Friday, 13 October 2017

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Route of "Petiscos" and Wines of Alentejo






Starting on 15th and ending on 29th October,  the Route of Petiscos and Wines of Alentejo will take you to  10 Lisbon's restaurants, offering  10 delicious "Petiscos" paired with and 10 amazing wines from Alentejo.  If you think this is good news, wait until you know the price... 3,50 € for the pair!

Now that I have your attention, let me give you all the information you need to start this incredible route dedicated to all the foodies in town. This initiative from the Alentejo Regional Winegrowing Commission (CVRA) aims to bring the outstanding wines from Alentejo to a larger public and to highlight their versatility and quality.

You can find the restaurants part of this route in different parts of the city, making it a good excuse to walk around Lisbon before you try a Petisco and a good wine from Alentejo.  In the images below you can find relevant information on the time, food and wine available at each restaurant.  I have a few ideas about the ones I want to try!







Com início no dia 15 e terminando a 29 de outubro, a Rota dos Petiscos e Vinhos do Alentejo, irá leva-lo a 10 restaurantes de Lisboa, que estão a oferecer 10 deliciosos "Petiscos" emparelhados com 10 surpreendentes vinhos do Alentejo. Se acha que esta é uma boa notícia, espere até saber o preço ... 3,50 € para o par!

Agora que já tenho a sua atenção, deixe-me dar-lhe todas as informações de que precisa para iniciar esta incrível rota. Esta iniciativa da Comissão Vitivinícola Regional Alentejano (CVRA) visa dar a conhecer os excepcionais vinhos e gastronomia do Alentejo a um público mais alargado, destacando a sua versatilidade e qualidade.

Pode encontrar os restaurantes que fazem parte desta rota em diferentes pontos da cidade, tornando-se uma boa desculpa para caminhar em Lisboa antes de experimentar um Petisco e um bom vinho do Alentejo. Nas imagens acima, pode encontrar informações relevantes sobre os horários, comida e vinho disponíveis em cada restaurante. Eu cá já estou com umas ideias sobre os vinhos que quero experimentar!











Thursday, 12 October 2017

Chronicles from Andalusia | My 5 Must Go Places in Granada





Nestled between the mountains, Granada irradiates the kind of magic that places with a special history cast over the ones who visit them. Moorish from the 8th century to the final decade of the 15th century, Granada was for long a reputed international cultural center, where artists, merchants, scholars, and scientists make the city flourish in all sorts of ways. Under the Catholic Kings rule, the city grows and after a decline períod over the 19th century, Granada is seeing some of its former glories reborn. The care a visitor can see in many historical buildings and all the atmosphere of this small city is an invitation to return once again. I surely will!



THE ALHAMBRA


Standing on the top of the hill, there is such grace and pure beauty in this complex of palaces and fortresses that is difficult to stop staring at it or living it after your visit. The luxurious gardens, the magnificence of the artwork that embellishes most of the places, the ages of history held in each stone are unforgettable. Make sure you book your visit to the Nasrin Palaces ahead (you can do it online), as the number of people visiting the palaces is restricted.





THE GENERALIFE


The Generalife was the "country house" of the Nasrid kings, where they could enjoy all its tranquility, far from the court and its intrigues. Generalife (Yannat al Arif) stands for Garden of Paradise, and indeed its gardens, patios, and parks are quite magical. The breathtaking views you can grasp from its balconies, the pure, iced water running down the hill, and the fresh and colorful gardens make it my favorite part of the visit.








THE ALBAICIN


On the hill facing Alhambra, you find the neighborhood of the Albaicín, where the Moorish past is still quite visible. Walking during the day you can find the layers of history enclosed on the streets and buildings and, at night, the Albaicín bustles with activity, with stores, restaurants, and tea rooms that remind you of Morocco and bring you back to its Moorish days.






SAINT NICOLAS VIEWPOINT


After a walk on the Albaicín, keep walking up the hill to the Mirador de San Nicolás. This high point of the city, standing in front of the Alhambra, is the perfect viewpoint to enjoy the view of the palaces at sunset. As the sun declines behind the city, the palace's walls change their colors and reflect the golden light in a perfect spectacle. The square is always full of people and there is a good chance of finding some musicians playing there.






SACROMONTE


A long time ago, the gypsies lived in caves on the hill of Sacromonte. The caves (Cuevas) are fresh in the Summer and able to keep the heat inside during the cold Winter. The neighborhood is gorgeous with its whitewashed walls facing the street, frequently decorated with colorful elements. You can visit some of the caves in a local museum and, at night, can go to Sacromonte for a Flamenco show, as this part of Granada has been traditionally the place for flamenco artists and bohemians.












Friday, 6 October 2017

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Wines of Alentejo Tastings in Lisbon




(Versão Portuguesa abaixo)

As some of you may know, I'm from Alentejo and absolutely passionate about this region on the South of Portugal. Passionate for its landscape, its culture, its people, its gastronomy and its wine! And, passionate as I am, could not miss the opportunity to invite you all to visited Vinhos do Alentejo em Lisboa that will take place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), in Lisbon on the 13th and 14th October. So, if you are a local or happen to be visiting Lisbon, save the date for a visit to this amazing event.

The Alentejo has become one of the most creative and even avant-garde wine producing region in the country, presenting wines produced from a remarkable diversity of grape varieties and landscapes, which result in a multiplicity of styles where the common denominator is quality. In this wine show you'll find many of the wineries from Alentejo, and will have the opportunity to receive advice and practical tips from experts on Alentejo's wines.

Vinhos do Alentejo will include commented wine tastings, talks and a showcase of DOP products from Alentejo to promote and give proof to the region. Some of the best wines and PDO Alentejo products will travel to the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, to give a taste of the region over two days.  Because Portuguese love to pair a good wine with great food, there will be plenty of regional products from Alentejo - bread, olive oil and traditional confectionery - to harmonize with your favorite wines.







Como alguns já devem ter percebido, sou do Alentejo e absolutamente apaixonada por essa região do sul de Portugal. Apaixonada pela sua paisagem, pela sua cultura, pelo seu povo, pela sua gastronomia e pelo seu vinho! E, apaixonada como sou, não posso perder a oportunidade de convidá-los a visitar a mostra Vinhos do Alentejo em Lisboa que terá lugar no Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), em Lisboa, nos dias 13 e 14 de outubro. Seja um Lisboeta ou ou um visitante da cidade, salve a data para uma visita a este evento incrível.

O Alentejo tornou-se uma das regiões produtoras de vinho mais criativas e até vanguardistas do país, apresentando vinhos produzidos em diferentes tipos de paisagens, a partir de uma notável diversidade de variedades de uva, o que resulta em uma multiplicidade de estilos onde o denominador comum tem sido a qualidade. Nesta mostra de vinhos, encontrará muitos produtores vinícolas desta região, e terá a oportunidade de receber conselhos e dicas práticas de especialistas em vinhos do Alentejo.

O Vinhos do Alentejo incluirá provas comentadas, palestras e uma vitrine de produtos DOP do Alentejo para promover e dar a provar o que de melhor se produz nesta região.  Porque os portugueses adoram acompanhar um bom vinho com ótima comida, haverá muitos produtos regionais do Alentejo - pão, azeite e doçaria tradicional - para harmonizar com seus vinhos favoritos.








Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Curated Lisbon Hotels | Corinthia Hotel Lisbon





Often people ask for my advice on choosing a hotel to stay in Lisbon. Although, usually, I don't need to check in at a hotel at my hometown,  I know some fine hotels in the city that I've visited for some reason. During the next months, I'll bring you some of my favorite Lisbon hotels, on this Curated Lisbon Hotels series, highlighting all the information you need to make a sound decision in the moment you need to book your stay in this lovely city.

I'll start with a place that is very dear to me and where I've always had positive experiences to count for. The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon includes all I value in a hotel: location, comfort and a top-level service. Is truth that while visiting a city, one does not plan to stay a long time at the hotel, especially in a place like Lisbon where there is so much to see. But at the Corinthia you can find so much to hold you back at the hotel, that becomes difficult to leave in the morning. A lovely garden and terraces to enjoy the Portuguese sun and good weather, a great swimming pool to relax, the most outstanding SPA, nice restaurants and an unmissable bar are some of the things that will be expecting you when you check in.












This 5-star hotel is located in the city center and not far from the airport. There are several attractions in short walking distance (like Gulbenkian's Museum and Gardens, and the Zoo), and even if you are not very keen on walking, most of the city is very easy to reach, either by taxi or by subway. With Sete Rios Metro station only a 2 minutes walkway, you can be Downtown in ten minutes.

The Corinthia has excellent facilities and well appointed social areas, that always look impeccably clean, tidy and welcoming. The rooms are large, modern and comfortable. Clean and well equipped, present large sized bathrooms and an ample space to work with working internet connection. I've stayed at the hotel a few years ago and have visited it since on several occasions and on different events. One thing never changes, the constant effort to keep their guests satisfied even with the smallest details. This culture is present at all levels in the organization and you can be sure that at Corinthia you will find the most friendly and helpful staff that will make their best to make your stay nothing less than memorable.












Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, nº 105
Lisbon 1099-031
Portugal
Phone: +351 217 236 305
Email: lisbon@corinthia.com






Saturday, 30 September 2017

September has ended!





September was time to reunite whit old friends (some more restaurant posts soon), to return to Alentejo and to have a go at the grapes harvest at a winery near Lisbon. Was such a great experience that included crushing the grapes with my bare feet in order to make wine. The end of September was also time to visit a fantastic Medieval Fair in Palmela (less than an hour from Lisbon) and although it wasn't our first time at such an event, we had the best of times.

October is about to begin and, with it, the colorful Autumn. Until the next monthly wrap-up, leave you with the nine photos that are the Top 9 for September on our Instagram account. You can follow us there for daily photos and tips.













Thursday, 28 September 2017

Lisbon Chronicles | Medieval Fair at Palmela





A long, long time ago... when I was a little girl there were two book collections very famous in Portugal. One dedicated to girls and the other to boys. I must confess that found those young ladies books a total bore and read all of the books from the boy's collection that I could get my hands on. Arthurian novels describing the quests of the nights of the Round Table, the adventures of Marco Polo, heroes engaged in interminable pursuits and dangers were my favorite, and in my imagination, I was some kind of avant la lettre strong female character that tagged along with the boys on those medieval sceneries of magic and adventure.

Maybe because of those early fantasies, I always enjoy visiting historic places. Events like Medieval Fairs are guaranteed to provide me with a great time and whenever I have the opportunity I try to visit one. Lucky me that in Portugal there are several Medieval Fairs every Summer. Last week I've visited Palmela's Medieval Fair and loved it so much that must recommend you not to miss it next year if you have the chance.















This large medieval fair lasts 3 days and is very conveniently located in and around Palmela's Castle, less than an hour away from Lisbon. The grounds are well organized with market areas, lots of food stands and exhibition areas where you can find daily medieval activities exemplified by artisans, and instructors, animals, and scenes of the household life.

Several groups of music, dancers, and performers animate the fair all through the day and night and the diversity of foods and drinks with a medieval twist guarantee that you'll have all you need to a long enjoying visit. But the high point of the night is the jousts with nights and warriors fighting each other with courage and honor.










Feira Medieval de Palmela
Organization - Palmela's City Council
Ticket Prices for September 2017:
1 Day: 2,50 euros | 3 days: 5,00 euros | Children under 12: Free
Medieval Costumes (1 day rental: 6 euros)








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