A Polka Dot & Ruffle Dress In Portugal

Visiting a city you know nothing about, in a country you’ve never been to, where they speak a language you can’t understand is probably the most nerve-wracking thing you can do. But I’d recommend it, 100 per cent.

I’ve been traveling around Europe quite a bit recently and I often forget that english isn’t as common in other parts of the world. I had no issues in Rome as it’s quite touristy but when I went to visit my boyfriend’s family in Portugal for the very first time, it was a challenge.

Portugal has been on my list of places to visit for a very long time so when the opportunity to visit a small town in the northern region arose, how could I say no?

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Bragança is located about two hours north of Porto, and is probably the most quaint city I’ve ever visited. The food, wine, people – everything about this place, I loved. The amount of greenery was actually breathtaking – and I’m not really an outdoorsy kinda gal so that’s saying a lot. And despite the language barrier, I felt very welcomed. I may have found my retirement place. Just gotta brush up on my Portuguese and I’ll be golden.

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One of my favourite parts in Baragança was the castle, obviously. It was surrounded by cute little homes and bars – honestly felt like I was in a fairytale.

Instead of going all out in a ball gown, which I totally would’ve done if I had the luggage space, I went for a simple polka dot dress with ruffles I picked up from Nasty Gal. I paired it with the same sueded ankle boots I’ve been wearing nonstop and some round sunnies from Kate Spade.

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Once I’ve hit all the touristy destinations, I really want to explore random cities in some of my favourite countries. Yeah, it’ll probably be overwhelming at first but it’s so worth it cause it’s just a more authentic experience.

What are some small, non-touristy cities you’ve visited in Europe and absolutely loved? Let me know in the comments!

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