Kitsch Hostel

Praca dos Restauradores 65, 20 Esq., Lisbon, 1250-188, Portugal

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    So Kitsch!

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    This new and colorful hostel in the centre of Lisbon was another surprise for me.

    I paid €14/night in 12 Bed Mixed Dorm with breakfast included.

    Unique Quality: Another very nice and extraordinary hostel in Lisbon. Tke Kitsch Hostel it the twin hostel of Black & White hostel. As its name tells, Kitsch Hostel is so kitsch but I guess that's what gives it its charm. It's in the centre of Lisbon and completely new, another good reasons to check it out.

    Directions: Restauradores >> The enterance of the building is inside the souvenir shop, next door to Bank Santander Totta.

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Photography allowed in the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem?

by kimsi

Photography allowed in the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem? How about flash or tripods? Is photography allowed in other grand places around Portugal, like Tomar?

Re: Photography allowed in the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem?

by Ekaterinburg

Just saw this question as I logged on and it's made me smile.

Don't know if you know that there was a mega VT meet in Lisbon earlier this year but judging by the amount of photos taken in Belem by VTrs, I'd say that photography is definitely allowed.

Re: Photography allowed in the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem?

by leics

Yes, it is allowed, as noted above, although it may not be allowed in the museum part of the monastery.

I'm pretty sure I saw a notice about tripods not being allowed, though I may be wrong.

Other places will have other rules, so you will have to check individually when you visit (or before, if the place has its own website).

Flash is often banned because it can do great harm to frescoes, fabrics, paintings and so on. People who ignore such rules are, imo, both selfish and inconsiderate so I am pleased you have asked in advance.

Re: Photography allowed in the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem?

by johnmperry

... and because it does great harm to postcard sales too.

Re: Photography allowed in the Tomar's Convento?

by kimsi

Thanks! I'd contacted a tour company who told me none of the places allowed photography without special written permission first wanting to know how many in the group are journalists (none) and what the purpose of the photos will be used for...

Still wondering about Tomar's Convento. Can't seem to find a website or ANY info about photography. Will be leading a photography group there so I kinda need to know!!

Re: Photography allowed in the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem?

by leics

Aha,......you did not mention that you were in a photography group.

That is different.

Many places may well require you to get permission first, so your tour agency is not leading you astray. It's not at all the same as taking photos as an individual.

You will have to do some research and contact each place by email, I think. Including Jeronimos. There is an email link for the monastery, in English, here (top right):

http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/english/web_mosteiro_jeronimos/frameset.html

You can contact the Tomar tourist office on turismo.tomar@sapo.pt They should be able to help you.

Travel Tips for Lisbon

Visit the Bairro Alto section...

by jafonso

Visit the Bairro Alto section (great little restaurants), visit St. George Castle, visit the ALfama section (the oldest section of Lisbon, which has excellent family-run restaurants). Great nightlife

Arco do Bandeira

by pieter_jan_v

Quoting the local tourist info from the sign at the Arco do Bandeira gate:

Linking the Rossio and the Rua dos Sapateiros, the Arco do Bandeira was built in the late 18th century, according to a design by Manuel Reinando dos Santos. Financed by Pires Bandeira, from whom it reveived its name, the Arch was intended as a copy of another one excisting across the square, where nowadays the Teatro Nacional is located. With its ornamental motives, it is considered one of the finest pieces of Pombaline architecture.

Mercado da Ribeira (Ribeira market)

by a2lopes

Mercado da Ribeira is a unique domed building with tile (azulejos) panels is an emblematic building in Lisbon and a rare example of iron based architecture still preserved today. The other big market downtown Lisbon (also in iron and glass works) was in Praça da Figueira but it was demolished in the late 1940’s and gave place to an open space where later on the 1970’s a bronze equestrian statue of King João I was added. The Mercado da Ribeira, inaugurated in 1882, has kept is original lines and still serves as one of the Lisbon main markets for fresh fish, meat, vegetables, flowers, etc. In the beginning of the 21st century the upper floor has been converted to a different “market” -now we have painting galleries, a place for book fairs and other events of this sort. We can also find a good restaurant (soups, hot meals, salads, all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch, and “à la carte” at dinners), a coffee-bar, and shops selling wines and handicrafts from all over Lisbon region. Also popular amongst the seniors are the “dancing afternoons” all year round and the collectors fair, on Sundays morning.

This area (Cais do Sodré) was always known by its bars (some with prostitution -remember this was the place of the arsenal and the main docs... and every sailor has its needs). Presently the all area -Avenida 24 de Julho, Santos district and Alcântara district (Docas)- houses an eclectic mixture of discos and bars quite popular among the youngsters (they prepare all sorts of alcoholic shots) with a more eclectic mixture of music genres -from fado to techno, electro, hip hop, ethnic, and all sorts of trendy music.

Along with that and inside the Market we still have the once very famous “Cacau da Ribeira” (Ribeira’s cocoa) intended to “warm up” the stallholders and market vendors (waking up quite earlier in the morning) but mostly known by all the bohemian Lisbonners during my young years (not necessarily by the quality of the hot chocolate). This was the meeting point for thousands of teenagers after a night at the disco and bars in Lisbon and before heading to sleep.

The Market stands in front to the %L[http:// www.cp.pt]Cais do Sodré railway station (Cascais line), and the area is served by several city bus lines, a metro line, and boats coming from the other shore of the river. A promenade along the river (close to the docs and the train station area) in the Passeio Ribeirinho (riverside walks) is very pleasant.

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Phone: 213244980
Market: from 5am – 2pm
Restaurant: 12 – 3:30pm and (Tue – Sat) 12 – 2 am
Avenida 24 de Julho

Manueline Architecture

by pure1942

You won’t be in Lisbon for long before you hear references to Manueline Architecture and see examples for yourself. This architecture came into style during the reign of Manuel I and is recognised by extravagant use of knotted and twisted rope motifs carved from stone, maritime influences, elaborate relief carving, twisted stone pillars and Gothic and Moorish touches. Important reoccurring motifs include the armillary sphere (symbol of Manuel I himself) and the Cross of the Order of Christ.
Some of the best places to witness this architectural style include the portal of the church of Conceicao Velha, Torre de Belem, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Sintra.

Bullfighting

by ncfg

The Campo Pequeno Bullring had reopen (16th May 2006) to the public after having remained six years closed for works of recovery due to the lack of safety conditions at the 19th-century building.

The bullring has been completely restored, renewed and enlarged to include a commercial gallery, restaurants, a supermarket, car-park and cinemas.

Another innovation is the possibility of transforming the bullring into a space for shows, such as opera, theatre or music concerts, thanks to a removable glass cover. The promoters want it to become the «main entertainment house of Lisbon»: it is prepared to receive 7 000 spectators during bullfights, a number that may be increased to 10,000 when a platform is set on the arena.

A commercial gallery was constructed under the bullring, including 60 shops, a large area for restaurants, a supermarket and eight cinemas. The Campo Pequeno Leisure Centre also includes an underground park for 1,250 cars and, on the ground level, eight restaurants with esplanades and gardens with fountains and water effects.

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