Coudelaria de Alter | Alentejo

Another place we visited on our tour of the Alentejo was the Coudelaria de Alter (the Alter Stud Farm). This was an important stop on the “Portugal Itinerary” as my sister and my mom are both very horsey people and therefore my dad didn´t have any choice in the matter. I would never have thought to visit if my sister hadn´t insisted but it was definitely worth it, it´s a beautiful place and the horses are magnificent.

Monsaraz | Alentejo

Over the next 5 weeks I´m going to be blogging a series of Alentejo towns… an Alentejo special! My family came to visit us in May, it was their first time in Portugal so we spent 3 weeks driving the country flat and because this is my favourite part, we spent quite a lot of time exploring the region. Monsaraz is a small hill-top town on the Alqueva lake, right on the border with Spain. Because of it´s strategic location on a hill near the Spanish border it is one of the oldest towns in the southern part of Portugal…

Travelling in Porto

We have visited Porto 3 or 4 times over the last few months, for work and just because… so these are a collection of images from several different trips. This city fascinated me, it´s very different to Lisbon, but also similar, in some ways… as it’s also on a river, with loads of steeps hills and narrow winding roads. The biggest difference for me is the light I think… it´s much darker than Lisbon, perhaps because of the weather, but also the buildings and streets themselves. In the south the buildings are either whitewashed or tiled and Lisbon is famous…

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Óbidos, Portugal

Óbidos is a medieval town about an hour´s drive north from Lisbon, on the west coast. One of my favourite things about this place is that it´s completely surrounded by old stone walls and you can walk the entire circumference of the town along them… it gives you a really great veiw over the town and the surrounding countryside.  

Porvoo Helsinki Finland

Porvoo, Finland

Porvoo is a small coastal city in Finland about an hour or so drive from the capital, so during our visit to Helsinki (you can see more HERE) we hopped on a bus and took a day-trip to visit as we´d heard it was a really cute place. Starting out as a medieval fishing village, Porvoo was, at one stage, the second largest city in Finland. The colourful wooden houses are very typical of how people lived a few centuries ago and you feel like you´ve stepped back in time as you wander the narrow cobblestone streets, weaving between the brightly coloured…

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Suomenlinna, Helsinki

While we were in Helsinki earlier this year we took an afternoon and visited Suomenlinna, a small group of islands just off the coast of Helsinki that are well positioned to defend the city and had been used throughout the centuries as a military  outpost and first line of defence against enemies. Nowadays no-body is fighting so Suomenlinna has become a popular day-trip destination for leisurely outdoor activities like picnics and (for the brave) icy dips in the sea.

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Helsinki, Finland

Stepping off the plane in Helsinki my first impression was that it was cold… in spite of the fact that it was a sunny spring day and (according to the Finns) it was warmer than it had been for months , it made me realise how much I take the warmth of southern Europe for granted. Second impression was that it is very clean, modern and full of bicycles. Helsinki is the land of great design, Marimekko and the Moomins… all of which shows in the culture and community. People here are generally quite stylish (something that my friend Nani thought ridiculous,…

A Layover in Paris

In April this year we spent a week in Helsinki and on the way there (and back again) I booked flights with a long layover in Paris (well, technically 2 layovers, but that doesn’t make for a cool sounding title…). I’d never been to the City of Light before, so even a few hours would be better than nothing… and we felt very “Anthony Bourdain” in our Paris layover adventure. We ate some amazing food, thanks to the great recommendations of our airbnb host, and we also ate some completely awful food, thanks to the fact that our return flight arrived…

Personal project – Lena on the beach

I have been playing around with blur and movement in images for a while but never really got around to experimenting with it properly until a few months ago, when a friend came to visit and I dragged her to the beach in the bottom half of her wedding dress…

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Travel & Leisure Mexico – May 2014

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Travel and Leisure Mexico to shoot a story about the emerging modern food scene in Lisbon. I had the best time on this assignment, it was basically a fabulous combination of my 3 favourite activities… photography, travel and eating! And holy smokes did we eat. I was joined by food journalist Mariana Camacho from Mexico and we spent 5 days surrounded by food and wine in some amazing restaurants. This is the magazine layout as the story was published, CLICK HERE to see some of the out-takes and a few of my…