Lil Baselista

Lily had her first Basel experience last night and what a great night it was!!

At the hotel W (by far my favorite hotel on the beach at the moment. it is fabulous!!), she saw her first Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Damien Hirst, Kenny Scharf and she also took a much needed power nap.

She saw her first live concert. Metric rocked!

And….. she met Perry Farrell!!!!! 🙂

Yup, we caught him at the Townhouse Hotel on his way out.

He was more than happy to chit-chat with us a bit and even pose for a picture with Lily.

At the National hotel we were blown away by Miguel Paredes’s art. I think his was Lily’s favorite since his art is super bright, the eyes are huge and there were lots of birds.

It was a rockin’ first night of Basel.

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street art

hammock installation



Porto was AWESOME!! (despite the cold, the rain and being away from Lily)

It is such a great city. I think I like it better than Lisboa. (I still have to do a Lisboa post…)

We left Beja at 10am (as planned) on monday.

We had lunch right outside of Lisboa and arrived in Porto at around 4pm.

We found A Casa da Musica (what an AMAZING building!) right away and picked up our tickets to Broken Social Scene. (I will do a separate post on A Casa da Musica and the concert)

We were also lucky enough to find a good hotel with good rates right by A Casa da Musica.

After unloading our luggage and freshening up a bit at the hotel, we took a cab to the Ribeirinha.

It was great being able to see it both at night and during the day. (we went back yesterday afternoon)

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a rainbow after the rain



One year ago today

One year ago today I was full on pregnant!!

Lily was 4 days late.

My mom had been in Miami visiting from Portugal for 2 weeks so she could help me and be there for the birth.

Will’s parents, Hayes and John were also in town for a week.

Everyone was anxious and the energy in the air was electric.

I decided in order to keep things light, to take my mom and Hayes on a South Beach hotel tour.

We walked for hours and hours in Miami 90 degree record heat.

Once I got home, I took a nap and felt light cramping.

That evening we all decided to take the night off.

We had all been together non stop since everyone got there.

My mom was at the apartment she rented for the month.

Will was visiting John and Hayes at their hotel.

At home I ate a bowl of cereal and walked to the corner store for some Ben&Jerry’s ice cream.

On the way home as I rubbed my belly, I talked to Lily.

I told her what a beautiful night it was out and how anxious I was to see and meet her.

At 9:30pm as I attempted to serve myself a bowl of ice cream, my water broke.

Lily was later born at 2:37am.

It was a wonderful day that led to the most wonderful, memorable and life changing evening. 🙂

P.S.- Lily will be 1 tomorrow and I’m sort of freaking out about it!

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my mom and I at the National Hotel

anxious future avos at the Delano Hotel