The original silk on the walls tells us this room was not restored yet. Replicas of the different delicate fabrics covering the walls of every room are being made on purpose to replace the old ones. This explains why the restoration of this palace is going on for years and costs a fortune, but it's worth it, of course.
The crochet covered ceramic lizards are a Joana Vasconcelos' creation and were part of her exhibition at the palace.
Francisco Simões' sculpture at Poets' Park, Oeiras
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919–2004) was an award-winning Portuguese poet and writer (she inherited the surname 'Andresen' from her Danish grandfather). Sophia translated Dante, Shakespeare or Euripides to Portuguese and Luís de Camões or Fernando Pessoa to French.
Her body will be removed to the National Pantheon today, ten years after her death.
José Dias Coelho was an anti-fascist Portuguese painter and sculptor who was killed by Salazar's political police (PIDE) in 1961. This replica of one of his works can be seen on a wall at Alcântara, Lisbon.
This post is linked to Monday Mural
This 18th century palace facing the Tagus Estuary mouth at Paço de Arcos is an accurate replica of the original building which dated back to the late 15th century, from whose balcony King Manuel I watched the Vasco da Gama's caravell fleet leave on the first journey to India in 1497.
The building has recently been under restoration and it's transformed into a luxury hotel now. Of course I'm glad the palace has been restored but check this post and tell me if it hasn't lost part of its charm.
One of Portugal’s most popular saints, Santo António (Saint Anthony of Padua), a Fransiscan friar, is Lisbon's patron. On June 13th's eve, the city turns into one big party, the craziest night of the year.
The night is filled with parades, live music, dancing and eating on the streets: grilled sardines, pepper salad, red wine and sangria (lots of wine and sangria!) are a must. The places to go are the city's poor neighbourhoods, especially the centuries old district of Alfama. Thousands of people, dance, sing and shout, going up and down the labyrinthic streets until dawn.
The national flag is everywhere, meaning the Soccer World Cup madness is set up. You can even see a Portuguese Team scarf hanging between the balconies. Portugal has its first game (vs. Germany) next Monday.