"Miradouros" in Lisbon
Once I was said you can either love or hate Lisbon. Fortunately, if it is true, I am among those people who LOVED it since the first moment I got in touch with it. If you have loved Lisbon, you will adore Istanbul as well.
Erasmus experiences in Lisbon must be marvellous. Every "miraduoro" (= view point) in Lisbon at sunset is wonderful, my fauvorite one was St. Luzia (Alfama, Electrico 28)
You must buy one of the famous...
You must buy one of the famous rooster home as souvenier. It is the Barcelos rooster. We bought ours from a yellow coloured souvenier shop in Belem, near the huge church. (there is a very famous pattiserie shop near the souvenier shop.) The rooster is the emblem of Portugal. If you have seen the worldwide famous Nandos chicken chainshop emblem - it is just that one.
The rooster is produced in many colours. Placed in the kitchen it is supposed to bring good luck. Story had it that a man was brought to court to face something he did not do, and he said to the judge that if the cock crows, he is innocent...and so did the cock crow and the man was set free!!!
The Vasco da Gama Tower is one...
The Vasco da Gama Tower is one of the three 'Vasco da Gama' attractions in Lisbon (the other two are the Vasco da Gama bridge, and the other one the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center, which are all located in the same area). This tower has an elevator which provides great views of the area.
If one sunday morning you see an old taxi car waiting in a corner od Praça do Comercio, it's not a movie set!
"The taxi is an historic "character" of the city of Lisboa. It even starred in a film in which its driver at the time, Augusto Macedo, won, at the age of 93, the award for best amateur actor in the 1996 edition of the Pescara Festival.
The car is an Oldsmobile Convertible, model XT 303, made in 1928 by General Motors. Of this series only three vehicles came to Europe and the two others don't exist anymore.
The engine and most of its parts are still the original, with exception of the tires, which were exchanged by those of an even older Chandler, of 1923. The car, with an open body, has a 6-cylinder engine, with 2745 cm3 of piston displacement and 11 horses of power.
Without ever having suffered a single accident, the old AB-61-88 (this is the plate number) outlived his owner, who died in January 1997, exactly on the day when the film he had participated in for the German director Wolf Gaudlitz premiered in three Lisboa cinemas. In that year, the same year that his driver's licence expired, Augusto Macedo was the oldest still active taxi driver of the world.
Gaudlitz's film, entitled Táxi Lisboa, does not follow a strict script exactly; instead, it tells stories and meetings with friends from the four corners of the world, with whom Augusto Macedo and his Oldsmobile socialized.
In this film, referring to both the taxi's and its driver's age, Virgilio Ferreira, the Portuguese writer, would say, playing with the letters of the car's licence plate: "I don't know which is older. The AB in the plate must stand for Before Babilon ..." (in port. "Antes de Babilónia).
Augusto Macedo, born in a small village in the centre of the country, came to Lisboa in 1916 to start working, at the age of 12, in a bakery where his elder brother was a partner. At the age of 24, with borrowed money, he bought the car which would never abandon him and to which he dedicated his whole life.
He could not imagine exchanging it for another, and so he angrily refused a proposal made by General Motors in the 60's, offering him a new car in exchange for the old AB, which would then become a part of the company's collection.
At the wheel of his Oldsmobile, Augusto Macedo made over 2 million kilometres through the streets of Lisboa and along the Cascais and Sintra roads. He built for himself a loyal set of customers, both national and foreign, with whom he maintained strong ties of friendship. At one point he transported three generations of the same family. His foreign customers made reservations for the trips long before coming to Lisboa.
In 1998, the Associaçáo Turismo de Lisboa bought the old taxi "Before Babylon", ensuring its preservation in the city and its use for tourism promotion. " (Taken from a leaflet of the Associaçáo Turismo de Lisboa)
Considered one of Portugal's staple foods, Caldo Verde is one of the most typical soups you'll find all over the country. Simply made from thinly sliced kale (a dark cabbage called "couve galega" in Portugal, kind of like collard greens), potatoes, onions, and garlic, a few slices of choriço (sausage) are added for a last touch.
The yellow and green colored soup is good for lunch, or as a starter for dinner.
Considered a food of the poor peasant's, it is commonly served with just bread on the side. Who cares of its affiliation; it's delicious and cheap. That's all I care about!