Lisbon

Cutting edge street art in Lisbon

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A city with narrow cobbled streets and magnificent but derelict buildings is what you would normally think of when hearing about Lisbon, but the Portuguese capital is gradually turning into a huge gallery for innovative street art. On my way to downtown Baixa last year, I passed by something that surprised me, huge cranes were standing next to a block of onc[...]

Liquor favorites in Lisbon

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Whether you go to Brazil, Russia, France or Portugal, all countries have their own drinking culture and delicious drinks that brings you one step closer to the national culture. If you read the Travelettes bio, you already know about my weakness for a good ol' Brazilian Caipirinha, but I'm no stranger to wine or liquor either. Having spent quite some time in[...]

Music and beach life - Super Rock Super Bock Festival

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As the summer is getting closer, so is the festival period. With so many great festival around Europe, festival passes and plane tickets must be booked soon. This is how my summer started out last year: Take a few of my favorite bands, a beautiful beach, a handful of good friends and cold beer - and you have the perfect festival experience. A weekend of musi[...]

Lisbon, my city of “saudades” or nostalgic longing

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The Portuguese have their own word for expressing the feeling of nostalgic longing for someone or something that one adores and now is lost. They call it “saudades”. This is the feeling that fills me sometimes when I think about places I adore, people I love and experiences I never know if I will see or feel again. New friends, a boyfriend or a crush, new[...]

Santo António: When Lisbon turns upside down

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When I first saw the decorations for Santo António, one of Lisbon's national holidays, my first reaction was that it looks like a German Christmas market, the whole city is filled with lights, decorations and food stands. My Portuguese friends were talking about this day for months, so it had quite a reputation to live up to. The inhabitants of the differ[...]

Portuguese temptations: Cakes in Lisbon

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Dear Travelettes, Let me make a confession: Since I arrived in Lisbon I’ve eaten a cake, or some kind of traditional sweet, every day. That is more than 100 cakes the last few months, something that should make me quite a cake-expert (although it’s not the best preparation for the bikini season). When that is said, I read somewhere if you leave Portugal w[...]

Mini-break by bike: Lisbon - the Alentejo coast

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What do you do when you have about 30 euros (and a week until you get your next salary), 3 days off and a strong urge to travel? I was complaining to a good friend about this, and got this e-mail back: be ready at 7AM tomorrow, have about 10 euros ready, your bicycle and two changes of clothes. The morning after we were ready for 3 days of pedaling in Por[...]

Lisbon: The thieves market

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Feira da Ladra, or thieves market in English, is the oldest and biggest flea market in Lisbon. This is the place to go to recover your stolen mobile, practice your bargain skills or find some incredibly cheap vintage clothes. My greatest scoop was a 70s leather jacket for 10 euros. Since I normally live in Berlin, I’m used to a great selection of flea mar[...]

Lisbon: Sunday brunch

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Eat breakfast like a king queen, lunch like a prince princess, and dinner like a pauper it is said. Even though the brunch is left out, it's my favourite meal – especially together with good friends or a magazine, sun and of course sunglasses to cover up the hangover from last night and to stare at people without getting noticed.. I’ve already found two g[...]

Retro shopping in Lisbon pt.1: A Vida Portuguesa

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I have a big fascination of everything that is retrocool. ”A vida portuguesa” means The Portuguese Life and this store is the definition of Portuguese retrocoolness aka my dreamstore for postcards, notebooks and weird remakes of old products. If you're looking for a Portuguese ”70s-remake-of-bonnie-and-clyde-poscard” this is the place to get it. This is a[...]