It's Sunday morning, my son and I decided to go for the local market in center of Cascais. It takes fifteen minutes by walk from our home. On Saturdays and Sundays there is a farmers market where you can buy fresh flowers, veggies, fruits and etc. At the same time Flea market called Feira D'Avila takes place every 1|4|5 Sunday. If you miss this one in Cascais don't worry, this market also happening every Thursday and Friday on Avenida Duque de Ávila in Lisbon. Apart from local artists who sell hand made stuff, there are also antique pieces by Portuguese collectors. A lot of the things are a bit useless for me, but I always try to search carefully for what interests me at the moment. Fortunately, I have bought a couple of old wooden frames for my current project. Yes, frames again. It’s a pretty big deal for me, especially considering that I usually become very motivated when it comes to creating art by request. I still have a few frames to find though. As for my son, he really loves piles of old toys. He keeps digging deep trying to find a treasure toy to take. Eventually after half an hour poking around in a heap, he bought an old toy robot for 1 Euro. After that we couldn't resist of a box of fresh fragrant strawberry, which was successfully eaten on a bench on our way home). When I go to the market I usually buy cup of coffee for take away by "Fabrica coffee roasters". This company exists in Portugal with five locations in Lisbon and one in Porto by the moment. I love this coffee, especially cappuccino wit an oat milk) Of course we couldn't leave without a bunch of fresh flowers for 4 Euro which by the way smells absolutely amazing. I put it in a vase at home it gives me an essence of summer. Speaking of flowers, I do need to go to the gardening store to buy plants for our balcony as half of my balcony plants have died during winter) And I suppose this will be my next post.
Weekend flea market in Alfama - the oldest area of Lisbon.
Settling in Campo de Santa Clara, parish of São Vicente- "Feira da Ladra" is a popular place among tourists and locals.
Address : Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisbon
Market called "Feira da Ladra" which is basically "Flea market" translated in Portuguese (from the word "a ladrão"- a thief). You can visit on Tuesdays and Saturdays from early morning. I suggest to come when it's still early, so you don’t have that stress of everyone being sneaking around and you get the opportunity to buy something special while there is some.
On Saturday morning the weather was great and we decided to go to Lisbon for the market. Because I am currently creating a series of abstract collages I wanted to buy pretty frames with glass. Lots of them. To complicate things even further, I was intended to buy antique ones. As a result I found one metal real antique one ( I was lucky enough to find it) and a few just old ones made of wood) If you are motivated enough to spend a couple of hours, there are very nice possibilities to buy old and wooden frames with gold deco at a price starting from 5 €, to find them you need to dig really deep . there are also a lot of cheap old frames like you can find in a basic photo store. The price starts from 0,50- 1 €. These are usually lying on the ground with other inexpensive junk and do not represent any aesthetic value to me. In addition to the frames, of course, there are many interesting things on the market. My friend bought beautiful plates with traditional Portuguese ornaments for 4€, a cup and a saucer for 9€. My son has bought nice car toys ad a few marble balls, here they called berlindes. Eventually, we were so tired of floating around the market so we took a break at the Copenhagen Cafe, which is located right next to the market around the corner. The cardamom bun is my personal favorite. This cafe is not cheap but always full of people. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, busiest tables are outside the cafe on the street. How nice is to be drinking coffee under the warm Lisbon sun huh. Secondly, the view is great - Panteão national- the big beautiful church which you can actually visit for 4€. Finally, as I said, the cardamon bun...So with all that in your mind, I am absolutely sure, you will plan your absolutely gorgeous time on a flea market on your next visit.
This is my very first post and I am excited to begin this new adventure. I had this whole post idea the other day when I was reorganizing my website.
My name is Nastya (Anastasia), I am an illustrator. My portfolio is available on this page, I believe you've had an opportunity to look through.
We moved to Cascais from Moscow in 2019 with my family, and immediately fell in love with the city. It was crazy switch from huge cold Russia for warm and tiny Portugal. Although I have never been here before and I chose the destination by pointing out on the map. And I've made a right choice. It is incredibly cozy, beautiful and welcoming small village of a Portugal Riviera. Local people call it Villa de Cascais.
Pretty close to famous historical cities such are Lisbon and Sintra, at the same time it’s far enough from the busy city life we dreamed to escape. It’s like they say – big cities are exhausting. That's true. Traffic jams, dusty air, crowdy metro stations.
And then it feels so good when you decide to move in a small town. That’s kind of what’s happened to us.
Right before we moved, I did the research about Cascais and collected a lot of beautiful photos on Pinterest. You can find them here.
Not only surfing in the Atlantic Ocean, Cascais is full of activities for the whole family!
During two years we have been exploring the area, walking around the town, riding a bike along the ocean coast, surfing on magical Guincho beach, hiking in the mysterious forests of Sintra and enjoying the views.
Being a born and bred Russian, I get asked a lot about Russian culture, why we moved, why we chose this town, how I work and what inspires me.
My idea was to share my life experience as an artist and as a local habitant in this blog.
On top of that, it's really worth to highlight the most significant Cascais/ Lisbon area activities, whether it is a nature walk or a city market during weekend, or an exhibition visit.
Speaking of art, I’m obsessed with all sorts of creative processes. My style in illustration has changed a lot during past two years.
I think about my life back then in Moscow and my life now in pretty town by the Ocean.
Sometimes I do feel like living here has affected me a lot and I want to tell about it.
I am sure I'll find my audience)
On one of the pictures you can see the Santa Marta lighthouse (Farol de SantaMarta)- my inspiration and one of the main symbols of the city of Cascais. There are others lighthouses around but this one is special.
First of all it's blue, and it looks gorgeous with a sky. Second of all there is a pretty cafe right in front of the entrance called Lusophonica.
It is impossible to pass by this lighthouse and not admire the view.
A lot of tourists are standing still one after another to take a picture of a lighthouse to post on social media. I understand them)
By the way there is a picturesque view of the bay from the very top of the lighthouse which is open for a visit as well as the small museum nearby.