Rolex, for example) and we had such an amazing time that we’re booked to go back next week for our friend’s birthday. I can’t wait! I just hope this blasted cold I’ve got is gone by then. I didn’t really take any photos, because we were just chilling out and enjoying ourselves, I didn’t even think about taking my camera with me! The photos, above, are typical tourist snaps kindly taken by our pals.
But that’s enough for now. I’ve gone on long enough. How was your Christmas and what have you been up to since? I hope you’ll share all your posts in the first Neverending Style Link-Up of 2022, below. All subjects are welcome, as you can tell seeing as I didn’t once mention fashion or style in this post LOL. See you next week!