Friday’s lunch… exquisite trad food from the Basque country, including 12-year-old Portuguese beef (look away now Sled!). I was invited a bit last minute, but I’m glad I went because I met some very interesting people and basically had a great time. This was part of a promotion by Sagardi, who have just opened a bar and restaurant in the new Hotel Palacio Pinello. I’ll be back soon to check out the pintxos.
I am in love with Lisbon!
Some general impressions include: the wonderful pavements, the amazing ‘churrasco’ restaurants, custard tarts, films & television programmes shown in the original language with Portuguese subtitles, hardly any souvenir shops but lots of sunglass and hashish street hawkers, cream coloured Mercedes sedan taxis, the trams, the HILLS …
I found the best way to communicate was to start off by speaking Spanish. If the person knew English they would automatically switch to that, if not it turned out quite easy to converse using Spanish and Portuguese. I picked up a few phrases while I was there and noticed that people quite liked it when I made an attempt at speaking their language.
The Lisbon photo albums are mostly up and somewhat organised, but still haven’t been properly edited and labelled.
And this is what we did . . .