Archive for the 'Traditions' Category

Bakery/cafe Lisbon ‘Fábrica Lisboa': tasty handmade croissants, old fashioned quality, funny vintage decoration & traditional erotic Portuguese pottery

Tweet Bakery/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ is responsible for the delicious smell wafting through the street Rua da Madelena in Lisbon.. Bakery (padaria)/cafe ‘Fábrica Lisboa’ : delicious handmade rustic bread and croissants ‘Fábrica Lisboa’  has its own production, which means that the croissants, bread, pies or cakes are constantly coming out of the oven in front of the customers. Traditional […]

Lovely Portuguese ceramics at Lisbon’s fleamarket: ‘Armazém das Caldas’ & symbols of Portugal, ‘good luck’ rooster, ‘saint’ sardine, ‘friend’ codfish & ‘love’ swallow

Tweet There’s a store where you step into Lisbon’s famous fleamarket, ‘Armazém das Caldas’. The traditional Portuguese ceramics and the warm service of the owner makes me feel like buying a lot..  I love it! Portuguese ceramics: ‘Armazém das Caldas’, Campo de Santa Clara 112, fleamarket Lisbon Armazém (litt. warehouse) das Caldas opened his doors in November 2014, selling […]

Fado restaurant ‘Maria da Mouraria’ Lisbon: pure Portuguese fado music and traditional food in Maria da Severa’s former house, first fadista & femme fatale

Tweet A city break to Lisbon is not complete without a night with fado, the melancholy Portuguese music. Avoid most of the Fado houses in area Bairro Alto; what you’ll hear has nothing to do with pure fado. You pay too much, and also the food is too overpriced! Good fado has its home in historical areas Alfama […]

Lisbon’s craziest night: June 12, Eve of Saint Anthony (Santo António): eating, drinking, dancing in the streets, party’s historical areas, a mix of religion & sensuality

Tweet Lisbon in June: wine, sangria, beer, the smell of grilled sardines, mojitos, caipirinhas, fado, pimba music and lots of people eating, drinking and dancing in the streets of the historical areas. On the eve of Saint Anthony day (June 13), Lisbon turns into a huge open air party! June 12, party time! Historic area Mouraria Rua […]

Fado, knives & blood (Fado, Navalhas e Sangue), artist Carlos Fernandez, Santo Antonio festivities & Mouraria, Lisbons 900 years old historical area

Tweet Artist Carlos Fernandez was born and raised in Mouraria, a historic (old Moorish) down town area in Lisbon. Together with Alfama, the Mouraria area is a muddle of very narrow streets and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Mouraria, Lisbon: nostalgic drawing by Carlos Fernandez Carlos Fernandez earns […]

Fado: ‘Vai Tu’ in Lisbon’s ‘most photographed funicular’ street near Bairro Alto & every Sunday traditional fado out of the tourist circle

Tweet Fado is Portugal’s most well known music. Traditionally, the fado houses in Portugal are popular and a meeting spot for families and friends. In general: stay away in Lisbon from practically all fado places in Bairro Alto. They are too touristy and the quality not always worth the high prices, a tourist trap! ‘Vai Tu’ is a local community […]

Authentiek appartement (3 slpk, 100 m2) historisch Lissabon: fijne privé patio (30 m2) in Mouraria, tot 6 pers. te huur, startpunt tram 28, WiFi, BBQ & sat. TV

Tweet Prima uitgangspunt om Lissabon te ontdekken, ook voor senioren. Vanaf 35-40 € pp pn met 2 pers. Direct van eigenaar (verhuur sinds 2006), goede nachtrust. Authentiek appartement (rond 1900 gebouwd), hartje  stad,  nabij metro en startpunt trammetje 28. Tot 6 pers. te huur. Vanaf 20/25 € pp per nacht (bij 4-6 pers.). Bij 5 of meer dagen 10 % korting. Patio (30 […]

Lisbon in June: biggest party of the year, Santo António, the Saint of true love: romantic poems, push ups, sardines & party time in Mouraria June 12

Tweet The month of June is party time in Lisbon! One of Portugal’s most popular saints, Santo António (Saint Anthony of Padua), was a Fransiscan friar canised by the Catholic Church in record time, one year after his death (on June 13, 1232). Many miracles have been attributed to him and he is considered a […]

Lisbon & chestnuts: the unmistakable smell of roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas) & November 11 St Martin Day traditions

Tweet The unmistakable smell of roasted chestnuts (castanhas assadas) is announcing autumn’ s arrival in Portugal. ‘Quentes e boas’! ‘(Get’ em hot!). This cry goes out on the Lisbon streets. ‘Hot and good, a dozen for € 2“. Much to the chagrin of many, the traditional paper cone made out of the Yellow Papers has been replaced […]

Lisbon at Christmas time: students, beggers, New Year, the Bolo Rei Kings’ cake & traditions (who gets the bean?)

Tweet Already in October Lisbon is busy decorating the streets and the trees. Thousands of lovely colourful Christmas lights decorate the city, from Rossio and the Baixa/Chiado downton area to the Avenida Novas and beyond to Belém. It is said that, due to the financial crisis, the banks stopped sponsoring the Christmas decorations. Mouraria, in December, […]