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A history of Lisbon lies in its words
I recently discovered, via a Portuguese friend of mine, that the slang name for a resident of Lisbon is 'little lettuce'. The name comes from a previous time in Lisbon's history, when it was said to produce the nations best specimens of our round green friend. Next time you're in town, try shouting 'yo, alfacinha!' at a group of people and see what happens.
3 days in Lisbon: your local's guide
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s hard to overlook Portugal’s capital city as one of the best travel destinations in Europe – and one that's wildly underrated.
Alfama is where you'll find 19th-century Lisbon
With its stylish hills and slippery paving stones, Lisbon feels like an obstacle course at times – and the area of Alfama is the most difficult to navigate.
Lisbon can be an uplifting place
“Lisbon is a city of timid geometry – hills, sharp corners and a swelling river offering reflections and a chaotic range of colors, depending on the days and the tides. A body to explore without haste,” writes José Cardoso Pires in “Lisbon, A Journal”. Nicely put, but our time is limited – we have only until Sunday.
There's much to love about Lisbon at night
The “long side” of the river Tagus, covering the city's historic Alfama area, is the place to be for a Saturday night out in Lisbon.
Enjoying songs of sadness in Lisbon
Emerging in Lisbon’s 18th century working class districts, fado, which means “fate” in Portuguese, consists of soulful, angst-ridden chants. As the famous fadista Amalia Rodrigues once said, “I don’t sing fado. It sings me.”
“Slow songs, gentle decay, great beauty.”
Hello Lisbon, a city whose history stretches back farther than that of London, Paris, or even Rome. Lisbon has gone from quaint backwater to one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals and this renaissance has brought it alive with fashion shows, romantic restaurants and fancy nightclubs. Its chaotic, rambling but historic streets are filled with “Slow songs, gentle decay, great beauty.”