27 de agosto de 2016

Beer

Do you like beer? In Portugal we love it! 

There are two famous brands of beer: Sagres and Super Bock.

They are rivals and also sponsor two football rivals: SLBenfica (which is the national champion) and FCPorto, respectively. Yes, we also love football (Soccer, you may say, but for us is Football!) :)


We like Benfica but our favorite beer is Super Bock (is not as bitter as Sagres). 

 
But do come to Portugal and try for yourself. 

Drink a beer, in a bar with ocean view, eat some tremoços or some caracóis. Ameijoas à bulhão pato are also very good :)


Lately, we have seen the growth of home-brew beer. Some are becoming quite famous because they are quite good. 


Here you have a list of portuguese home-brew beers and their location:


http://cervejaartesanalportuguesa.pt/cervejas/


We went to Dois Corvos and to try some. There are several beers from what you can choose, just say them what taste do you prefer and they will provide you the beer that best suits your taste.

Through the streets of Alfama


Loureiro's Street (Direct translation: Street of the Laurel Tree - Rua do Loureiro, Alfama, Lisbon)


Here you can find genuine people of Alfama!

Have a beer or a meal in Tasca do Alfredo (the food takes a little bit to come to the table and isn't nothing special but you will get to know typical food and people!)

Tasca do Alfredo (Something like Alfredo's Chophouse)
As you can see, it's not expensive and inside, the painting of a tram, it's just wonderful

If you have time, just walk the streets of Alfama. Talk to the people.

Ok, most are elderly and don't speak english, but portuguese people just love tourists and will make an effort to talk to you and help you in anything you need.

In return, they will love to hear you say thank you in portuguese:  

Obrigado (if you're a man) or Obrigada (if you're a woman)



Vigário's Street (Vicar's Street - Rua do Vigário)
If you come to Lisbon near the 13th of June, you will find this city completely ornate.
All because of Saint Antonio...but that's for another post :)


Travessa de São Miguel
 In english, this would be called something like Saint Michael's Bystreet or Saint Michael's Lane.
Or... Saint Michael's Platter.
"Travessa", in Portuguese, has both meanings, but to use in this case is just stupid.


 There's also a restaurant called "A Muralha" which has very good food and wine and it's not expensive. But I don't have pictures of it... Let me go back there and take some to show you a good place to eat :)



25 de agosto de 2016


Alfama



The Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major or Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa, Igreja de Santa Maria Maior)


The oldest district of Lisbon.

In one of the seven hills - St. Vincent Hill (Colina de São Vicente)

Just take one of the yellow trams and discover the city.

It's tradition coming to Lisbon and taking the tram 28.

This tram goes from Martim Moniz and it ends in Campo de Ourique, in Cemitério dos Prazeres (in english, this would be translated as the Cemetery of Pleasures...)

If you buy the ticket inside the tram it's 2,85€, one ride. But if you're traveling a lot in Lisbon, using tram or bus (Carris), we would recommend you to buy the one-day ticket.

It's 6€ and it has endless use for 24h.



Alfama, a view from Tejo river

Alfama and Tejo are in love. They are perfect together.


Saint Luzia Viewpoint, in Alfama (Miradouro de Santa Luzia)

Gates to the Sun Viewpoint (Miradouro das Portas do Sol) - Lisbon’s best viewpoint overlooking Alfama, the Tejo river, and the passing trams.



Lisboa, ಲಿಸ್ಬನ್, Lisbon, ሊዝበን, Lisbonne, লিসবন, Lissabon, 里斯本,Lisabon, Лиссабоны, Lizbona, लिस्बन, Lisbono, Лиссабон, Lissaboni, Lisszabon, Olisippo, Olissipo, Olissipona.

لشبونة
  





Capital of Portugal  

Now you know where this is.


City of Seven Hills: São Jorge, São Vicente, São Roque, Santo André, Santa Catarina, Chagas and Sant'Ana

(17th century, in Livro das Grandezas de Lisboa - Frei Nicolau de Oliveira)

 


Lisboa menina e moça, menina 
 _ ahh, Carlos do Carmo! _
(you must listen to this song)




City of light! 

(Paris? Pleaaase, nope! Come to Lisbon and find out the most beautiful daylight you have ever seen)


 In fact, it's also beautiful by night...









Portugal,


Ah, this beautiful country in the westernmost point of Europe.  

No, we do not belong to Spain. No, there aren't any brazilians here and we are really bad at samba.

Yes, Cristiano Ronaldo is from this country but... from Madeira, a portuguese island near the mainland.

Now that we have clarified these misconceptions we are ready to show you the real Portugal with its unique characteristics.

We love visitors, tourists, travelers, rubbernecks, voyagers, wanderers, riders, pilgrims, wayfarers or simply curious people.

That's why this blog is written in english. So that can be read and understood by everyone.(Ok, ok, almost everyone) 

Sometimes you may find some mistakes or expressions that they just don't sound right. That happens because we aren't natives in english. We are just trying to communicate with the world and in portuguese would be more difficult for you, we think.

So if you find something that it's not right, please do help us and let us know.
  
We do appreciate!

Nevertheless, now you know two words in portuguese, which you write the same way, have the same meaning and you almost say them in the same way: 

Banana and Chocolate



Welcome :)