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... outline of the continents offered a graphic portrayal of the progression, showing how mariners sailed east to avoid the worst of the currents around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Diaz accomplished the feat in 1488, then Vasco de Gama arrived in India in 1498.
The floor map also helped explained why Brazil speaks Portuguese while the rest of South America largely speaks Spanish. ...
... Fado music in the background (for sale, of course) and beautiful tiles, pottery etc. We found 2 "tiled" espresso cup and saucers we liked and made our first purchase. YEAH!! We asked before purchasing if they were made in Portugal. There is a mark and script on the back…but who knows for sure? I hope they aren’t from China!!!
We finally made it to the “town square” – there are so very many – ...
... Salazar had "3 Fs" that he thought described the Portuguese people: fado, futbol, and Fatima. After the dictatorship was overthrown, the new prime minister gave Portugal “4 Es”: education, equality, employment, and the economy.
One of Salazar's Fs still exists today. Fado music is still enjoyed by the Portuguese. Fado is described by Barry Hatton in The Portuguese: A Modern History as a type of music that “narrates life through ...
... which is housed in an old convent and has a fantastic selection of all the beautiful tiles you see decorating the buildings here from across the centuries. The last room had a long tiled panorama of Lisbon city before the 1755 earthquake. After resting up at the apartment this evening, tonight we headed out for Fado (the local singing and guitar) in the cobble stoned old Almafa area. Paulo recommended a couple of places, which as it happened, also corresponded to ...
Then we decided to take the number 28 tram to Castelo de St. George. Trams are cute and quaint only in imagination and on the outside. In reality, it is loud, rocky, and really really slow. The interior was of wood and it constantly creaked. I was so scared it was going to
break. It didn’t help that the tram was incredibly packed most of the way there. Which reminds me, Lisbon is very much of a tourist city. I heard a lot ...