Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lisbon - Goodbye Old Year

Here's is to the Old - Decade, Century, Millennium with a look at Old Lisbon as is was!



And here's to the new decade of the 21st century. Come and see Lisbon as it is Now.



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Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Very Merry Lisbon Christmas

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lisbon Christmas Gift for those who have Everything.

Here is the perfect gift for those who have absolutely everything - give them a Leopard Catcher - courtesy of Lisbon Tile Museum.
No guarantees that it will work though, but definitely a novel idea for that difficult one's Christmas stocking! Remember you heard it here first!



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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Lisbon Satruday morning Feira da Ladra


Take the 28 tram early like the locals for the best of browsing at Lisbon's local flee market.

Gems from the past scatter the streets so who know what you will find?


One man's rubbish is another mans treasure so they say!




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Chestnuts with Love

You know autumn has set in Lisbon when the chestnut trolleys roll out onto the streets, serving up the steaming, fresh-roasted snacks to ward off the chill and satiate hungry bellies throughout the colder months. Chestnuts have been a staple food of southern Europe for millennia. The healthy nuts are gluten-free, low in fat and high in vitamin C. But above all, they’re just GOOD. You’ll find them on street corners all over the city, particularly in the more central, bustling areas. 
Castanhas assadas Lisbon (by Andreia Tavares) Senhor Eduardo (pictured) is proud to have been at it for 50 years, this gentle soul with bright blue eyes tells that four couples have approached him over the years to thank him for bringing them together. As it turns out, Sr. Eduardo became an unwitting matchmaker when they struck up a conversation while waiting in line for his chestnuts, and the rest is history. 

So, yes, you may have to be patient while the production tries to keep up with demand, but the chestnuts are worth the wait. And, who knows, you might even come away with more than the dozen you’ve paid for! At 2 euro for a dozen for this hot treat it must be the best healthy bargain in Lisbon this Autumn.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Lisbon the Old Lady on the Tagus

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal since it was conquered by the Moors in 1147, is a possessor of more than 20 centuries of history and a marvelous architecture that includes 92 palaces and 102 churches. Beyond this, nowadays the capital reflects the passage of time of an exceptional way: Lisbon is modern, cool, entertaining, luxurious. It is a city that invites us to enjoy New art surrounded with flaming skyscrapers and Baroque Monuments.

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In the old district Bairro Alto a series of steep descending streets invites us to the night life that contrasts with small "funky" shops, bars, and places of typical meals. The Portuguese kitchen is by means of green broths, seafood, fish, and it is said that they have in their cookbook up to 365 different ways of preparing salt cod.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Goa in Lisbon Thanks Vasco da Gama for discovering Goa in 16th Century

Vasco da Gama lands at Calicut, May 20, 1498.Image via Wikipedia

Makes my mouth water even reading about it. Just chatting to toni of http://www.navi360.com and making him want to eat there too. I would let you buy me lunch there but you're on the other side of the pond darling - but it's the thought that counts!
Restaurant ‘The Temptations of Goa’: delicious fusion of Indian and Portuguese
Lisbon Tentacoes Goa food7
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Camarão rechado (Prawn Massala 13,50 euro), small bottle of white wine 7.50
lunch from 12:00, dinner from 19:00 – 22:00. Closed on Sundays and Holidays. It is advised to make reservations! Vegetarian friendly. Call (00351) 218875824, Tlm: (00351) 914 814 043. TentaçõesdeGoa@hotmail.com
Lisbon Tentacoes Goa Entree Rua Pedro Martir 23
History: Goa, visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year, is India’s smallest state, located on the west coast of India. Vasco da Gama is the largest city, named after the Portuguese explorer. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the influence of Portuguese culture, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants, and conquered it soon thereafter. The Portuguese overseas territory existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961.
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located in a  narrow alley, a little bit hidden in Lisbon’s old neighbourhood of Mouraria (near Praça Martim Moniz)

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Alto Alentejo Beyond Lisbon - Ducal Palace

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Home of dukes, saints and a of line Portuguese Kings.
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The Rural Charms of Alto Alentejo, Portugal


The grand town square in Vila Viçosa.

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Alto Alentejo Beyond Lisbon Keeps the Cork in your Bottle!

It takes 9 years for the bark on a Cork Oak tree to be just the right size to cork your bottle of wine. Pop a cork on a good wine this weekend and think of where it comes from. Portugal is waiting for you visit.
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The Alto Alentejo is carpeted with cork oaks and olive trees.

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Alto Alentejo Bird watchers Delight

Portugal's Eastern secret paradise.
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The Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina, a seven-room inn overlooking the Caia Reservoir. The area is a hub for birdwatchers.

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Alto Alentejo Beyond Lisbon to the East

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The Rural Charms of Alto Alentejo, Portugal


Cobblestone streets in Castelo de Vide weave past homes and churches.

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Beyond Lisbon, Beyond the Tagus

For the epicures who have flocked to Alentejo in recent years, the region’s top draw is its cuisine. Its basic elements are wheat, olive oil, pork and certain fish, like cod, which the locals fry, bake and infuse with garlic and herbs in various glorious ways. Lamb and duck make luxurious appearances.

Aromatic cheeses range from the firm, nutty Nisa to the runny, fragrant Queijo da Serras. The regional wines can be sophisticated and interesting, from the robust reds of the Quinta do Carmo, jointly owned by the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), to lighter wines made from local trincadeira grapes.

Classics include queijo de Ovelha (an orange-crusted round of gooey sheep’s milk cheese), pato em molho de vinho tinto (duck in red wine sauce) and migas a Alentejana (fried pork with bread soaked in pork fat).
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Alto Alentejo, Unsung but Not for Long


Compared with Spain, this place was even more charming, beautiful and about a third less expensive
the Alto Alentejo, a border province carpeted with cork oaks and olive trees in southeastern Portugal, emerge as a stylish backwater. The region’s name is derived from “Além-Tejo,” which means “beyond the Tagus,” the river that flows past Lisbon. A new blacktop highway now stretches eastward from Lisbon, and within an hour you’re admiring vineyards, the occasional whitewashed town or castle and gently rolling plains.
There is no shortage of historic sites in Alto Alentejo and one of the most beautiful is Marvão, a walled town that sits on a narrow spit of rock overlooking the rugged plains that reach across into Spain. Marvão is home to perfectly restored, whitewashed houses and a castle built in the ninth century as a Moorish fortification by Ibn Marwan.
Old guys in snap caps and corduroys tip their hats to strangers.

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