Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lisbon Christmas lights 2011 - this effort is a big disaster - all you can see is one big star http://bit.ly/uOdtcJ
Lisbon Christmas lights this year were a bit of "a trying to be hip disappointment" - under the arch in Augusta Street http://bit.ly/vrquf7

Friday, December 23, 2011

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Monday, September 12, 2011

My Lisbon Morning stroll . What did you do this morning?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lisbon Day Tour Visit

I love the tile museum see why on this little video.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Portuguese word that's gone mainstream!

HOW ABOUT THAT a little Portuguese word that's gone mainstream!
I'm getting Goose bumps! Isn't it lovely when your hunch is right! Thinking about these wonderful Portuguese wine varieties or "castas" like "alvarinho" used in Vinho Verde.  My new favorite is "viognier" that has been smitten with the Alenquer terroir and is usually aged in both stainless steel and French oak for six months. 

I suddenly had an ah ha moment AND I was right - "The word caste is NOT a word that is indigenous to India. It originates From the Portuguese word casta which means race,breed, race or lineage." 

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Portuguese Rural Village Life

Yes it really does look like this a few miles out of Lisbon. Let me show you life in the slow Portuguese lane on one of by bespoke private guided tours or shore excursion the next time you are along my way.

The Village from Pedro Sousa | visuals on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sail Like Da Gama, Swing Like Teixeira. Go for it Lisboa

Let's Go Lisbon
When the going gets tough - the tough get going. Sip that Port and nibble that presunto.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lisbon Marches 2011

Winner this year was Alto do Pina 

Marchas Populares: Alto do Pina foi a grande vencedora from Câmara Municipal de Lisboa on Vimeo.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sardines Partying Quicktime!

It's party time again here in good old Lisboa and our Sardine logos are really getting into gear - can you keep up will all the fun? Head for Avenida Liberdade Lisboa on Sunday 12 June and shake a tail and have a ball with us!

Don't Miss Lisbon's 12 June Big Pary

Last year at the Lisbon Marches.Great fun for all the family! See you there on Sunday night with your Red Wine & Sardines.

Marchas Populares 2010 from Câmara Municipal de Lisboa on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hotel York House Lisbon: Lisbon Fish & Flavours - April 10th

Hotel York House Lisbon: Lisbon Fish & Flavours - April 10th: "Today you can enjoy: Lobster Bisque***Lamprey pie and remoulade***Spaghetti with prawns and clams***Cod Fish fillet in puff pastry***Mussel..."

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Top 4 Tourist Mistakes Lisbon

Between rain and darkImage by F H Mira via FlickrFrom cultural faux pas to falling into tourist traps, there are always several mistakes tourists make when visiting a new place. Here are the top 4 in Lisbon:

Speaking Spanish

Remember that Lisbon is in Portugal and the official language is Portuguese. You don’t have to speak the language when you visit the city, and you’ll do fine communicating in English. Unless you’re Spanish, Hispanic, or a fluent Spanish speaker, don’t speak Spanish (often bad Spanish) in order to avoid offending cultural pride. Although most Portuguese are able to decipher Spanish (apparently Spaniards have a harder time understanding the guttural sounds of Portuguese), having a tourist thanking with “gracias” instead of “obrigado” can offend the biggest nationalists who’ll remind you that Portugal has its own Iberian language, and that it’s one of Europe’s oldest cultures and nations, founded over three centuries before Spain. Also remember that it’s the castle of “São Jorge” and not “San Jorge” and the nightlife neighborhood is “Bairro Alto” and not “Barrio Alto.”

Rossio Square in LisbonImage via WikipediaEating at Touristy Restaurants 
Most of the restaurants from Rossio Square to the riverfront Comercio Square cater to tourists. There are of course a few exceptions, but these restaurants serve mediocre food, the service is often poor, and they prevent you from exploring the city’s real cuisine. The restaurants to avoid are the ones with waiters standing by the door trying to persuade you into going inside, and the ones with illustrated menus (usually of tourist-friendly pastas and burgers) by the entrance.

Bartizan in Belem Tower, Lisbon, Portugal.Image via Wikipedia
It’s the Tagus, Not the Atlantic or the Mediterranean 

Lisbon stands where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean. It’s such a wide river, that many people think they’re looking at the sea. If you take the train to Cascais, you’ll see that it does become the Atlantic after you pass the Belem Tower, officially it is at Oeiras but in the center of the city, it’s still a river. With Portugal being a Southern European country, many tourists have also reportedly thought they’re standing by the Mediterranean. Other curious mistakes is thinking that the southern bank of the river is Algarve or the island of Madeira. It’s actually Almada, another city.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The Monument to the...Image via WikipediaNot Respecting the Queues 
When waiting for a tram or bus, the Portuguese line up and enter the vehicle by order of arrival. Apparently this is not common practice in other countries, and many tourists often just run inside in front of everyone else, leaving the typical old local ladies complaining about your bad manners. This is a tip that doesn’t come in most guidebooks, but it should.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Saudade Longing for Lisbon

My husband found this great video shot in Lisbon this morning. It just encapsulates the Portuguese idea of Saudade or longing, the linchpin of Fado music. Having lived here in my adopted home port of Lisbon I find this concept affecting me also - it is in the air.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lisbon Fish & Flavours 2011

Mark your Gourmet Calendar for some great wine & food sampling in Lisbon, Portugal  from 7 - 17 April this year. 

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Rain in Lisbon Still

I have reverted to hibernation mode here in the city again, it has been raining and dull for days. Woke up and could hardly see the bridge from my roof terrace and forget a glimpse of Christ the King Statue. This image of the 28 tram that passes my house on its way up and over the hill of Lisbon says it all!
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