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Travel – 10 days in Sesimbra, Portugal

August 16, 2018
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Last week I got back from a 10 day holiday in Portugal, which is where I am from originally. It was the first time I visited in a year and a half and it was great to go back. We stayed in Sesimbra, a small town by the sea where you can enjoy the beach and the sun all you want.

I stayed mostly in Sesimbra and took little trips in the vicinity to do some sightseeing. There are lots of things to see around there, especially if you fancy exploring historical spots.

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The first spot we explored was the castle, a structure originally from medieval times, is worth visiting not only because it’s fun to climb up on its walls but also because the view from it is stunning, as it is perched on a hill.

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We then proceeded to visit the town centre, where it is somewhat touristic but still pleasant – and not too crowded. It’s also been cool to see that they’ve had a few artists come in and create sea and fishing themed murals, that really fit in with the old construction style.

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The area not only has historical spots but also places of geological interest – especially if you’re interested in palaeontology, as there are several areas where you can go and see dinosaur tracks, such as the ones we saw in Zambujal.

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Further down the same road, you can also visit Cape Espichel, where you can find the old lighthouse (and some abandoned structures that used to support an antenna), as well as the Nossa Senhora do Cabo sanctuary, a pilgrimage spot popular in the 17th century and now virtually abandoned, save for the church.

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While we were there, some days we suffered immensely with the heat, as there was a heat wave coming in from the North of Africa. We stayed cool by going to the pool or the sea and protecting ourselves with plenty of sunscreen, so we were prepared. If you are planning on going away on holiday as well, Groupon has a few discount codes for Argos, where you can stock up on beach appliances such as towels and windbreakers.

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I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared against the sun, especially during a heatwave. Luckily Argos has all the necessary accoutrements necessary to spend our days at the beach as comfortable as possible – which is what we did! The windbreakers were a lifesaver, with the strong winds that occasionally rose up and insisted on throwing the sand at us! Umbrellas are also super useful and when they’re colourful they make for some cool photos of the beach, with all the colourful circles spread around.  

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Apart from the beach in Sesimbra, there are other beaches in the area that are worth visiting, such as Ribeiro do Cavalo. We ended up not descending down to the beach as I didn’t think it was safe to do in flip flops but with appropriate footwear for climbing it should be worth a visit. At least we got to see the nice views of the area!

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It was 10 days of sun, beach and good food – not to mention great company too. So, coming back was a bit sad… but there’s always next year again!

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Art – new mural collaboration with DRT London

August 10, 2018
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A few weeks back (before I went away on holiday) I had the privilege of collaborating with DRT London, a street artist well known for his stained glass-like geometrical murals. A wall opportunity arose in Hackney Wick and we finally got to do a collaboration mural, as we had been discussing for a while.

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The paste-up I used was the first in a series I am inaugurating and that I hope to work on further in the next few months based on relationship breakups. Some of the phrases used will be from situations I lived personally, others have been submitted by friends and other Instagram followers. All in all, I believe a relatable series… who hasn’t been broken up with?

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This was also the first time I have ever tried using spray paint in a mural (I’ve only used it minutely on some small pieces I have created on canvas recently). I found it hard to master, so that means I will have to be practising a bit more! It’s a challenge that I would be interested in trying anyway, so it all good!

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Anyway, enjoy the photos, we had a great time creating this and I’m looking forward to creating some more street art in London soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to join my mailing list – where you’ll be informed of any promotions, exhibitions and new artwork, sign up here.

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Book Review – The Mismade Girl by Sasha Grey

May 7, 2018
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I believe that by this point Sasha Grey dispenses any further presentation – she is one of the few adult stars that made a transition into “mainstream” culture and doesn’t seem to have suffered from her previous career choices. (I am particularly fond of a music project she collaborated with, aTelecine).

If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough, you will know that this is not the first time that I review one of Ms Grey’s books. The first in the trilogy was called The Juliette Society and you can read my review here.

I have to confess that I didn’t get to read the second book in the series but the publisher Cleis Press was kind enough to send me a copy of the third and final title in the trilogy, “The Mismade Girl”. Don’t let this stop you from picking up this tome – there are enough references to the previous happenings for the story to make sense.

The main character of the series, Catherine, is now a well-known journalist who gets offered the scoop of her life by a powerful man, Mr X. I don’t want to give too much of the story away in this review so I’ll leave it at that. I will instead say that Ms Grey has a very fertile imagination when it comes to risque situations! Another aspect that I enjoyed about the book is how BDSM is portrayed – Ms Grey knows what she is talking about and has many reflections on it throughout the book. It’s inevitable not to mention the 50 Shades of Nonsense book, as unfortunately, it’s still the most popular book on the subject, that perpetuates a lot of misconceptions – even recently, a new film in the series came out and I didn’t bother to watch it but this review is not only hilarious but also says all you need to know about what is wrong with it.

Anyway and going back to the book at hand, I think that the author’s writing has matured and while there are still a lot of thought wanderings about all sorts of things like relationships, sex, etc, they didn’t feel as shoehorned in as much as in the first book. This was an enjoyable piece of erotica and a great read to make those intolerable commutes in London a little bit more tolerable.

To purchase your own copy of The Mismade Girl, go here. 

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Guest post – Top 5 Exotic Wedding Destinations across Europe

February 27, 2018
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Couples who want a unique and lovely destination wedding in a setting that is so beautiful, it is what fantasies are made of, seek the following locations. Couples step into an exotic world. Brides glow in their fairytale wedding dress, and the world around them pauses.

 

Suenti Stefan Island, Adriatic Sea

This beautiful destination is a premier location for the romantic destination wedding. It is unspoiled by big commerce. The natural beauty is protected. People who want the best of everything for their wedding come to Saint Stefan Island. The resort accommodations blend in effortlessly. Must care is taken to allow guests the finer things in life, without disturbing the area.  If you want an exotic tropical wedding, this is the place to go.

Underground caverns in Cornwall, UK

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This beautiful underground cavern is like stepping into another world. The landscape is otherworldly. It is complete with underground lakes, special lighting, and formations that are unusual and unlike any other. Only the unstoppable force of nature can carve this world, and this is the same unstoppable force that will sustain your union.

Gibraltar

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This natural beauty is said to be the birthplace of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. There are nearby resorts that will accommodate up to 50- guests. The beauty of the area, combined with the very essence of love is a dream come true for a couple. Enjoy clear aqua water and a host of tropical plants. In the near backend enjoy there is a  beautiful rainforest.

Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel Sweden

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Every November, artist sweep on to the frozen land of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden to create] a one of a kind hotel. The art can never be repeated. It is unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

We all know that there are beautiful places to be married in Europe, We all know about the wonders of Paris, the majesty of England, the incredible artwork. The architecture in Europe is among the best of the work. World-famous fountains, and even historical bridges art too numerous to list. However, we would encourage you to experience Europe on a much deeper level. You will find a land and a people that are resilient and courageous. These are a people that formed our world. What better place to begin your life as man and wife.

Do your homework!

Just like in the United States, there are different rules that must be followed for your wedding to take place. You will need various types of paperwork. Some areas have waiting periods of up tp 15 days. This can be a problem if you were only scheduled for a 7-day leave from your office.

Other considerations:

  • Some countries will accept American marriage license and some will not. Some require a translator certify the license document with a stamp and signatures
  • Some countries require a passport, health records, and background check before they will let you in.
  • Some require a return ticket to show how long you will stay.

Getting married in Europe is great, but it takes some work so be sure you know what is required before you go.