Weekend European Trips – where to live?


Baixa House. This Lisbon apartment complex is stylish, contemporary and colourful. It reflects on Portuguese cultures magnificently, because of the clever use of different shades, paintings, accessories in the form of pottery plates stacked against the wall, stepladders, splashes of colour sitting across a luminescent background, radiant with light, metallic chairs, fluffy cushions, plush rugs dressed in stripey/check fashion.

The look is very seventies, and boasts a canvas butterfly, wicker chairs, retro record covers, botanical prints of cabbage-leap espresso cups and cereal bowls, coffee machines stocked up with freshly ground beans in a jar, and regular opportunities to stash up some of those fruits, milk, yoghurts and teatime cakes. You can even wake up to a personalised service of seeded and sourdough freshly-baked bread in the morning – they are served in wicker baskets, hung on the door handle.


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