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Pap’Açorda

Pap’Açorda

Lisbon, Portugal

Leave behind the covered market in Placa da Ribeira and its chaos, go up to the first floor, and sit at one of the tables embraced by the light of a Lisbon sunset. For once, you do not have to open the menu: you can trust the tips of the staff, welcoming you with bowls of olives, fritters, mouthwatering bread, olive oil and smiles. Pap’Açorda is the second life of a historic restaurant in Barrio Alto. Save room for the chocolate mousse (cit.)

The Independente Suites and Terrace

The Independente Suites and Terrace

Lisbon, Portugal

Wherever I arrive from, Lisbon always greets me with a sort of elective affinity. Even today, when I put my luggage down in front of the tourists crowded in Jardim de S. Pédro de Alcantara, while I check in through a vivid red door, or while I get to the second floor in a casket decorated in toile de jouy (the most ancient lift in the city). Aristocratic furniture and a quirky atmosphere characterize my suite. In another age and in another life I would have stopped here to start writing about my life.

Lisbon Story

Lisbon Story

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is: white churches, steep steps, chipped colourful tiles, tropical gardens and fruit, the smell of cream and cinnamon, terraces over the Tago, generous portions of bacalhau with onions and potatoes, delicate people, sunlight, small yellow trams, daring taxi drivers, the sound of bells, homemade lemonade and the smell of fresh laundry…

BAIXA HOUSE

BAIXA HOUSE

Lisbon, Portugal

From the airport it’s only a short ride to the Baixa district, downtown Lisbon. Along the orthogonal streets of the neighbourhood are vintage hat shops, pastelerias (patisseries) and small yellow trams. You can smell the ocean and hear the sound of the cathedral’s bells in the background. We stop in front of a shiny green door and look up to see this VIII century building all covered in blue azulejos. The Baixa House entrance hall is fresh and dominated by a wooden spiral staircase that goes up five floors interrupted only by white landings and multicolour windows. Our apartment, 4b Campo Grande, is inundated by the day light. The whole white rooms are warmed up by the light brown wooden floor and the pops of colour: industrial lamps, fresh flowers, the folk patterns of cushions, artisanal rugs and ceramics. The apartment overlooks the derelict roofs of the neighbourhood and the blue sky over Lisbon…

The Independente

The Independente

Lisbon, Portugal

Bunk beds that make you nostalgic of summer camps and suites with views on the Tagus River that would seduce poets and romantics. The Independente is the great invention of three brothers from Lisbon, globetrotters and visionary.

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