November 6, 2014

Portuguese Music that isn’t Fado: Loucos de Lisboa

Don’t misunderstand, we love Fado: it’s beautiful, and it speaks so well to the Portuguese soul. But sometimes it seems like Fado is the only Portuguese music around, which just isn’t true This Portuguese band, Ala dos Namorados, broke up a few years back, but the song is a classic. It’s called “Loucos de Lisboa” (The […]

September 10, 2014

Lisbon with kids: Jardim Garcia d’Orta (Sound Garden)

Lisbon is full of lovely parks, although many are a little off the beaten track. To celebrate the warmer weather, we’re showcasing some of our favorites. This week, the Jardim Garcia d’Orta… a garden of sound. Tucked between the Pavilhao Atlantico and the FIL, overlooking the river Tejo, the Jardim Garcia d’Orta is the Expo’s […]

July 12, 2014

Parks of Lisbon: Jardim do Torel

Lisbon is full of lovely parks, although many are a little off the beaten track. To celebrate the warmer weather, we’re showcasing some of our favorites. This week, the Jardim do Torel, just up the hill from our vacation rentals and holiday apartments. The Jardim do Torel winds, snake-like, down the Colina de Santana–starting near […]

July 7, 2014

Carlos do Carmo (Lisboa, Menina e Moça)

Fado singer Carlos do Carmo is the first Portuguese performer to win a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. The song Lisboa, Menina e Moça is one of his best-known. Carlos do Carmo was born in 1939, in the Mouraria–Lisbon’s most emblematic fado neighbourhood. His mother owned a fado house and was herself a singer, so that music always […]

June 1, 2014

Santos Populares – Popular Saints

June in Lisbon means grilled sardines and Sto Antonio and the feast days of the santos populares (“popular saints” or “people’s saints”)… The feast days of the most popular saints in Portugal — St Anthony, St Pedro and St John– are all in June, and every year this is an excuse for Lisbon (and much of […]

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