How my spring vacation in Portugal inspired Dori to design our Baroque holiday collection.
The Portuguese navigators discovered much of the world four hundred years ago but the world has yet to discover Portugal. The country remains one of the last secrets of Europe. A place of castles and palaces, of mountains and valleys, of sand and sea and…great food…
Eyal (my boyfriend) and I were lucky to land in Lisbon on the day of Saint Anthony festival. Santo Antonio revered as a matchmaker, so mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings” are held during the celebrations. The food specialty of Lisbon, fish, in its diverse preparations is celebrated and there’s a parade of costumes from the city’s different traditional quarters, with hundreds of singers and dancers.
After “recovering” from santo Antonios parties, we went on to explore Portugal and its famous must-see sights. We visited and held on to dear life at Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost..and windiest point, “where the land ends and the sea begins”. We continued to Sintra where we were huffing & puffing going up the steep hills to visit the beautiful Palacio Pena and the Castle of the Moors.
We were driving from Lisbon to Porto for 2 weeks, making detours through the countryside and the list of amazing places we visited along the way…is quite l-o-n-g, so I’ll only name a few: Tomar’s templar castle, the stunning caves of Mira d’Aire, Sierra da Estrela national park – the highest mountains in Portugal and the historic library of Coimbra (one of the oldest universities in Europe).
We had a great weather and time was flying….our biggest worries were…what type of traditional pastry we were going to try each day. They looked soooo delicious that I wanted to try at least one of each. And..let’s not forget the difficult task of choosing red, white or…green wine with our dinner (decisions, decisions…). Mostly, we chose green, a wine that offers just the right crisp spritz for summer sipping…. :))
Our last stop was an exciting antique cars race in Porto and then….it was time to go back home. On my first day back at work, I showed Dori and some of our team members photos of my vacation. Dori enjoyed looking at them and by the time we got to the Lisbon Museum of Coaches images, I could almost hear the wheels turning in her head….
Dori played for a few weeks with different materials, compositions and color combinations until she finally hit the “winning combination” that later on became our Baroque holiday collection with its festive colors, golden highlights and…the most adorable Fontanini cherubs….
We hope that you enjoyed the blog and wish you all a joyful present and a sparkling future. Best wishes for Happy holidays and an Exciting New Year!
We hope this Holiday season brings joy and
warmth to your winter!
All our best,
Dori & her team ♥♥♥