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May 30, 2006

Follow the Music

The unmistakable sounds of Portuguese folk music drew us out of the house this afternoon, exploring until we found a dance troupe and band that had come down from Coimbra to celebrate “European Neighbor Day.”

Here’s a couple dressed in traditional Portuguese wedding gear, wherein even the bride wore black. (Don’t miss the backup singers/knitters!)

Traditional dancers, bride and groom

Traditional dancers, bride and groom

 

To know and enjoy Lisbon, put on comfy shoes and hit the streets.  You never know what you’ll find!

March 6, 2006

Hot Clube: Live Music

Hot Clube, “the” place for live music in Lisbon now has a website calendar:

Hot Clube de Portugal

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10pm – 2am.  Praça da Alegria 39, Tel 21-346-7369

February 10, 2006

Portuguese Fashion

I read a hilarious article on CNN today about European fashion… or rather about Americans and fashion and Europe.  About 30% of our guests hail from the USA and I do occasionally get questions about what to wear (“Are jeans ok?”), so I thought I’d post these two great quotes:

“I say if you can sleep comfortably in it, I don’t want to see it on the street”
Daniel Vosovic

‘Comfort has its place, but it seems rude to visit another country dressed as if you’ve come to mow its lawns.'”
David Sedaris

Lisbon for adults:  Yes, adults wear jeans.  Nice jeans.  No tennis shoes, no shorts, and definitely no sweatshirts.  (see lawn mowing, above)

Lisbon for children:  Tennis shoes and tailored shorts are fine.  No beach attire.  (A seven year old in short-shorts and matching tanktop screams “Pick my father’s pocket, please, he won’t bother telling the police.”)

Algarve Coastal Towns:  This is probably the only place in Portugal where adults can wear walking shorts to the local café without feeling totally out of place.

My suggestion?  When in doubt, wear black.