Monday, 31 March 2008

Belém, Portugal

A 15 minute tram ride along the coast from Lisbon is Belém. Here you will find The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, which is just incredible. A must see.
Just opposite the monestry is the Museum of Modern Art, which was wonderful.
Down the road is a quirky cafe and patisserie where people were queuing up for a box of egg tarts.
The interior was a metal ship-interior-looking place, very cool.
Down the road a bit is the Torre de Belém, built in 1515.
Walking to a modern tower, and nice spot of type:
And landmark Padrao dos Descobrimentos has great feature in the ground in front of it, as well as the views from the top.
And lastly, if you're in Belém check out the coach museum, Museu Nacional dos Coches. Incredible Cinderella-esque coaches. They were very ornate, massive and well worth a look at.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon has got to be one of Europe's best kept secrets. I just spent six days there and was blown away. So much to see and do. And I'm not sure really where to begin, so this will just be a jumble of findings, tip and random pics to try and explain why I loved Lisbon.Firstly, the signage. Beautiful old chunky signage.
Cafe Nicola boasts a magnificent art deco interior from it's 1935 renovation inside and striking 1929 facade. Praca Dom Pedro IV 25-26.Part of the Elevador de Santa Justa. A 45m high cast iron lift completed 1902. Rua de Santa Justa & Rua Aurea, Baxia €1.10, 9am-9pm.
Looking up...
And looking down...
Patterned cobbled streets Lisbon is known for.
Tile and ceramic stores everywhere. Great stuff.
A lot of grafitti about too.
And tiled walls everywhere. I especially loved this retro restaurant wall. Brilliant!
Lots of retro signage. I don't know how it survived this long...
Me trying on a stunning €400 vintage dress. Lots of tulle and satin. Sadly not quite enough dosh in my wallet to bring it home with me...
My favourite food. Egg tarts (bottom left). TO DIE FOR. Just delish.
More tiles and graffiti.
Remember, the Portuguese have siestas! Shops shut between 1 and 3pm. This doesn't apply to department stores.
More type.
Yummy chocolate and coffee from A Carioca, Rua da Misericordia 9.
Enjoying a beer with the masses and watching the sun go down.
Tiles and truck graphics.
Cafe Buenos Aires, Calcada do Duque.
One this you must try is grilled fish in Lisbon. It's famous for it.
For a cheap and cheerful local grilled fish i can highly recommend Cervejaria Paco Real, Rua da Conceicao 55-57. Amazing huge plate of fish, for under €10 a head.
More crazy buildings.
A glove shop like no other. Luvaria Ulisses only fits about two customers at a time but is worth having a peek in. Opened in 1925 softer leather than these you will not find. Prices approx €45-€55. Rua do Carmo 87a.
And this is just the tip of the iceburg...