18/February, 2016 por Loreak Mendian
A view of Lisbon
It seems like it was just yesterday, but it’s already been 365 days since the last time we sent a couple of Modernistas out to explore (part of) the world. And believe it or not, we were looking forward to this moment, to send two of our most loyal followers out once again to some place where we’d like to go. Well, in 2016, that place is Lisbon.
The city of fados, Belem pastries, trams, Pessoa and other less typical things. Narrow streets filled with shops, which are in turn filled with things, raised cobblestones, clothes hung out to dry, iron architecture, the Tagus (or as they call it, the Tejo) River.
It might not be a trip to a paradise island in the Caribbean, but there are still many interesting corners to discover, both in Lisbon itself and in the surrounding area. Towns such as Sintra (nothing less than a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with its castles and many small palaces, or kilometer-long beaches, such as the white-sand Cascais beach.
Cascais, the cliffs known as La boca del Infierno (Hellmouth)
The trip consists of spending 7 days in the country’s capital, doing whatever you like or following a route based on certain little recommendations and invitations that we will offer. We provide more details about this route on Instagram, but for now we can tell you that 2 winners will stay at our beloved Baixa House, a place we couldn’t feel prouder of, where we’d live if we could. With rooms where attention has been paid to every last detail, including breakfasts based on top-quality fresh products, with a presentation that goes beyond beautiful.
Mythical places around the city that are not to be missed include the shopA Vida Portuguesa, which sells traditional items and textiles (it has another shop in nearby Porto); if for nothing else, the area and its charm make it worthy of a visit.
For a great place to eat, we’ve arranged to visit the Trindade Brewery, with its pretty patio-like area, which makes the food taste even better.
The monument that continues to astound us every time we see it is the Santa Justa Elevator, the construction of which finished in 1902. It reminds us of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, although it seems that there was no relation between the two designers. Built entirely from iron and with a height of 45 meters, it serves the purpose of connecting the neighborhood of Chiado above with Baixa Pombalina. It’s worth going up for the views of the city down below. There are other elevators in the city, such as the one in Bica, but these are funiculars, which have their own charm, but are completely different.
On another note, someone who has made a name in the architecture of this country is Álvaro Siza. If you’re in Porto, be sure to visit the Da Boa Nova Restaurant and the pools at Leça de Palmeira. In Lisbon, you can see the pavilion he designed to represent Portugal at the Lisbon World Exposition 1998.
Something we still love and that inspires many of the graphics we use on our prints, etc. are the designs found on the pavement of their squares; they are two-tone, usually in black and white, and create almost hypnotic shapes.
Well, little by little, we’ll tell you more. We’re not going to reveal all the secrets on the first day, after all! To find out the names of the lucky people who are taking this trip, visit our Facebook page. Remember that to be eligible for this and much more, such as terrific special offers and exclusive gifts, you can become a Modernista at any of our Loreak Mendian shops and our online store (those who are already members highly recommend it).
Until next time!