Monday, November 29, 2010

Lisbon Christmas Lights 2010

Lisbon Christmas

Lisbon Christmas
Lisbon Lights Up For Christmas

Lisbon’s Christmas lights were switched on this weekend. Budget cuts canceled the annual gigantic Christmas tree but the streets downtown and in major commercial areas are now lit up and decorated with the spirit of the holiday season.

The biggest attraction is Rossio Square, where an ice skating rink and a merry-go-round have been placed. Perhaps this funfair atmosphere was not the best choice for the city’s most historical square, but it did attract hundreds of people this weekend, and will continue to do so until January 9th.

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Lisbon Scones, Jam & Tiles

As is usual, the beautiful Cardaes Convent  in Lisbon (Rua do Século, 123), with its magnificent tiles (pictured) and baroque decoration, promotes this weekend, a week of Christmas sales, with revenue to be devoted to the social work of the institution. More than 20 kinds of jam, jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles and many other delicious items prepared by volunteer members of the convent will be available to the public, which can also be tasted on the spot with tea and scones. Today at 20h and 14h to 20h. Not to be missed.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wine Lovers Christmas Present

The "Legacy," aerating wine glass was designed with the ideals of a wine connoisseur in mind.  Have a contemporary wine drinking experience with the comfort of a wine glass shape you're accustomed to.  The "Legacy," aerating wine glass is scientifically proven to aerate wine that is poured into its internal vessel, allowing the flavor and aroma of your wine to blossom without adding any extra steps to the process. 
Simply uncork your bottle of choice and pour the wine into the center vessel of the glass.  This allows the aeration process to take place without having to deal with a 3rd party aeration device and the drippy mess that comes with using one.
Reach your wine's potential when using the "Legacy" aerating wine glass.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Underground World of Art – Lisbon’s Metro Stations

A World of Art Underground – Lisbon’s Metro Stations: "
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Lisbon is indeed a beautiful city choc full of traditional architecture, azulejos (tiles) murals and calçada streets. Contemporary architecture seems to shoot up overnight, adding to the rich culture of the city. Yet, not too many people notice the unique architecture and vibrant artwork of the underground spaces we know as the Metro.

Ever since the construction of the first stations in the 1950s, Metropolitano de Lisboa strived to make the underground environment as pleasing as possible to the user. And today, Lisbon’s underground stations are considered some of the most beautiful in the world.

For more information on Lisbon’s Metro, visit Metropolitano de Lisboa website.

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5 Free Things to Do in Lisbon This December

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A New Look at the Design and Fashion Museum Collection

Lisbon’s Design and Fashion Museum is always free, and this month (until January 30th) you may see part of the collection rearranged by Tenente, one of Portugal’s top fashion designers. He selected about 30 outfits by some of the world’s top designers, from Christian Lacroix to Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and Jean Paul Gaultier among others, and presents some of his own creations as well.

Architecture Triennial Exhibition in the Berardo Museum

The Berardo Museum of Modern Art is one of Lisbon’s major cultural attractions, and it’s taking part in the city’s architecture triennial. This exhibition (which is free just like the rest of the museum) discusses the world’s housing conditions based on the specific needs of each region of the globe, and how architecture is defined by local solutions.

The Golden Age of Portuguese Art

The Ancient Art Museum is presenting an exhibition about the “golden age” of Portuguese art (the artists and works created between 1450 and 1550). The stars of the 160 pieces on display are the famous “St. Vincent Panels” which are always a highlight of the museum, but here they’re “dissected” and explained through infrared images.

Most of the other works are part of the museum’s collection, but many were also brought from the Évora Museum, while others are Portuguese works now found in museums in Italy, France, Belgium and Poland.

This exhibition is free if you go on a Sunday until 2PM.

The International Urban Culture Festival

The Lisbon International Urban Culture Festival is taking place around the city until December 11, and one place you should not miss is Palácio Verride, a pink palatial building by the Santa Catarina viewpoint where dozens of Portuguese and foreign artists present their work. The program includes performances, workshops and themed exhibitions, all related to urban culture and contemporary art.

Christmas Concerts

Lisbon’s annual Christmas concerts in several of the city’s churches are back. Among the locations is Memoria Church, for a concert at 4PM on Saturday the 11th, Graça Church on the following day at the same time, Estrela Basilica on the 17th at 9:30PM, and chamber music in São Domingos Church on Sunday the 19th at 4PM.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Wine Bar in Lisbon “Grapes & Bites” –

Grapes & Bites, Lisbon
Portugals answer to Pink ChampersImage by your-lisbon-guide via FlickrMost of the bars in Bairro Alto are known for their cheap beer and caipirinhas, but the newest openings seem to all be devoted to wine. The latest one is called “Grapes & Bites,” and despite the English name it only serves Portuguese wines and “petiscos” (snacks).

There are close to 200 choices, many from the bottles on display, others presented on the wine list. They can be served by the glass or bottle.

There are also cocktails, but all made with national wines. To accompany the drinks there are cold cuts, Portuguese cheeses, bread and jams.

It took over the space of a former streetwear boutique, now decorated with big wine barrels standing as tables under the arched interior.

It surprisingly opens every day, even on Sundays, from 2PM to 2AM.

It’s located in the neighborhood’s trendiest shopping street, Rua do Norte, number 81.

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