Alfama, our neighborhood in Lisbon

Alfama, our neighborhood in Lisbon

We lived one week on December 2014 in Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon. It was a charming borrowed time in Alfama. It has many historical attractions, churches and Fado bars. Alfama is a maze of narrow cobbled alleys with buildings covered with azulejos....
Spirit of Ginjinha

Spirit of Ginjinha

Ginjinha is a typical Portuguese drink. Our friend Pedro introduced it to us.  It’s a mixture of ginja, or sour cherries, and alcohol. I don’t like drinking it as it is. I prefer to drink it the way people in Óbidos, Portugal, do. That is, drinking it in a...
Funiculars of Lisbon

Funiculars of Lisbon

The funicular system of Lisbon consists of four elevators. We rode two of them: the Gloria funicular and Santa Justa Lift.  Gloria funicular is very much like riding a tram, but the descent or ascent goes diagonally. It is also as crowded as a tram. Santa Justa...
Accessible art in Lisbon

Accessible art in Lisbon

I see art in many streets, if not all the streets, in Lisbon. Art is the beautiful tilework azulejo that covers building facades. Art is the colorful legal graffiti painted in backstreets. It is photographies permanently posted on apartment walls And if you look down...
Auto-da-fe at Rossio

Auto-da-fe at Rossio

Spain had its inquisition, and so did Portugal. Rossio square in Lisbon was one of the scenes for auto-da-fes. Inquisitions, which started in the 1500s, used to target former Jews who converted to Catholicism. Many of the victims in the Portuguese Inquisition were...
Where a taifa ruler once lived

Where a taifa ruler once lived

Sintra National Palace is another palace that I’ve visited that has islamic moorish roots. It’s beautiful inside. The boring white facade and two chimneys make it somehow easy to underestimate this medieval palace. We were hesitant to see inside. But...