Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Palace Afternoon Tea

An Afternoon Tea is a very special treat to be enjoyed by family and friends.

This very English tradition is said to have been started around 1840 by duchess Anna Maria and it is usually taken between 3 and 5 o'clock.

Tea is commonly consumed at social events, and many cultures have created formal ceremonies for these events. Western examples of these are afternoon tea and the tea party.

For some, especially in the upper social classes, tea is a late afternoon light meal, often just cake, scones or sandwiches served, irrespective of the beverage consumed with it.

Although it is not very known, Portugal was the first to introduce the practice of drinking tea to Europe as well as the first European country to produce tea around 1750.


In Lisbon it is possible to enjoy the Afternoon Tea in some historical Tea Lounges as the "Pastelaria Versailles" open since 1922 which preserves traces of art deco that was always characterized by larger mirrors and crafted ceilings or the "Pavilhão Chinês" one of the most emblematic places of Lisbon with high aesthetic and architectural value.

In 1996 the Avenida Palace hosted a series of encounters that took place every Saturday afternoon. It was called "Chá com Poesia" (Tea with Poetry). This event brought to the Avenida Palace numerous personalities related to Culture, to hear and recite poetry.

Steeped in tradition, the Avenida Palace has been using the tradition of the Afternoon Tea for some years now.

To accompany the occasion is the piano with Mozart and Chopin as some of the composers to be heard and the splendid lounge of this landmark hotel plays host to this ritual.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Big Bang LX 2017

On October 20th and 21st, Centro Cultural de Belém, hosts another edition of the Big Bang LX, Adventurous Music Festival for a Young Audience.

On this 8th edition the festival promises an amazing journey of shared discovery for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and for the parents accompanying them.

Once again the Centro Cultural de Belém/Fábrica das Artes offers a space where Portuguese artists can create new artistic approaches to music for children and see their work recognized within the country and across Europe.

In an initiative of Zonzo Compagnie the goal of the festival is to create a platform where composers, musicians and performers can meet and also contribute towards the development and presentation of non-commercial music for children.

From choral to instrumental music, from jazz to classical, from traditional to experimental instruments, all combined to offer full contact with a borderless, constantly expanding musical universe.

Program:

Nocturno | Joana Gama and Victor Hugo Pontes
20th and 21st October, 10:30 am and 1:45 pm

Futurina | Sonoscopia
20th and 21st October, 11:45 am and 3 pm

3ACH - A stairway to heaven | Zonzo Compagnie
20th and 21st October, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm

Quarto da Joana | Joana Guerra
20th and 21st October, 10:45 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Extension | Vincent Martial
20th and 21st October, 11:45 am, 2:45 pm and 4:30 pm

Como dormirão meus olhos | Filipe Faria and Pedro Castro
20th and 21st October, 11:45 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm

Tocá Rufar | Orquestra Tocá Rufar
20th and 21st October, 12:30 pm and 5 pm

Jukebox e Caixa de Ressonância | Ofício das Artes
20th and 21st October, 10:30 am, 1 pm and 2 pm

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Pilar 7 – Bridge Experience

Last week, Lisbon’s new attraction, Pilar 7 – Bridge Experience - opened to the public.

Located in the Avenida da Índia, this new attraction features a panoramic viewpoint on the bridge’s deck level and a virtual reality experience on its pillar.

Areas inaccessible to the public can now be visited through a sensory experience lived inside this vital bridge’s pillar, resulting in a journey through the history and construction techniques of this national monument, which ends with the construction of an elevator that goes up 80 meters to the top by the road, allowing an unprecedented view of the city, in particular of such as Belém, Almada and the Tagus River.

The visit starts in the area outside the central massif of Pilar 7, where it is possible to contemplate the scale of the structures of the Bridge, as well as getting to know some of the peculiarities inherent to its construction.

Within Pilar 7, it is possible to see 360° projections about the Bridge’s construction with four short films that show the interventions and the grandeur of this work.

In a contiguous room, the visitor is surrounded by the blue waters of the Rio Tejo, climbing on a platform that will allow him to emerge from these virtual waters, and when reaching the top of the platform one can feel, hear and see the train that crosses both margins, approaching.

A suspended staircase will give you access to another room where a set of upper and lower mirrors provides an illusion of depth and grandeur of the interior of the Pilar 7 massif, where the project’s main attraction is located, the viewpoint with a panoramic view, where the visitor will have an unparalleled experience.

Do not miss this unique experience.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Taxis in Lisbon

This is a controversial subject, but unfortunately, no one wants to discuss it seriously, and almost every day we are confronted by guests claiming they were overcharged, an old problem with no apparent solution.

It is our understanding that this is a problem common to all main European cities and that needs a strong intervention from the authorities.                                

It is not only about the obvious, the crime of stealing and deceiving, it is about the image that those people give of our country to the many tourists that arrive, sometimes for the first time, to a strange country and look for a warm welcome. 

The number of visitors is increasing every day, arriving from the Airport or from the Port, and although Lisbon has many new features, it still has a lot of old "diseases", and sometimes, not always, the hotel takes the "blame" for this bad experience, because after such a "welcome" the guest arrives much more nervous and the probability of a complaint increases.

We don't want to make the mistake of putting every Taxi driver in the same "basket", of course, there are many good and honest people working on the taxi service, but there are those unlucky tourists that face the dishonest ones.

At the Avenida Palace we try, whenever possible, to inform the guests about the average tariffs (between 10€ to 15€) and to pay only what is in the meter, and also how to proceed in case the tourist feels that he is being ripped off (alert the police).

We still consider the Taxi to be the fastest and easiest way to get to the hotel, but due to the problem mentioned above and due to the long queues that take place at the Airport, before taking a Taxi you may consider alternative means of transportation.

The Aerobus is a valid option, in our case, there is a stop right next door, the subway, also with a stop next door and another one is the private transfer a little more expensive but much more comfortable.

It is also possible to seek information in the Airport’s Tourism Office.

Our hope is that the tourist, in the event that this problem occurs, doesn't misjudge our country because of a few dishonest people.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Rossio Fashion Day

On September 21st, the Rossio Square hosts another edition of the “Rossio Fashion Day”.

The Praça D. Pedro, mostly known as Rossio, welcomes another edition of the “Rossio Fashion Day”, an event that aims to promote the best that the Downtown area has to offer to locals and tourists.

After last year’s success with over 40 models in a 50 meters catwalk, the expectations are high but be aware that the collections to be displayed are not from Paris or Milan, they are from local Portuguese stores, established on the downtown district.

Come and see what the local stores are selling, in an event promoted by the “Associação Dinamiza Baixa Pombalina”.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

World’s Best Aquarium

For the 2nd time the Oceanário was elected by TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice the world’s Best Aquarium.

This famous travel portal presented the Top 10 Aquariums in 2017, and after an analysis on the quality of the service and visitors reviews, the Ocenário got 1st place.
Photo Ocenário

The Oceanário de Lisboa is a public aquarium whose prestige is widely recognized, not only in Lisbon and Portugal but also across the world. Its exceptional exhibitions and the architectural features of its buildings, full of symbolism, allow a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Oceanário consists of two buildings connected by a large forecourt: the original Oceans Building and the new Sea Building. The forecourt, from which the exhibitions and the educational area can be accessed, boasts a magnificent panel featuring 55 thousand tiles.

Last year the Oceanário received visitors from 180 countries that shared more than 29.000 reviews, most of them classified as Excellent.

With more than 20 million visitors since its opening in 1998, the Ocenário is one of Portugal’s most important touristic attractions.

Monday, 28 August 2017

LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro

Lisbon doesn’t stop and September starts with a new edition of LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro.

A sound garden opened from 2 pm to 12 am in a special corner of Parque Eduardo VII, LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro is an experience to awaken the senses and, probably, the coolest party in Lisbon that stands out for its uniqueness.

Going for its 4th edition LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro is a combination of heritage and music, tourism and culture, leisure and pleasure in one single concept, a day party in a garden we consider our own.

A three-days party at an almost secret sound garden in the city's most emblematic park "blessed" by Lisbon's incredible light. LISB-ON #Jardim Sonoro is a compulsory event for music lovers who want to enjoy an urban experience in broad daylight with the city as center stage.

These are some of the names present in this edition: AMP Fiddler, Cassy, De Los Miedos, DJ Koze, Etienne Jaumet, Francisco Coelho, João Tenreiro, Kiamos, Lerosa and much more.

A special groove to be watched, heard and felt.