May 17, 2014

Meo Out Jazz

Stop by the Praça Martim Moniz, Saturdays at 5pm this summer, for Meo Out Jazz: live concerts in a newly-hip setting. Despite its central location and delightful fountains, the Praça Martim Moniz has a reputation for being scrungy, and even a little shady after-hours. But the city of Lisbon is trying to change that. A year […]

April 23, 2014

Lisbon with kids: April 25th simplified

Last year my daughter asked “Mommy, what do we celebrate on April 25th?” I didn’t have a good answer for her then, but now I’ve had a year to think about it, and here’s my answer: Many years ago, when your great-grandparents were young, there was a far-flung kingdom without a king. Why it didn’t […]

November 11, 2013

St. Martin’s Day: Magusto & chestnuts

November 11 is St. Martin’s Day, and here in Portugal it is the height of the Magusto, a celebration of autumn’s bounty and the ripening of both the chestnuts and the year’s new wine. Martin was a Roman soldier, born around 316AD near Savaria, in what is now Hungary. According to legend, Martin came across […]

August 8, 2013

Lisbon with Teenagers: entertaining teens in Lisbon

Traveling with teens can be a challenge because… well, because teens can be a challenge! But there’s no reason why you can’t have fun in Lisbon with teenagers. I was 17 when I first visited Lisbon, for a week, with my parents and 4-year-old brother (joy of joys). But I ended up having a great […]

June 7, 2013

Quality Lisbon Busking, II: Lisbon celebrates its Arabic roots

Lisbon was an Arab city before Portugal even existed. The Moors held Al-Isbunah, as they called it, from 711 until D. Afonso Henriques and the crusaders drove them out in late 1147. And even then their influence remained. From the twisting streets of the Alfama (Arabic: al-hama, for fountain or bath), to the still-standing remains […]

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