12 April 2015

Out & About - Spring Break #2

Hi My Land Browsers,

Back again, three days in a row... That must be a miracle, right? LOL. Well, as I said many times before, I am really trying to stay more committed to my blog, this little place I want so deeply to share with you guys! 
So, like promised, this post is the continuation of the small trip around Portugal  I had during this past Spring Break. As I said before, we stayed in a hotel in Alcobaça and each day we used the car to move around and also to get to know some of the little tows around that location. So, this way not only did we get to know Alcobaça pretty well, but also many other towns in that area. 

Hope you like it ;)











The pictures above are from this cozy little village called Óbidos. It's a medieval village surrounded by ancient walls and topped of with its amazing castle. Nowadays, the castle serves as a top rating hotel and it even has a renown restaurant, which we did try, so stay tuned for any upcoming Yummy Wednesdays, because I'll be featuring it there. This little village has been really hipped lately, because of its medieval fair in June and because of its live recreation of the nativity, not just the 3 main characters of course, but all the ambience and traditions of that time. It also has lots of local shops that sell every thing related to the village itself, so you can find there the usual postcards and souvenirs, but also works with cork (a local material) and their local famous liqueur. 





This beautiful sea skyline is from the town of Peniche, another fisherman's town, that now is also known to be a surf spot. Peniche holds a lot of national and international surfing competitions, and I think you can see why, in these pictures. We had just a little stop here, almost at the end of the day, only to appreciate the amazing view, but because it was a windy and cold we didn't stay for too long, so Peniche, is definitely a place to came back to.









So on our last day, Sunday and when we were already making your way back home, we decided to stop one last time and we chose the beautiful city of Batalha, also famous for its monastery. We didn't get to visit the inside, something we were already expecting, because it was Easter Sunday and a lot of religious ceremonies take place on this day. Never the less, it was really great to enjoy the breathtaking outside and take a stroll around the monastery on that beautiful sunny Sunday. It was really lovely to walk around such beautiful surroundings and enjoy this family day with my mummy, the one and only Queen Bee, who will be returning soon to this humble blog. Don't miss it. Also stay tuned, because I'll be featuring a fashion post with the look I wore above in detail. 

And that's a wrap...;)

XOXO
Maryanne C.

P.S. - The images above are all my own and I own the rights to them.

11 April 2015

Out & About - Spring Break #1

Hi My Land Browsers,

So, here in Portugal, Spring Break coincides with Easter, which was last weekend. To enjoy those few days of holidays, I went on a small trip, to get to know some new places in my own country. Sometimes we forget just how beautiful our own country can be and just focus on traveling abroad when there are so many hidden treasures lurking just around the corner. It was a mini break of four days, from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. My mum and I went first to Lisbon, which is where my grandparents house is and then made your way up in direction to Oporto, where our house is. We had a hotel booked in Alcobaça, which is a very nice small town with an amazing monastery. I've decided to divide this post into two so I can post more pictures and show you better how beautiful my country really is. 

Hope you like it ;)











All the pictures above are from this little cute fisherman's town called Nazaré (name in portuguese). I had never been here, and I just fell in love with this place. Nazaré has a very strong connection with the sea, due to its localization, and for that, has been a fisherman's town for ages. But not only the man had a role in this and so the woman of Nazaré are know for being very good fish sellers, if not the best. Times have changed, so now you can still see them wearing their traditional outfits but selling other things, like dried up fruits. An example of that, is Mrs. Carolina, who was very excited to be photographed with such a fancy camera. It was a laugh. Nazaré is now also known for being a surfers' town, because of its enormous waves. These waves have attracted the attention of world wide famous surfer Garrett McNamara, who actually owns a house in this cute little town. I think the pictures speak for themselves. You can also expect to eat very well in Nazaré. 

















All the pictures above are from the Alcobaça's Monastery and church. I have to say this place really spoke to my heart, first with the inside of the monastery and that amazing green filled cloister. Really one of the most beautiful, I have ever seen. Then, the church with those tombs. You might ask how can these tombs speak to my heart, right? Well, these are the tombs of king Pedro I and his "mistress" Lady Inês de Castro, the "Romeo and Juliette" of Portugal. Actually, she was more than is mistress , because when his first wife passed away, he decided to marry Lady Inês. By then Pedro (translation into Peter) was not yet the king and is father did not like Lady Inês, due to her brothers having connections with rival monarchies. So, because Pedro knew is father would not approved, he be wedded Lady Inês in secret, gave her a home of her own and they even had three children together. Unfortunately, luck was not on Lady Inês side and the king, Pedro's father send three man to kill her. Pedro was not warned in time to safe the love of his life , but swore over Inês' body to avenge her death and not stop until her murders were killed. He succeeded in his mission, inflicting as much pain as possible to the guilty men and when he became king, he took Inês from her simple grave, crowned her queen and put her to rest in one of the tombs you see in these pictures. He also had one built for him, as he wanted to rest by the side of his true wife. Many decades after the king's death, romantics changed the location of the tombs to opposite sides of the church, so that one day when they wake up to life again, the first thing they shall see is each others eyes. This is so beautiful!!! It's true love and romance and everything a girl likes. This portion of portuguese history has always been a fondness of mine, mainly because my second name is Inês. So, being there and seeing her tomb, I don't know, it was just sentimental to me. I also have read lots of books about her and she is always portrayed as a strong and fearless woman, what in fact I aim to be. 

And that's all for now, but with more to come...;)

XOXO
Maryanne C.

P.S. - The images above are all my own and I own the rights to them.

10 April 2015

Clothing Haul - Fashion Friday #2

Hi My Land Browsers,


Fashion Friday is BACK!!! I'm pretty excited about this, because first of all, I don't consider myself as a fashion blogger, I'm really not a trend setter or anything like that and I'm really not used to photograph clothes, so it was quite a challenge. With that in mind, I'm quite proud to bring you guys a clothing haul for the first time ever, here on Maryanne's Land! These were purchased during my spring break and they're the result of several trips to the mall and I must say was quite in need to renew some things in my closet and bring in a fresh Spring air. So, and without further adieu, let's get into it.

Hope you like it ;)


The grey tee is from Bershka and all the others are from Stradivarius.



The collar detailed tee is from Punt Roma, the skull one from Springfield
and the cropped one from Zara.


The jeggings are stretchy and from Stradivarius. Very comfy.
The sweater is from Bershka and I've a look with it coming up soon.


This long beach dress is from Oysho. It was really hard to photograph it in all its glory, so sorry.


Everything is from Intimissimi and I'm in love with that bra.



This was actually a gift, but I decided to include it in the haul anyway. It's from Parfois.


And that's a wrap...;)

XOXO
Maryanne C.

P.S. - The images above are all my own and I own the rights to them.