Hotels.tv/lisbon interviews Milton Nascimento

In the spirit of the Lisbon Festivities (Festas de Lisboa) 2012, Hotels.tv/Lisbon interviewed Milton Nascimento at the Heritage Avenida Hotel’s library. Milton is playing tomorrow, June 30th, together with Carminho, Ana Moura and António Zambujo in an ensemble of Brazilian music and Fado.

 

Milton is coming to Lisbon ever since he first made his trip to Europe in the 70’s.  Even though he knows this city so well, he says that he still finds something new to see, enjoy or experience here, especially when it comes to food (he loves Portuguese restaurants and in particularly Pasteis de Belém (world famous, century old secret recipe of pastry from Belém).

For his vast knowledge of this city, Milton is now the chaperon of his musicians when they come to Lisbon and he gets the highest kick by taking strolls, interacting with the people and taking the train – along the sea – to Cascais or to Sintra, as well as one of the many trams (elevadores and eléctricos) that take you from downtown to one of the hills filled with history.

Yet, it is in a room with a view that he gets inspired for his songs while in Lisbon. This is the best treat he finds in any of the Hotels he has stayed in, and he already stayed twice at the Heritage Avenida Hotel (also because of its proximity to downtown, Coliseu dos Recreios concert hall and other Theater houses and high street shopping Avenue – one of the most luxurious in the world for the International Brand houses it represents).

On June 30th, Milton Nascimento will sing at the closing of the Lisbon Festivities (Festas de Lisboa), Ponta de Areia among other hits, at 22:00 at the Alameda D. Afonso Henriques.

Why don’t you also come to Lisbon and discover the many secrets, charms and enchantments of the 5 senses that this city has to offer? Call your local expert hotel booking at +351.93 43 16078 or write to Lisbon@hotels.tv now. Guaranteed the best hotel for your tailored to your desired location, needs and budget, whether you travel alone, with family, in group, either for business or leisure.

Sónia, your local hotels.tv expert

 

Lisbon special for the weekend June 29th – July 1st

So you missed St. António, the patron of Lisbon and Weddings, as well as the parade on June 12th… don’t worry, you can still enjoy Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon festivities) with this special for the weekend of June 29th to July 1st.

We propose that you visit the city, stroll around Lisbon’s most characteristic neighborhoods, eat fresh sardines under the stars at the sound of local popular music and still dive in the ocean, on a 30 minutes train ride from the city to chill from this fantastic summer weather. In the meantime don’t miss:

June 29th

  • 18:00 Jazz, in the tram, “Ascensor da Bica”
  • Jigging hick (“Bailarico Saloio”), on the streets 19:00-20:30 at Escadinha da Bica Grande (after taking the tram, “Ascensor da Bica,” up)
  • Have dinner under the stars and go for Caldo Verde, Sardines and Chouriço grilled

 

June 30th

  • Catch some theatre at the local, traditional shops, 11:30/ 12:00/12:30, where actors & actresses, dressed for the part, sell like old times at some of the most characteristic shops: Hospital das Bonecas, Manteigaria Silva, Tricots Brancal, Drogaria e perfumaria S. Pereira Leão

 

 

  • At 16:00 take the Omnibus 36, Cais do Sodré – Campo Grande. There young artists will transform your image. They are Confraria do Imaginário. They feverish admires of Da Vinci, Wells, Einstein and Orwell, among others, and they will call for your imagination revealing curiosities and playing games.
  • At 21:30, join the Aqueduto de Vozes Livres and go for a walk, between Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara and Reservatório da Patriacal, in this historic underground tunnel that crosses Lisbon and carries water, to find out the harmony of voices along this magical (almost temple like) location that resists to time.
  • 22:00 the closing of the festivities with a live concert, celebrating the popular Brazilian music and Fado (Património Cultural Imaterial da Humanidade, Nov 2011, UNESCO = Immaterial Humanity Cultural Heritage) with Milton Nascimento, Carminho, Ana Moura and António Zambujo with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra).

July 1st

  • Go to the beach, taking the train that rides just by the water, to Praia de Carcavelos
  • On the way back stop at Belém, visit the monuments and museums, but don’t leave before getting one of the most famous pastries in the world, Pastéis de Belém, from the Pastéis de Belém café. My suggestion: get it and eat it in there, while hot, instead of standing in like to take them to go.
  • take the tram, nr 28, and visit the old part of town, go to the Castelo de S. Jorge (St. Jorge Castle), purchase your ticket to see the history of Lisbon projected on the walls of this majestic castle

Don’t wait any more and call me at +351.93.43.16078 or email me at Lisbon@hotels.tv, today, to get you the reservation for the hotel that matches your needs and budget.

Sónia, your local hotels.tv expert

Lisbon revived with the Football match UEFA Euro 2012

I am not a football (soccer) aficionado but when Portugal was qualified for the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-final and Ronaldo’s spell was finally broken with 2 magical goals I felt an emotion hard to describe.

This is Portugal at its best and this is why I am so passionate about this country and, in particular, about Lisbon (Lisboa). It´s Fado* (latim Fatum = destiny). And it’s the enchantment of this colorful people. One can find nearly a bit of every piece of the world in this country: desert, mountain, city, sea, hot sunny weather and snow… you name it.

The food, and forgive me for being biased, is the best (fresh fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, all the best from a Mediterranean diet with the taste to cry for more).

The best football trainer: the special one Mourinho. The best soccer player, CR7… The 1998 Nobel prize literature was awarded to José Saramago… and the list is endless! No wonder that Lisbon and its surroundings (Cascais, Sintra, Estoril, Sesimbra, Eiriceira, Mafra, Fátima, Torres Vedras, just to mention a few) is so special and it’s a favorite for worldly renowned events such as Rock-in-Rio, Volvo Ocean Race, Harley-Davidson European H.O.G. Rally, Estoril Open, Estoril Jazz Festival.

Yet, to really experience this city one also has to look out for the local cultural and entertaining activities: the Lisbon festivities (“Festas de Lisboa”)! These are the highlight for the month of June, it celebrates the 7 hills where this city was built on. It celebrates St. Antonio, the patron saint of the city and the patron saint of weddings. It celebrates the food, mainly the sardine grilled eaten with salad or bread as well as caldo-verde (a delicious soup made of kale) and grilled chouriço (chorizo, in Spanish, although the recipe is different), at the sound of live popular bands, under the stars.

Come for golf, come for the beach, come for shopping, tourism or business, I’ll get you best place to stay to meet your preferences, the purpose of your trip and budget. Whether you need a venue for a product launch, a wedding, a sales force event, a tournament, a rock concert, a reunion, a conference or whatever you imagine or need, I am the local expert to find you the best, personalized (and if needed private) booking system and rates, for individuals and groups!

Want to find out more, write to me at Lisbon@hotels.tv. I will find you the best stay to experience this true vibrant city. For more on Lisbon, check the Lisbon Blog regularly.