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SOTD CLUB | A sensorial journey to find your scent

Before you start reading: have you ever wondered what are the secret scents of your daily perfume? And how a fragrance can define a person and set the tone for first impressions and future memories? They have the ability to make us travel in time, identify recollections, create history and build long-tasting emotions. What if I tell you that there’s a private scent club with the mission of pairing our personality strengths and our most intimate desires with unparalleled fragrances from the best perfumistas? This is the premise of SOTD Club.

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“We want perfumes that leave us completely out of breath. We want perfumes that lean us against the wall. We want perfumes that make us dream higher.” (SOTD Club)

But keep in mind though that the words memorable and one-of-a-kind will stick indefinitely in your skin, just like that unique scent you can’t forget about. We’re heading back to the past and taking the best of it, when perfumes used to be totally unique, often created specifically for a single person, based on personality.

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So think about worldwide leading perfumistas, creating the most unique scents from virgin saffron of Iran, elegantly delicate Ylang Ylang from Indonesia, mysterious Oud from Myanmar, intensely fierce Bulgarian roses or exquisite vanilla oils from Madagascar, bottling them up to give away the opportunity of a lifetime to remain unforgettable.

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Through the passionate knowledge of the scent evangelist Pedro Dias and the Learning around the Cuco masterclasses, you’ll discover the inner secrets of their exclusive fragrances and the unspoken chemistry when touching your skin.

SOTD club masterclass Loja das Meias @@ TrenDestination
Scent evangelist Pedro Dias @ TrenDestination

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Recently launched in November 2016, this is an innovative concept around the niche of haute parfumerie created by 3 founding partners with a vivid and absolute flair for noteworthy aromas. In addition to the online store, these nose-picked curated perfumes are also available at Loja das Meias stores in Lisbon and Cascais (and soon in Porto). You can become an exclusive member here to receive in first hand news, samples and event invitations, such as their masterclasses. And just like a high-level wine tasting, get ready to awake all of your senses, including the hidden ones.

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Quick 7 (of the innumerous) secrets shared on their masterclasses:

  • Our olfactory system corresponds to 1% of our DNA
  • There are 3 fragrance notes of a perfume: top (first impression), middle (heart of the fragrance) & base (lasting impression)
  • Body temperature creates different fragrance levels on the skin
  • The panty dropper perfumes always include spices
  • Natural molecules (highly appreciated for their sophistication) vs. artificial molecules (in the majority of commercial perfumes)
  • Curious ingredients such as China ink with papyrus, black tea with bergamot, haxixe or dry rum can be found in some perfumes
  • Rose is the holy queen of perfumery
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Did you know that some of these perfumes carry inspirational stories with them?

Tabac Blond | A feminist move

A homage to women’s liberation, this subtly ambiguous and provocative fragrance combines leathery top notes usually found in men’s fragrances, tobacco leaves and an eternally feminine floral bouquet including vanilla. The great perfumer and the founder of the house of Caron, Ernest Daltroff,  created Tabac Blond in 1919. It was a fragrance for women who smoked cigarettes, since a cigarette was, at that time, the perfect chic symbol of freedom of a Parisian woman. This is a dry perfume with an intense note of smoke. The perfume notes are: leather, carnation, lime blossom, iris, vetiver, ylang-ylang, cedar, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris, musk.

Tabac blonde @ Caron

Eight & Bob | The scent of a President

The story of this perfume is a film script and the name of Eight & Bob reveals everything about it and human nature itself: Albert Fouquet, a Parisian aristocrat, created this perfume for himself. He never wanted to market it. John F. Kennedy met him in 1937 at the French Riviera, and was given some samples. When JFK returned to the US, the perfume became a star and he asked Albert for a sample and “if your production allows for it, another one for Bob.” On the fougère mood, the secret green plant from Chile, and the combination of the freshness of the bergamot and lemon on the top and some dried fruits and sandal and guaiac wood, this base is the definition of a grand homme.

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Putain des Palaces | One night stay

The reconstitution of the powdery smells of the King’s courts on a very feminine and sexy perfume. Some roses, lipstick and heavy take on leathery musk. This is the set: 7 am. Powdery roses in the air. I hate the guy who is sleeping in my bed. “Baby, it’s time to leave!”

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And now that you’ve read: would you be ready to discover what’s behind your scent?

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10 firecracker questions to… Add Fuel | The street tiler

Add Fuel (Diogo Machado, 1980) is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator. Once a former graphic designer, his recent artistic practice has been focused on reinterpreting and playing with the language of traditional tile design, as well as with the Portuguese tin-glazed ceramic azulejo in particular.

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Blending traditional and contemporary elements, his original vector-based designs and stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail. Based on a combination of tessellations which creates balance from symmetrical repetitions and visual illusion techniques such as trompe-l’œil, his multi-layered patterned compositions creates a poetic rhythm playing with the viewer’s perception and the possibilities of interpretation.


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One big important aspect for Diogo is to contextualize his interventions, so he usually re-draws patterns and/or uses original elements from each location, city or country. The core intent of his work (in it’s most primal essence) is to, by catching the attention of passersby, make them think about what lies beneath the beauty of our cities – commonly something that has always been there, the traditional culture. He has been showcasing his work in both solo and group exhibitions since 2006, as well as participating in some of the world’s leading urban art events.

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Urban equipment (electricity box in Cascais) – Muraliza ’15
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Street ceramics – MTV Portugal (Wishes campaign)

Diogo accepted the challenge to name his first thought when thinking about …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration 
DM: Anywhere close to the sea

#2. Restaurant with guts and character
DM: O Satélite at Graça and Pizzeria Il Siciliano in Cascais

#3. If you only had 30 minutes in Cascais
DM: A walk around the historic centre of Cascais ending at Marechal Carmona Park

#4. Porn dream food
DM: Seafood platter at Azenhas do Mar

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Cascais
DM: Eat a joaninha at Paulinha restaurant in Cascais

#6. Most used expression in Portuguese
DM: Sefaxavor and Obrigado

#7. Memorable hotel
DM: Sidi Driss (Star Wars Hotel)

#8. Portugal on a plate
DM: Codfish (any of the 1001 ways that can be cooked)

#9. Perfect spot to travel within Portugal
DM: Vicentine Coast

#10. Portugal is …
DM: This imperfect place I’m proud to call Home


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7 lucky & symbolic Chinese New Year dishes | Rooster 2017

The Chinese New Year begins on the first New Moon of the year, which is this January 28th. Being the Fire Rooster Year, the symbol itself of practical organization and calculated risks, this year also brings a higher level of clarity and intuition (#TrustYourGut).

But food symbology is the cornerstone of the celebrations. You might say you love Chinese food but you truly know what you should eat during these festivities in order to bring you luck and prosperity? Cut the crap (and crepes) and order the following 7 dishes if you want to celebrate in grand style this New Chinese Year 2017 and make good wishes! The best Chinese restaurants where you can try these delicacies are: Macau Dim Sim (Oeiras and Lisbon), Dim Sum, Estoril Mandarim, Dinastia Tang, The Old HouseMr. Lu, Grande Palácio Hong Kong.

“You might say you love Chinese food but you truly know what you should eat during these festivities in order to bring you luck and prosperity?”

#1. Dumplings, Jiaozi | Wealth and fortune

This is a very popular dish in Northern China. Often shaped to look like boat-shaped silver ingots, an ancient Chinese currency, are symbolic of prosperity and wealth due to their auspicious shape. Usually vegetables and pork-filled, they should be eaten only with soy sauce and garlic. More pleats, the better as they’re a strong sign of prosperity.

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#2. Long noodles, Mian tiao | Health & longevity

They’re the most known staple in Chinese cuisine but these longer-than-usual noodles should be served uncut since the long size means longevity, either stir fried or in a broth. It’s forbidden breaking them as it’s equivalent to cutting one’s life.

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#3. Whole chicken or duck, Jirou & Ya | Family unity, fidelity and good marriage

They should be served both with their feet and head attached due to its association with completeness and family unit. They go through a 3 hour cooking process until the skin is like thin paper.

#4. Whole fish, Yu | Wealth and fortune

The word fish in Chinese sounds like abundance and eating it means bringing fortune in the coming year. The head and tail must be intact as it represents a good beginning and ending for the coming year. It’s crucial to eat the fish in a certain way: it should be the last dish of the meal and there should be some left over, since it represents surplus for the year.

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#5. Glutinous rice cake, Nian gao | Prosperity

This is the official New Year’s cake. The name Nian gao is related to the phrase nian nian gao sheng which means “increasing prosperity year after year”. This dish helps the eater climb the social ladder. Hence, rice is one of the 12 symbols of sovereignty.

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#6. Sweet rice balls, Tangyuan | Family reunion and togetherness

This is one of my favorite desserts all time! The roundness of the rice balls signifies a complete circle of harmony and unity within the family. They are served in a soup and traditional fillings include sesame paste (fave), red bean or peanuts.

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#7. Mandarin oranges and tangerines, Juzi | Luck and success

Their names sound like good luck and gold in Mandarin. You won’t order them from the menu since they’re usually offered after your meal for free. No need to ask for them. It’s a great sign when they come with the stems and leaves as they represent longevity. You shouldn’t eat them in fours as it’s associated with death.

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Keep in mind (!)

On a last note, sweet food is mandatory in the wishing of a luscious life in next year. The number of dishes is also relevant: always 6, 8 or 10, which means smooth, getting prosperous and perfect, respectively. Whatever you do during these festivities, avoid eating these 2 things: tofu (white color related to bad fortune and death) and porridge (associated to poverty). Color is often symbolic and red, orange, green or gold foods are considered particularly auspicious.

  • White – bad luck, death, loss, mourning
  • Red – happiness, purity, celebration, health, luck
  • Orange – happiness, luck
  • Gold or yellow – happiness, prosperity
  • Green – luck, harmony

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Marseille, the French gem: Top 11 best things to do

Marseille is definitely très Française. The French national anthem isn’t called La Marseillaise for nothing. Marseille owns a unique type of French charm. A totally different one from Paris though. It’s warmer, smiley and effortlessly genuine. It owns a welcoming vibe that even if you don’t speak a word of French, you won’t feel like a weird meme.

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Being on the Coast, Marseille is France second largest city with 30,000 years old and is usually very crowded during summer (especially August) which makes of colder months a good time to visit it. It’s only 2h30 minutes away from Lisbon, flying with Ryanair at pretty cheap prices (around 45,00€). As you already know, TrenDestination is all about a singular perspective from each destination, where memorable experiences don’t come with a price tag. It’s not about the money you spend yet the memories you bring with you. Therefore, below you’ll find 11 best and unique things you must do in Marseille in order to get the local Marseillaise flavor.

#1. DRINK | Pastis

With an in-your-face anise and licorice based flavor and strong like nothing you ever tasted before (you won’t notice the amount of alcohol in it although it has 40% to 45%!), Pastis is definitely the signature beverage of Marseille. Before you buy it, try it please. Head to La Maison du Pastis shop at the Old Port and ask for a free sample. It’s also one of the best spots to purchase it as the staff can give you proper info about this peculiar drink.

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#2. EAT | Navettes de Marseille

Let me tell you that these apparently harmless boat shaped biscuits will kill your diet. With a soft fragrant orange blossom scent and its combination of softness with crunchiness in one bite, these gems from Marseille are unmissable. Les Navettes des Accoules bakery shop is my personal recommendation on where to buy the real traditional stuff. Try also their different macarons, cuccioles and canistrellis.

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#3. WALK AROUND | Le Panier

Here’s the itinerary to get around Le Panier neighborhood: get lost. That’s it. Wonder around and discover every tiny artistic piece of it. Since large parts of it are traffic restricted, it’s just perfect to go by foot for an hour or two. If you’re looking for handcrafted jewels, local designer goods or unique art pieces, this is the place. It represents Marseille alternative artistic vibe.

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#4. DISCOVER | The Arab Quarter

Habibi, if you truly appreciate the local genuine beauty of each place you visit, you can’t miss the Arab Quarter. It’s the symbol of the melting pot that is Marseille, with a very particular eclectic Afro-Arab vibe. Open up your senses and mind and you’ll be amazed with the locals’ pulse in this neighborhood.

#5. PHOTOGRAPH | The Old Port

Marseille Vieux Port makes it feel like summer even on winter. Stroll around as it’s pretty as a picture making it perfect to take endless photos from different perspectives. It’s Marseille most touristic spot, full of restaurants and bars, and always with loads of things going on. If you have phobia of getting bored, save time to visit it. Make sure you include a visit to the architecturally impressive MuCEM, located at the Port.

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#6. CLIMB | Notre-Dame de la Garde

Heading to this amazing cathedral will give you the opportunity of taking the panoramic picture of your life. The cathedral itself is pretty impressive with all its noble  ornaments but the 360º views outside are completely breathtaking. You get to see entire Marseille beauty from there. Hot tip: Get the number 60 bus from downtown and use the same ticket to return (up to 1 hour), for less than 2,00€ per person.

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#7. BUY | Marseille soap & Wines

The traditional Savon de Marseille is the oldest soap used in France with a square shape, made of vegetable oils and a white (palm oil) or green (olive oil) color. They make the perfect gift to revive Marseille. Provence is, hands down, one of the most underrated wine regions in France, however, it owns an impressive wine list where the rosé is definitely king.  Buying one (or two) wine bottles and drink at home is the ultimate local ritual sign so go for it.

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#8. LUNCH | Buffet with a view

Although it’s located in a touristic setting, this restaurant – Les Buffets du Vieux Port – has a nice offer of food with influences from Spain, Italy and obviously France. For the decent price of 23,00€ per person including varied fresh salads and starters, soups, cold meats and cheeses, 5 hot dishes, a full dessert station and a magnifique view to the Port included. If it’s sunny, grab a seat outside and work on your tan.

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Marseille Marselha France @ TrenDestination
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#9. DINE | Galettes & crepes

La Table Ronde is the spot where you have to eat to try traditional Breton galettes. Galette is a French term to designate a pancake made of buckwheat flour with a savory filling and nowhere else in Marseille you’ll eat any like these. Try the Complete galette with ham, Emmental cheese and egg although they’re all heavenly tasty.

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#10. HIGH-END EXPERIENCE | Marseille Michelin-star

With a Michelin star since 2014, restaurant AM from Chef Alexandre Mazzia celebrates the most remarkable high-end signature dishes you’ll find in Marseille. So if you’re seriously committed with impressive gourmet food without having to offer half of your wage, make sure you have a reservation, well in advance. They have a set lunch menu for 35,00€ per person including 4 amuse-bouche and 8 courses (#YouCantGetBetterThanThis).

#11. NIGHT | Night Walk by Google

Embodying the first-ever Google Street View by night, this experience will stroll you around the alleys and streets of hip-bohemian Cours Julien district. This interactive adventure will submerge you in the natural acoustics of the neighborhood with a soundtrack that reacts to your movements as you look and walk around. Just bear in mind that your device might run out of battery faster.

Marseille Marselha France @ TrenDestination
Marseille Marselha France @ TrenDestination

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25 inspirational quotes to make you travel the world in 2017

Travel is the ultimate soul cleansing. In this new year, make plans to see the world for your own eyes and give it a shot. You deserve it. This life you’re living is definitely the one and only you can make the difference. Stop the excuses and go for it. Get all the inspiration you need from the quotes below and start your journey. Jump and grab life by the balls.

#1. Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller — Ibn Battuta

#2. We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything — Jonah Lehrer

Sunset in Dili, Timor @ TrenDestination

#3. People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the people they ignore at home — Dagobert D. Runes

#4. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary — Steve Jobs

#5. Travel teaches toleration — Benjamin Disraeli

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#6. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions — Oliver Wendell Holmes

#7. Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories — Ray Bradbury

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#8. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries — Aldous Huxley

#9. And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later — Randy Komisar

#10. The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before  Albert Einstein

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#11. Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey — Pat Conroy

#12. When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting — Clint Borgen

#13. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it — Cesare Pavese

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#14. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone — Neale Donald Walsch

#15. Take only memories, leave only footprints — Chief Seattle

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#16. To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted — Bill Bryson

#17. The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it — Rudyard Kipling

Dubai Spice market @ TrenDestination

#18. To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown — Freya Stark

#19. All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware — Martin Buber

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#20. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends — Maya Angelou

#21. Travelling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station — Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

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#22. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list — Susan Sontag

#23. Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled — Prophet Mohammed

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#24. Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life  and travel  leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks  on your body or on your heart  are beautiful. Often though, they hurt Anthony Bourdain

#25. Adventure without risk is Disneyland  Doug Coupland

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Best wishes for 2017 in funny memes

If there was one thing in 2016 that just got better and better, it was: memes. They’re in the pole position along with non-stop emojis’ messaging, viral hashtags and crazy Snapchat filters. So, let’s finish this amazing year of 2016 with some good laughs. At the end of the day, we shouldn’t take ourselves too serious, right? Here it goes TrenDestination wishes for this amazing 2017 year all expressed in memes. After all, #MemorableExperiencesDontComeWithaAPriceTag.

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Make proper feasible wishes this time #RidingAPinkUnicorn
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Leave your cave once in a while.
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Don’t think twice.
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Could be worse.
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Evil is always funnier #EmbraceYourInnerKermitDevil
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Find your engagement material #CopyCat
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Travel all you can #RisingAboveBullshit
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Even if you just crossed the border #TheRealTourist
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Keeping it real #AllDayEveryday
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#Guilty
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Isn’t it?
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Feeling old already #AgeIsaStateofMind
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Get you a man who can do all 4 #BottomsUp

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10 unique Christmas gifts based on personality

Everyone likes to receive gifts and the ones saying they don’t, are lying.  And the only thing you need to do in order to convert and surprise a gift hater is: nail it. So, go through the list below and find 10 different Christmas gifts based on personality, individual taste and uniqueness. There’s at least one for everyone.

#1. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Lisbon book (from 16,95€)

This book is definitely a true hidden yet mandatory gem! It’s pocket sized, extremely easy to read (in english) and both locals and visitors should have it as it includes some of the most off-the-beaten info about Lisbon you won’t even imagined. Every main European capital has a special edition. Perfect for: Your annoying FOMO friend.

The 500 hidden secrets of Lisbon by Miguel Júdice
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#2. Beard Starter’s Kit (from 16,95€)

Barba Brada, known as the beard elixir brand, has this kit including 4 samples of each of the aromas from their beard oil collection. This way you don’t risk not choosing the right fragrance. Each mini bottle has 5 ml – completely travel size – all made of natural oils, giving a natural lush look to the beard. Perfect for: Your ultimate hipster dandy friend.

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#3. Beard Wipes – 12 Pack (from 11,00€)

This is definitely a quirky and unforgettable gift, made to wipe all those crumbs after a nice piece of cake (#sofreshsocleanclean). They come individually packed which make them perfect for any travel. Perfect for: That friend looking like Robin Williams in Jumanji.

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#4. Sunrise Succulent Terrarium Necklace (from 8,34€)

Sunrise is a native from South Africa. Her rosette like leaves contains beautiful pink to purple color tones and green hues, characterized by pointed thick fleshy leaves. There’s no girl who won’t find this necklace so cute that they can’t avoid jumping on your neck and cover you with kisses – if that’s your intention. Yeah, a bit lame I know, but shouldn’t be the holiday season like that anyway? Perfect for: Girlfriend material sweetheart.

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#5. Cork LED light (from 13,90€)

Have you ever thought of re-using that Vodka bottle for an extra purpose other than shots (#BottomsUp)? This USB rechargeable LED light made of cork is the ultimate gift to do it. The light is always white which makes it great for colored bottles. Perfect for: The techie heavy drinker colleague.

LED cork light USB rechargeable @ Bairro Arte
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#6. Beach Please slippers (from 24,90€)

What better way of warming up Christmas season if not introducing summer straight away? These hipster cool slippers are part of TheWhiteBrand summer collection – which is pretty much sold out. They’re wonderfully comfy and stylish to travel with. There’s an on-going promotion offering you the 6th pair upon buying 5 units. Perfect for: Your winter-season-hater & one-day-I’m-gonna-quit-my-job-and-travel-the-world sister.

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#7. Water A5 memobottle 750 ml (from 24,50€)

It has the shape of a paper sheet, with an incredible minimalist, functional and elegant design to perfectly fit in any handbag, folder or laptop case. There’s a smaller version of 375ml. It already won several prizes for its innovative design. Perfect for: Your eco-chic aunt.

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@ Memobottle

#8. Round Wood Cutting Board (from 4,00€)

I’m pretty sure you heard about these boards before. They became widely known through Jamie Oliver. Gradirripas, the company behind it, creates different shapes, including exclusive types of boards upon request. The rounded-shape board is the most peculiar one and looks amazing on a table. Perfect for: Your obsessed gourmet cousin.

Gradirripas tábua redonda madeira Jamie Oliver
@ Gradirripas

#9. Jacarandá hand cream 50 ml (from 8,90€) 

Benamôr is a totally made in Portugal brand since 1925, all about natural ingredients and charming vintage tubes. This Jacarandá hand cream is their most Lisbon scent as it’s inspired in the trees that cover the entire city with lilac petals during Spring time, containing aloe vera and shea butter too. Perfect for: That Edward Scissorhands  friend.

Jacarandá hand cream_soap @ Benamôr 1925 A Vida Portuguesa
@ Benamôr

#10. Blandy’s Madeira 10 Year Bual (25,50€)

Forget about Port wine for a minute, ok? According to Forbes 12 Best Wines of 2016 list, this 10 Year Bual is one of the best-kept secrets of the wine world, Madeira, perfect for desserts. It’s rich and sweet with nutty and spicy notes. Perfect for: Your posh wine connoisseur uncle.

Blandys 10 years bual Madeira wine 500 ml
@ Prestige Wines Portugal

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Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

As human beings we need simple things in life. Meaning: a high-quality cup of coffee or tea with the finest herbs, a homemade sweet piece of pastry and an awesome wifi connection. And let’s face it: how many times have you wandered around Lisbon looking for these three little things? I know, too many. That’s exactly why I decided to share the top 5 places for you to sip, work, snap, facetime, chat, eat, or simply do nothing – all at once. They are especially good options if you’re in the mood of having a one-on-one with your gadgets. Shout out to all the digital nomads, millennials vs. generation Z and hard chillers out there. Be ready to leave Portugal for a day and get inspiration from France, Austria, Denmark or the United States, without leaving your chair.

Nicolau Cafe | Healthy, tasty & laid back kingdom

I bet you’re wondering wtf is Nicolau or what it means. No? You should. It’s the posh dog responsible for this place. You’ll see him… framed.

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
Sir Nicolau @ TrenDestination

Well, this cafe is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown. It opened in August this year and it’s part of Home Lisbon Hostel – don’t let this detail fool you since you can’t even noticed it. What’s cool about this place is that they serve a great brunch (for 13,00€)… everyday! Yeah, no more Saturdays or Sundays only annoying options. They have some of the best pancakes in town. Let me spell it, B-E-S-T. Hence, there are tons of other healthy and very tasty options on the menu. I bet you’ll return right after your first visit (#guilty).

Nicolau Lisboa best pancake @ TrenDestination
Nicolau pancake (with mascarpone and raspberries) @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: There is a vinyl record player in the room and you can choose from their music options and play the vinyl you want. Nice move!

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their lattes and cappuccinos – the type leaving you with a proper foamy moustache. My favorite is the Matcha – properly made and the best I’ve tried so far in… Portugal!

Nicolau Lisboa green tea matcha @ TrenDestination
Matcha @ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 7,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 218 860 312
Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 17, Baixa, Lisboa
Opened Monday (9:00am to 5:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (9:00am to 6:30pm) / Saturday (9:00am to 6:00pm) / Closed on Sunday


Copenhagen Coffee Lab | The Nordic cozy minimalism

This place is all about high-quality coffee so if you’re a coffee nerd, you’ll feel at home. I’m totally into the minimalist whitey decor vibe of this cafe, which began as a simple coffee truck. It’s incredibly simple yet inviting and cozy.  There are two rooms and the smallest in the back is just perfect in case you need a little bit of more privacy. Take a closer look to their daily fresh Danish pastry – you’ll find some yummy surprises such as the insanely good cinnamon buns and the fluffy carrot cake.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon
@ Facebook Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon

Hot tip: Half of the space is non-laptop allowed so in case you’re bringing yours, ask first for the right seat (there aren’t many electric plugs available). There are coffee bags ready to buy, so try the one you want first and bring them home. 

Don’t miss: The Danish filter coffee (or the chai latte if you’re a non-coffee drinker). If you really dig North European flavors, go for the knäckebröd (crispbread with herbed cream and cured cheese).

Cappuccino Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 916 604 054
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 10, Príncipe Real, Lisboa 1200-405 L
Opened everyday (8:00am to 7:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (from 9:30am)


TEASE | The one & only NY cupcake heaven

I’m a huge fan of this place since it was located in Bairro Alto 6 years ago but it’s so much better in Príncipe Real now. It definitely attracts a more hipster crowd and the atmosphere is very chilling. It’s mostly known for its cupcakes but nowadays has a wider menu including all types of light lunch dishes plus some great signature cocktails. Who said you can only eat cupcakes with tea or coffee? However, their cupcakes will knock you down. You’re nobody if you don’t order at least one.

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Don’t let the cupcake scenery fool you as they have a good variety of salads, toasts, waffles, soups, etc. more than worth to try. Why not order a bunch of different cupcakes for your next birthday party? Throw your big cake idea through the window (#ByeSlicesAndNapkins).

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ Facebook Tease

Don’t miss: The red velvet cake! This is the one thing you can’t definitely miss. There isn’t any other so good looking cake like this one. As an option, you have the red velvet cupcake as well.

Tease cupcakes Príncipe Real @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 215 962 773
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 15, Praça das Flores, Príncipe Real, Lisboa
Opened everyday (9:00am to 9:00pm) / Friday and Saturday (9:00am to 11:00pm)


Kaffeehaus | From Austria  with attitude

Vienna is just in the heart of Chiado. At Kaffeehaus, you’ll find a relaxing yet modern place, covered with film posters. They offer authentic Austrian specialties such as all type of schnitzel, grilled sausages, homemade tarts and cakes (including the both famous Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel). From all 5 café suggestions, this might be where you’ll spend most money but you’re in Austria for a day – what were you expecting? But on the bright side you can bring your dog as it’s pet-friendly. Once inside, you just lose track of time and by the end you’ll be asking for die rechnung, bitte!

Kaffehaus Lisbon downtown Chiado
@ Kaffehaus Lisbon Facebook

Hot tip: You can eat anything from the menu anytime so be a rebel and have a steak for your mid-afternoon snack.

Don’t miss: Choosing a seat outside and getting some free tan, while you envy people passing by and carrying luxury brand bags (#callitgettinginspiration).

More info:
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 210 956 828
Address: Rua Anchieta, 3, Chiado, Lisboa
Opened on Monday (12:00pm to 4:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (12:00pm to 12:00am) / Saturday (11:00am to 12:00am) / Sunday (11:00am to 8:00pm)


L’Éclair | A glimpse of Paris in Lisbon

If you’re in the mood to feel French for a day and forget about that Ryanair 9,99€ promo you lost, head to L’Éclair in Saldanha. It has a clean, classy and modern look with that charming parisien vibe and that one thing extremely valuable inside a place: enough distance between tables – thumbs up! The choice of your éclair depends obviously of your favorite flavors BUT the salted butter caramel with popcorn and the rose lychee raspberry éclairs are definitely one of a kind. You’ll also find some cute colorful macarons so before they bite you, take the lead.

L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: Try not to go near their closing time as the éclair choice might not be that varied.

L'Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination
L’Éclair Saldanha @ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their salty éclairs with all type of good stuff inside like smoked salmon, smoked duck breast or parmesan Reggiano cheese AOP. Only served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

More info:
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 211 363 877
Address: Avenida Duque de Ávila, 44, Saldanha, Lisboa
From Tuesday to Friday (8:30am to 8:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (9:30am to 7:00pm) / Closed on Monday


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Nicolau Lisboa | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Nicolau Cafe | Healthy, tasty & laid back kingdom

I bet you’re wondering wtf is Nicolau or what it means. No? You should. It’s the posh dog responsible for this place. You’ll see him… framed.

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
Sir Nicolau @ TrenDestination

Well, this cafe is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown. It opened in August this year and it’s part of Home Lisbon Hostel – don’t let this detail fool you since you can’t even noticed it. What’s cool about this place is that they serve a great brunch (for 13,00€)… everyday! Yeah, no more Saturdays or Sundays only annoying options. They have some of the best pancakes in town. Let me spell it, B-E-S-T. Hence, there are tons of other healthy and very tasty options on the menu. I bet you’ll return right after your first visit (#guilty).

Nicolau Lisboa best pancake @ TrenDestination
Nicolau pancake (with mascarpone and raspberries) @ TrenDestination

Hot tip: There is a vinyl record player in the room and you can choose from their music options and play the vinyl you want. Nice move!

Nicolau Lisboa cafe downtown @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

Don’t miss: Their lattes and cappuccinos – the type leaving you with a proper foamy moustache. My favorite is the Matcha – properly made and the best I’ve tried so far in… Portugal!

Nicolau Lisboa green tea matcha @ TrenDestination
Matcha @ TrenDestination

More info:
Nicolau Lisboa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 7,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 218 860 312
Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 17, Baixa, Lisboa
Opened Monday (9:00am to 5:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (9:00am to 6:30pm) / Saturday (9:00am to 6:00pm) / Closed on Sunday


Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Copenhagen Coffee Lab | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon

Copenhagen Coffee Lab | The Nordic cozy minimalism

This place is all about high-quality coffee so if you’re a coffee nerd, you’ll feel at home. I’m totally into the minimalist whitey decor vibe of this cafe, which began as a simple coffee truck. It’s incredibly simple yet inviting and cozy.  There are two rooms and the smallest in the back is just perfect in case you need a little bit of more privacy. Take a closer look to their daily fresh Danish pastry – you’ll find some yummy surprises such as the insanely good cinnamon buns and the fluffy carrot cake.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon
@ Facebook Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon

Hot tip: Half of the space is non-laptop allowed so in case you’re bringing yours, ask first for the right seat (there aren’t many electric plugs available). There are coffee bags ready to buy, so try the one you want first and bring them home. 

Don’t miss: The Danish filter coffee (or the chai latte if you’re a non-coffee drinker). If you really dig North European flavors, go for the knäckebröd (crispbread with herbed cream and cured cheese).

Cappuccino Copenhagen Coffee Lab Lisbon @ TrenDestination
@ TrenDestination

More info:
Copenhagen Coffee Lab. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 916 604 054
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 10, Príncipe Real, Lisboa 1200-405 L
Opened everyday (8:00am to 7:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (from 9:30am)


Read full post here: Coffee, cakes and wifi | 5 best international cafes in Lisbon