Friday, 17 October 2014

Recital


Estrella Damm Tapas Route


From October 16th to November 2nd, the Estrella Damm Tapas Route, is back to Lisboa and Porto.
The invitation is made ​​to eat tapas thru the historic districts of Lisboa and Porto, always accompanied by an Estrella Damm beer.

During 18 days, 35 venues in Lisbon and 20 establishments in Porto welcome the Estrella Damm Tapas Route.

In this 4th edition, Cais do Sodré and Rossio joins Alfama, Bairro Alto, Principe Real, downtown Porto and Ribeira.

With the arrival of the new season, the tapas bring new colors and flavors: from partridge to quinces and from chestnuts to mushrooms. Chefs are challenged to include in the confection one autumnal ingredient: nuts, honey, olives, sausages, cheeses, small game (e.g. partridge, duck), almonds, walnuts, raisins, quinces, trout, mushrooms, sweet potato and / or pumpkin.

Estrella Damm invites you to discover new flavors with unique tapas and autumnal flavors: one tapa and one beer 0,25l, at € 3.

In this edition, to facilitate the journey between the different Lisbon districts, the now famous Tuk Tuks will be available circulating through the streets of Principe Real, Cais do Sodré and Alfama, every day between 19h and 23h.

Only two stamps on the map of Estrella Damm Tapas Route are enough for you to enjoy these rides. Each Tuk Tuk carries up to 6 people so, join some friends and catch a ride to the next neighborhood.

What are you waiting for, just follow the map and let’s eat some tapas!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Lisboa Open House 2014


Hosted by cities such as London, New York or Buenos Aires, this initiative was created in 1992 by Victoria Thornton in order to make spaces of architectural and cultural significance known to a wide audience. The number of participating cities throughout the world is increasing but always with the same premise, to open their doors during a weekend, in an annually event.

It arrived in Lisbon in 2012, by initiative of the Trienal and since then it has been gathering a great deal of fans. In its first edition all expectations were exceeded: 13,918 visits in a route which included 54 locations.

This route is a unique opportunity to visit and discovery spaces that demonstrate the decisive role of architecture in the lives of citizens, an event for the general public which allows to get to know our history through visits commented by a dedicated team of volunteers or by the authors themselves. From palaces to private homes or from schools to churches, this weekend one can discover places that only become accessible to the public during these 2 days.

In this 3rd edition, Lisboa Open House, will take place on the weekend of the 11th and 12th October, in 27 new locations, with a total of 70 spaces.

An extensive program of courses and guided visits is accessible, in this edition. The selection of spaces is based not only on the cultural and architectural importance but also on the variety of types and eras. From Parque das Nações to Algés, from Tejo river to Avenidas Novas, from Mouraria to Benfica.

Every space in the route has free entry and, on each site, there is a large team of volunteers present to provide information, counseling and to escort the visits. Most sites do not require reservation and so the visits are arranged by order of arrival. However, due to their characteristics, some sites do require a pre-booking, which must be made by phone, email or online, according to the information on each space’s page.


Two nearby spaces included in the route are Theater D. Maria II and the Roca Lisboa Gallery.

Find out more about all spaces at Lisboa Open House 2014.

The doors are open: enter and be part of this experience!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Rua Augusta


Today we return to the topic Streets of Lisbon and this time with a big one, the world famous “Rua Augusta”.

Not all blocks were even built and the main trading activities for the streets in the downtown quarter were already defined, based on a street by trade organization.

The “Rua Augusta” was intended to house the merchants of wool and silk and to honor the "Augusta”, the respectful and sacred figure of King ”
D. José I”. It is one of the main streets in the downtown area and perhaps the most important link between "Praça do Comércio" and "Praça D. Pedro IV" (aka Rossio).

In 1780, those who walked from "Rossio" to "Praça do Comércio” through "Rua Augusta” could count 123 stores open. Those days, the street had a characteristic color, due to the wool and silk cloths, displayed in the windows and doors of its establishments.

In 1771, Arthur William Costigan referred to “Rua Augusta” as a “high class street ", from which one could see the “Castelo São Jorge” from one side and from the other the district of “Bairro Alto”. The passage to "Praça do Comércio" is made through the majestic “Arco da Rua Augusta” whose name reveals the importance attributed to it. A monument we will write about in the future.

This grand street, with its impressive shops that everyday extended their awnings over the sidewalk, and opened their showcases, was also an area for "high finances". In the late nineteenth century, the street already showed a busy facet, with people of all social classes visiting the street for shopping, or just strolling, enjoying the latest in fashion.

Since the 1980's the street is closed to traffic and it is often occupied by street artists, craftsmen and vendors.

Along its path there are outdoor tables from the local restaurants and tourist shops and also one of Lisbon’s best museums, one we already wrote about: MUDE the Museum of Fashion and Design.