Our engagement at Cuadra San Cristobal!

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t has been almost a year since we got married and as promised I’m starting to spill the beans on all the wedding details, starting with our… engagement! People often think I’m lying when I say I had no idea Dieter was going to propose to me on our Mexico trip, but it’s true!  We’d been together for nine years and went to many equally stunning countries, and though we both had spoken about our hypothetical wedding many times over the years, it was always something that seemed far away in the future. I never had a doubt in my mind it would happen, the timeframe was just a bit of a mystery.
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Casa de Serralves, A pink Art Deco lover’s dream

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orto has just moved up on my bucket list, because I wouldn’t mind spending an afternoon at Casa de Serralves, an Art Deco lover’s dream! In many ways it reminds me of Villa Cavrois, but with two extra advantages: it’s in a warmer climate and there’s more pink. You can feel me swooning all the way from here to where you are, right?

Have a look at these amazing images of the place made by Liliana from the online magazine Taste of Portugal, a must visit website if you are looking for Portugal travel tips or are interested in Portuguese design.

Casa de Serralves was built between 1925 and 1944 and is a rare example of Streamline Moderne Architecture. The villa is now part of the Serralves Foundation in Porto’s western suburbs, Its first owner was Carlos Alberto Cabral, the second Count of Vizela , a man with a passion for contemporary  architecture who was part of Porto’s industrial elite. He commissioned architect José Marques da Silva to construct the Villa, a proces he was closely involved in.

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The Epic Guide to Havana

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avana… Guys, I have been wanting to write this guide for sooo long, and finally, here we are! If you ever have the chance to  travel to Cuba and visit Havana, do not hesitate. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. As a tourist, it’s a wonderful place to visit. An enchanting timecapsule in technicolor, unlike any other country in the world. Which is of course why it’s a whole different story when you live there. We talked to locals  who discribed their country as a “golden cage”, who had family in Miami they knew they’d never see again, and no matter how you look at that, it’s a tough situation.  We saw youth hang around outside hotels to get their hands on a WIFI card and get online with their laptops, something I think none of us can ever imagine as everyday life. But the vibes, the people, and the colors of this beautiful island make it one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited.

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The Epic Guide to Helsinki

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The Epic Guide to Helsinki - Noglitternoglory.comA while ago, I got to visit Finland for the very first time on a press trip with Iittala. The main focus of our trip was our visit to the glass blowing factory to see where the wonderful items were being made, but more about that fascinating process later. Despite the fact that it was a pretty short visit, I got to see enough of Helsinki to share a few favorite spots!

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