Embaixada: a Creative Retail Concept in Lisbon, Portugal

Embaxiada is a “Portuguese Shopping Gallery” in Lisbon, Portugal’s Principe Real neighborhood (one of my favorite areas in the city). Housed in a historic Moorish style building, this former palace definitely stands out. What exactly is a shopping gallery? It’s a collection of conceptual shops set up in one building, in a gallery-like setting. As… Continue reading Embaixada: a Creative Retail Concept in Lisbon, Portugal

Virtual Travel: Victorian Heritage in Oamaru, New Zealand

The town of Oamaru isn’t on the main backpacker trail around New Zealand. It’s not a big city, there’s no nightlife scene, and it’s generally a pretty quiet place. I heard about this seaside, South Island town in passing, but it was only mentioned for the penguins. However, the name stuck in my head. Back… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Victorian Heritage in Oamaru, New Zealand

Virtual Travel: Artful Details in Napier, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand is an incredibly visual city. Known as the “Art Deco Capital of the World,” this seaside town is a haven for art and architecture lovers. Napier has one of the highest concentrations of Art Deco and Spanish Mission style buildings in the entire world. Combine that with local art, city-wide murals, outdoor… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Artful Details in Napier, New Zealand

Art Deco City: Exploring Napier’s Architecture

Napier is a city of just over 60,000 people in Hawke’s Bay, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Being a coastal town, Napier has all of the tourist draws you would expect: beautiful weather, beach access, scenic views, charming cafes, and that overall relaxed vibe. But what Napier is really known for… Continue reading Art Deco City: Exploring Napier’s Architecture