Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race returns to Lisbon from May 25th to June 7th, and this time the organization expects to welcome about 500 thousand visitors.

Lisbon is the only European capital to receive the greatest boat race competition around the world. 

The Doca de Pedrouços in Algés is the place where everything will happen and this year, the event will occupy an area of around 57.000m2, where you can contact directly with the teams and boats, attend concerts or visit the different exhibitions, fairs and activities, all with the sea as theme.
Foto Mundo Náutico
The competition is all related to Portugal. It starts in the Mediterranean, passes the Bojador and the Cape of Good Hope, continues by the Indian Ocean, the Strait of Malacca to China, the Pacific, the Strait of Magellan, goes to Brazil, passes Newport, Boston and returns to Lisbon, which is almost a homecoming. 

This maritime route is in fact the history of the Portuguese and the history of the Discoveries.

The Volvo Ocean Race started already on October 11th 2014 in Alicante and it ends on June 27th in Switzerland. Seven teams travel 38,739 nautical miles around the world, surpassing nine stages and going through 10 different ports: Alicante (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, USA), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient ( France) and The Hague (Netherlands).

Learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race here.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Palácio da Pena Awarded

Palácio da Pena (Parques de Sintra/ Nuno Cabral)
The European Best Destination, as awarded the Palácio da Pena in Sintra, as one of the 15 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe.

According to the website, visiting this castle is like walking among history, finding histories about kings, alliances, the history of the Portuguese territory and its battles, and the history of the families that built and unbuilt Europe.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Adriana Calcanhotto in Lisbon

Between February and March, Lisbon will host 3 concerts by Adriana Calcanhotto at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Started singing in bars in Porto Alegre, Adriana Calcanhotto has a career with more than 20 years with eight albums released and is one of the leading names in Brazilian popular music.

Get the full story here.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentine’s Cocktail

No matter what you’re planning for Valentine’s Day or even if you have no plans at all, stop by our Bar and try our Valentine’s Day Special Cocktail.

The recipe is very simple but the result is wonderful, here are the ingredients:

2cl Vodka
1cl White Crème Cacao
1cl Melon syrup
1cl Strawberry syrup

Now just combine all the ingredients on a goblet, serve it on an old fashioned glass and it’s ready to taste.

An ideal choice for those part of a duo or for those flying solo.

A special way to spend a special day!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, in Portugal, is celebrated with music and Lisbon is one of the “stages”. All is set for that much expected day, the day that nothing can fail.

The history of Valentine's Day dates back to a dark fasting day, held in honor of St. Valentine.

The Emperor Claudius II, had prohibited marriage during the wars believing that single soldiers were better fighters. Bishop Valentine fought against such instructions and, clandestinely, continued celebrating weddings despite the prohibition of the Emperor.

He was later arrested for this "crime" and during that period, young couples send him flowers and letters saying that they continued to believe in love.

During his time in prison, Bishop Valentine, fell in love with the blind daughter of a jailer, to whom he miraculously restored the sight. Before his execution, Valentine wrote a farewell message to his love, in which he signed "From your Valentine".

But it was only in the late Middle Ages, during which the concept of romantic love was expressed, that this date started to be associated to romantic love.

In this special date, a series of concerts will take place across the country, all starting at the same time, featuring Xutos e Pontapés, Jorge Palma, among others. In Lisbon, Sara Tavares will take the stage, in the Aula Magna.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Top 5 – Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Today, we will dive into one of the most visited museums of Lisbon and one of the most important in Portugal. 

The Museu Nacional do Azulejo or National Tile Museum is one of the most important national museums, for its unique collection - the Azulejo (tile), an artistic expression which distinguishes the Portuguese culture, and for the building where it is located - the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus, founded in 1509.

The art of tile making is a Moorish inheritance, much adapted – most noticeably in the addition of human figurative motifs, forbidden by Islam.

The collections on display allow you to make an expedition through the tile history, from the fifteenth century to the present day.

We will describe you the Top 5 features you can’t miss when visiting the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

1 – Tile-making Exhibit
Step-by-step exhibits of tile-making, from a lump of clay to the final glazing, help visitors to see how it combines practical uses with decorative ends.

2 – Madre de Deus Church
The magnificent barrel-vaulted convent church is the result of three centuries of construction and decoration, and contains enough paintings to fill a gallery.

3 – Moorish Tiles
With their attractive geometrical patterns, varied color palettes, and glazing techniques, Moorish tiles continue to be an inspiration to tile-makers and home decorators alike.

4 – Manueline Cloister
This small but stunning cloister is one of the few surviving features of the original convent of Madre de Deus.

5 – Lisbon Panel
On the second floor of the main cloister and 23m long you can see the Lisbon Panel, a vast tiled panorama of Lisbon, a captivating representation of the city’s waterfront as it was before the great earthquake.