March 14, 2018 getLISBON

On the night of the 5th Sunday of the Lent, Bairro Alto comes out to celebrate. Not to sing fado or for a bohemian night in the countless and famous bars and restaurants, but for a public display of faith, the Procession of Senhor dos Passos (Procession to Calvary): From Bairro Alto to São Roque. Join this small religious manifestation and discover a different side of the neighbourhood. For the visitants of Lisbon, Bairro Alto is an unmissable place, but to witness it on this night will be an unforgettable experience!   The Secular Processions We all know that Lisbon…

February 28, 2018 getLISBON

According to what the great realist writer Eça de Queiroz tells us in the Cozinha Arqueológica, let’s find out the DNA of the traditional flavours of Lisbon and its day-to-day dishes. Lisbon’s gastronomic offer is particularly rich. The options vary from all kinds of spaces and flavours, from traditional food to signature cuisine. You can also savour the most diverse of the international gastronomy. Mix of Influences and Tradition The food habits and the traditional flavours of Lisbon fit in the Mediterranean gastronomy. Throughout the times, Lisbon was target of many and diverse influences that were wisely absorbed by the…

February 21, 2018 getLISBON

About thirty years ago we developed a research on the decorative painting of the traditional boats of the Tagus River and we had the opportunity to know, at the time, one of the last popular painters, the master José Lopes. We found that little remained of this impressive legacy. The boats were, for the most part, ‘ghostly carcasses’ buried in the mud of the fluvial beaches of the South bank. The secret to its construction and painting was mastered by only a few. The interest in maintaining this knowledge seemed to disappear in less than a generation. At that time,…

January 19, 2018 getLISBON 1Comment

‘Excuse me, can I have two pastéis de Belém, please?’ asked a tourist in one of the many cafes in the heart of Lisbon, Chiado. The waiter, tired of giving the same reply, politely said ‘I’m afraid we don’t have pastel de Belém, only pastel de nata (egg custard tart).’ The woman, intrigued, pointed at the tarts that were on the café’s display. This episode was one of several that we witnessed during our incursions through this Seven Hills city, searching for more peculiar and interesting aspects to share with our readers. For those who know Lisbon, this post might…