Friday, September 18, 2009

Inspiration for Autumn Travel

Just as the late Lisbon Friday afternoon skies were darkening and the rain drops started the good angel of Travel made me stumble upon this beautiful video. Come take a tour with me this Autumn and brighten your horizons. For more detail go to my site

If you’re in need of some travel inspiration, then maybe this inspirational video from Louis Vuitton will have you planning your next trip in no time…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fado Blues and Tours

THE best introduction to the genre is to book a tour with Diogo
Experience fado as only a few privileged ever do . . .

. . . via insider knowledge shared with your personal guide, Diogo, whose qualifications include being a member of Portugal's most famous fado family:
Diogo grew up listening to his great-aunt, Amalia Rodrigues, and her sister Celeste, his grandmother, sing fado, the soul music of Portugal.
Now you can join Diogo and Lisbon's "extended family" of fadistas, some legendary, others contemporary, for an evening of saudade, the rich savoring of things past.
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Fado – The Portuguese Blues

Fado is the Portuguese equivalent to the blues. It is music derived from sad songs sung by women waiting for their husbands on the shores of the stormy Atlantic mixed with tunes of African slaves and some hints of Arabic influence. The theme is normally about loss, missing someone, or the sea and hard life, hence, the blues connection. The style became popular in folk music in the early 1800s. To this day, there are fierce debates over the genre’s origin and the way it should be performed.
Traditionally, Fado is performed with a Portuguese twelve string guitar player and a singer. However, in modern interpretations, additional instruments appear as well. If you want to experience Fado, go with the locals. The touristy events can be pretty pricey, so you might find yourself moaning along with the Fadista.
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Free Rides! Get out there and Discover Lisbon

Love getting round my home city on the old 28 and 25 Tram they both pass my building now there is no excuse to get a FREE TOUR of the city! Enjoy and help the environment. Plus WELL DONE Almada just the other side of the Tagus river from Lisbon.
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Mobility Week 2009

From 16 to 22 September 2009 the European cities and towns will have the opportunity to participate to the most widespread event on sustainable mobility, the European Mobility Week.

After the organisation of two successful ”In town without my car!” events in the whole of Europe, the year 2002 marked the start of a new initiative, the
European Mobility Week! The eighth edition will take place in 2009!
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Almada, finalist of the European Mobility Week Award

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fish That changed the World

Don't miss out on something really special because you don't like the look of the dried cod this dish, when prepared well it is a tasty gift from the Sea and the Wind Gods. Looks like it contains rice but that is just an illusion so give you taste buds a Portuguese treat with this one.
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Bacalhau: The Staple of Portuguese Cuisine

Bacalhau is Portuguese for dry, salted cod, and referred to as Bacalao in Spain or Bacala in Italy. Today we take a look at it from a Portuguese perspective.

Bacalhau à Brás: This Bacalhau dish is by far my favorite, and the one I first enjoyed when first stepping upon Portuguese soil. The codfish is cooked up in a “fried rice” style with strips of potato, onion and scrambled egg and garnished with some delicious jumbo Portuguese black olives. The flavor is sumptious and far from overpowering.

Bacalhau com Natas: “Bacalhau with Cream” Literally a potato gratin of Bacalhau made with both cream and béchamel. So if you’re a potato gratin lover, you may like this stronger flavored seafood version, which sometimes includes whole shrimp.

Editors note: If you want to learn more about Bacalhau’s history DO NOT MISS the book Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the Worldby Mark Kurlansky one of our favorites.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ten Thousand Tarts a Day Where? Lisbon Of Course

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15. Best place to eat: Custard tart
Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, Lisbon

Creamy, flaky custard tarts – served warm with cinnamon – are one of Portugal's great culinary gifts to the world. The original pasteis café in the Belém district of Lisbon, next to the monastery where the dessert was invented, is still the best: their secret recipe has been guarded since 1837. Sit down with a plateful, and a strong coffee, and you'll understand why more than 10,000 tarts are baked here every day.

Rua de Belém, 84-92, Belém, Lisbon, 00351 21 363 7423,

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lisbon Skyline

Lisbon Skyline
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Mr & Mrs Smith Recomends Lisbon

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Mr & Mrs Smith

on Lisbon

Mr & Mrs Smith recommend

Cityscape: Luminescent and lovely

City Life: Singing, salt cod and cinnamon pastries

Once the stamping ground of Romans, Moors and Crusaders, this historic hillside city has culture, cobbles, cafés, cable cars and cod aplenty.

Discover Alfama's medieval Moorish charm, Baixa's bustle and chic Chiado; every district boasts character, calm and cool in abundance. By night, head to Bairro Alto, where the bars and restaurants throb with the mournful passion of Fado, Portugal's traditional music.

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Splurge in Lisbon

Splurge Lisbon
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Splurging in Lisbon

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Save or Splurge: Lisbon

On $1,000 a Day

EAT Hamburgers might seem more suited to an American backyard barbecue than a Portuguese purveyor of haute cuisine, but the globally minded kitchen at Olivier Avenida (Hotel Tivoli Jardim, Rua Júlio César Machado, 7; 351-21-317-4105; is unfazed. A light soaking in local port wine, a thin slab of warm foie gras on top, some caramelized onions and — presto — you have one of the many Portuguese-international hybrids that draw crowds to this silvery neo-Baroque dining room. Other standouts include octopus carpaccio and a rich cheesecake drizzled with guava jelly. Cost for a three-course meal, per person, including wine: 65 euros.

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Save Lisbon Good Food Great Price

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Save Lisbon

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Save or Splurge: Lisbon
EAT You definitely don't pay for the atmosphere at O Cantinho do Bem Estar (Rua do Norte, 46; 351-21-346-4265), an overbright hole-in-the-wall lined with dowdy old tiles. What you do pay for are gloriously good traditional seafood dishes. The specials might include perfectly grilled head-on sardines served with tangy tomato-sauce-soaked rice, while regular starters include fresh whole shrimp cooked in a thick zesty garlic sauce and mains include hearty morsels of squid simmered in molten garlic butter. A robust house flan provides dessert. Cost per person, including a glass of wine: 30 euros.
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Finger Licking Lisbon

Great Coffee Great Cakes and that's just a mid morning start. Enjoy my home town sweet and savory delights the next time you visit!

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Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal - we’ve been to Lisbon before, but a return trip to visit old friends is long overdue, for more great food, wine and of course the unforgettable Pastéis de Belém
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    Friday, September 4, 2009

    Follow Friday Rest the Mind Listen to This

    Found this little video with some calming music to start the weekend with. The sun is still shining brightly here in Lovely Lisbon at 18:30 and the full Moon is on its way to light up the night sky later. Have a great weekend with zero stress, Lisbon Love to All.

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