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This Lisbon Home Has A Green Facade That “Breathes”

This Lisbon Home Has A Green Facade That “Breathes” | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Sustainability in architecture reveals itself in many forms, some more subtle or hidden than others. It’s much more complicated an issue than just green lawning your building, but sometimes that’s just what you need to get your message across.

 

The House in Travessa do Patrocínio by RA\\ does just that. The narrow townhouse is situated in the center of Lisbon, in a neighborhood with little access to green spaces. To compensate for this, the architects draped the house with lush green facades that cover 100 square-meters of wall space.

The facades are integral components to the architecture, and are planted with approximately 4,500 plants sourced from 25 different local varieties, all of which require little maintenance. The result is a vertical garden that functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about.

Though small and humble in proportion,  the architects hope that the house is an “example of sustainability for the city of Lisbon,” a new urban model applicable at all scales of building.


Via Lauren Moss
Mary H Goudie's insight:

Just round the corner from my apartment in Campo de Ourique, one of this city's little inner residential villages! I check out the progress of the vertical plantation once in a while and wish I could have my apartment clad in the same. Come up & see it for yourselves - just grab a 28 or 25 antique tram, both pass right below my window. 

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:07 PM

The footprint of this home is relatively modest, the green statment it makes is bold and beautiful. The green wall the architects say functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about. Read on....

Brett Christie-Taylor's curator insight, March 24, 4:08 PM

A beautiful example of a home that is embracing sustainable engineering and something that we should all be trying to do.

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Lisbon is an old city, really old.

Lisbon is an old city, really old. | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

While in Lisbon, you can’t visit the city without enjoying many of the sights, sounds and tastes of Portugal. Lisbon is an old city, really old. Traces of neolithic settlements have been found in the area. The Castle of São Jorge in the center of the city was probably a Roman fortification built around 48 BCE. The castle as we see it today was built heavily renovated around 01300 CE, but had existed for hundreds of years. 

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Lisbon through the eyes of a visitor. 

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#Lisbon Tiles: Important Part of Portuguese Heritage

#Lisbon Tiles: Important Part of Portuguese Heritage | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Colorful floral patterns, important religious scenes, and bold, geometric shapes don the walls of many buildings in Lisbon. Whilst the subjects vary, the uniformed shape and size of the tiles, or Azulejos as they are locally known, remain the same, punctuating each home, restaurant, church, and shop with a splash of color and a dash of Portuguese heritage. 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Lisbon Tiles Galore. Take a look at the buildings near Sao Roque church, inside the you have the truncated pyramid style plus beautiful colored panels in the chapel of the Saint. A shot walk down will bring you to the oldest beer cellar in the city where the place is festooned with tile work inspired by masonic icons and the four seasons. Further down on your way to the ruined Carmo monastery an entire building facade is covered with golden tiles. In Lisbon these little ceramic colored squares are everywhere.

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Infographics; Top European Beaches to Visit

Infographics; Top European Beaches to Visit | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
So you need an escape to soak up the excursions of lethal days while walking bare-footed on sandy beaches. Pick the sand from the top-ten European beaches, TravelHouseUK has chosen for you and dwell where you want to.

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Lisbon is one of the only capital cities with fab sandy beaches on her doorstep. Enjoy you summer here with city, sun & sea.

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Lisbon’s beauty - a story in Tile

Lisbon’s beauty - a story in Tile | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Azulejos first came to Portugal in the 15th Century, when parts of the Iberian Peninsula were still under Moorish rule. Although many assume the word is a derivation of azul (Portuguese for “blue”), the word is Arabic in origin and comes from az-zulayj, which roughly translates as “polished stone”.

“Many other countries have tile art, where it is used as decoration like a tapestry,” said museum director Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos. “But in Portugal, it became a part of the building. The decorative tiles are a construction material as well as decoration."

Mary H Goudie's insight:

It's almost impossible not to see a tile clad building every couple of blocks in the center of Lisbon. Look up to see friezes of art nouveau floral touches or miriades of pattern from simple to intricate, monochrome to multi colored, but all worded in tile

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Sunny #Lisbon Right NOW

Sunny #Lisbon Right NOW | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
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Get your sunglasses on if you are out & about in #Lisbon today - enjoy. 

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Lisbon's wall to wall, heaven to earth blue skies.

Lisbon's wall to wall, heaven to earth blue skies. | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
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#Lisbon Spring is here, but it feels like Summer. Time to enjoy that other 7 hilled city on the river. Green parks, sandy beaches, cold wine & fabulous seafood what are you waiting for. Put yourself in this picture - you know you deserve it. 

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Sintra: Portugal’s delightful undiscovered hillside village

Sintra: Portugal’s delightful undiscovered hillside village | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

SINTRA, Portugal, “10 breathtaking towns in Europe you probably never heard of.” 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Sintra cannot be rushed and needs time for its little hidden secrets to reveal themselves. Its many Palaces & historic sites are like your children, all equally loved & so difficult to show favoritism to. My favorite of this year is the town's medieval National Palace replete with 16 century tiles & ghosts of discovery captains but then last years was the biggest party holiday pad of Monserrate. I happened there with a couple on tour while a trad jazz band played at the bottom of the lawn - it was like being in the Great Gatsby novel, magic! Then again there is the love nest of Mary II's husband Fernando where he looked up to the Pena from the bedroom of the Swiss cottage that he built for his second wife. So much to see so many stories to tell, you will have to visit again & again. Let me show you what's behind those mysterious windows in Sintra the next time you visit Lisbon.

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Lisbon, City of Light & Red Roofs

Lisbon, City of Light & Red Roofs | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

We wanted a unique travel experience, not just another "typical" tourist destination... and we found a very special place in #Lisbon Rooted in the past with time-weathered buildings and cobblestone streets, Lisbon is rich in charm and history. Lisbon faces the ocean, unusual for European cities, and is called "the City of the Seven Hills." .

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors & Christians everyone loves Lisbon however long they stay. Not only was Portugal's capital Europe's first attempt at urban planning but it was also the 1st city to be constructed using earthquake protection practices and prefabrication building techniques. Another engineering marvel is that the baixa rests on pitch pine posts, almost inconceivable as you enter the area from the river through Lisbon's triumphal arch one of the tallest in the world! Come visit soon and let me show you round the city there are so many more secrets to be discovered about my adopted home town - Mary the Scot on permanent loan to Lisbon.

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Lisbon Europe's coolest city 7 reasons Why

Lisbon Europe's coolest city 7 reasons Why | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Crazy nightlife stamina, masterful art and peerless custard tarts are a few reasons Lisbon ranks among Europe's coolest capitals.

Even Lisbon's walls demand attention, thanks to an obsession with azulejos (ceramic tiles).

Top examples are found at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (Rua da Madre de Deus 4, +351 218 100 340), while the peeling façades of the Alfama and Mouraria districts show dozens of variations.

Once known largely for bacalhau (dried cod), quaint old coffee houses and louche taverns, the Portuguese capital now claims a range of restaurants.

Seafood remains a staple, but the trend is for modern, sophisticated and affordable.

There's no getting bored wandering in Lisbon, thanks to the intricately patterned cobblestones under your feet -- a civic point of pride that blossomed after Lisbon's 1755 earthquake and continues today.

Lisbon is a place to inhale salty Atlantic air, sunbathe and hit the waves. 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Discover China in Portugal's tile work. Don't miss the temporary exhibiton at the Tile Museum, on until the end of June this year showing the influence that exotic China had on Portuguese  faience and tile work. 

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Shop til you Drop in Lisbon

Shop til you Drop in Lisbon | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Where to Shop? – Brilliant #Lisbon - unknown artists & shops to make most of original or vintage objects to buy & take home. 

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Candles to gloves #Lisbon will surprise you. 

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Lisbon Weekend, What & Where to Eat & Drink?

Lisbon Weekend,  What & Where to Eat & Drink? | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

“Ocean Capital of the Western World” Lisbon has a Southern European feel. Its young generation of artists & restaurateurs are taking back the Roman, Moorish, Medieval & 18th Century town making it into a little  boutique city by the ocean, where you can enjoy the best of the Portuguese Good Life!

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Great advert for  my adopted home city Lisbon on the Atlantic Seaboard. Why not eat your way round my town! 

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Lift me to the Stars high above Lisbon on Santa Justa Elevator

Lift me to the Stars high above Lisbon on Santa Justa Elevator | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

The Santa Justa Elevator gives your a 360 panorama of the Baixa from a very privileged viewpoint. You can see the Castelo São Jorge, Praça do Comércio, the river, and Rossio all from one great vantage point. 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Tip walk to the top viewing platfrom from the side of the Carmo Ruins & get all the view for free.

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Lisbon Through the Eye of the Lens

Lisbon Through the Eye of the Lens | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

A selection of my favourite examples of Lisbon photography from my time in the city, with images of Lisbon street life from a variety of angles. 

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I alway love to see how other people see us!

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Lisbon Vhils New Mural Portugal (Part II)

Lisbon Vhils New Mural Portugal (Part II) | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
While you discovered his newest piece in Portugal a few days ago (covered), Vhils is back at it with a brand new piece which was recently finished somewhere in Lisbon.
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Lisbon street art pops up in this city by the sea on the side of old buildings and unexpected corners of Portugal's capital. Go search for them the next time you visit. 

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Portugal Top Travel Destination Again

For the second consecutive year Portugal has been chosen as the best country in the world to visit by one of the world’s most prestigious travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveller.
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Lisbon takes the title of Europe’s Leading City Break Destination  AGAIN

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Pack for Lisbon 10 Pro Tips

Pack for Lisbon 10 Pro Tips | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
10 Packing Tips from the Pros
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Pack you weg or flat shoes for strolling those little cobbled streets of Lisbon, pretty they are to view but you need to be a resident to walk in those high heels. I takes at least a couple of month training leave it to the Lisbon local girls.

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Luxury in Lisbon Via the Dutch Connection

Luxury in Lisbon Via the Dutch Connection | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

Lisbon, according to Dennis smells of roasted chestnuts in the winter and sweet honey in the spring due to the blossoming jacaranda trees. "I've travelled all around the world and I've never known a people as friendly as the Portuguese. " 


Another characteristic of the Portuguese is their generosity in displays of affection. “They give hugs and kisses without a second’s thought and families ties remain strong even after the kids leave home” adds Patrick, who has a close relationship with his Portuguese mother even though she lives in Holland. The analysis continues to surprise: “Looking on from the outside, I see that the Portuguese, irrespective of their wealth, look for the good life. And any moment of happiness is a good excuse to celebrate with a beer”.

 

That fact that the Portuguese are not experts in British punctuality, or that pedestrians don’t keep to the right (as they do in Holland) doesn't really bother Dennis & Patrick. On the contrary. They've been infected with this relaxed attitude to life and it affords them a better quality of life. 

 

For them “Lisbon is like a village” where they feel like saying good morning to everyone. They go as far as to say that “the Portuguese capital has everything to be the best city in Europe because of its architecture, surprising cuisine and natural beauty”.


Mary H Goudie's insight:

All my tour guest that I have taken in to Patrick & Dennis SkinLife boutique fall in love with their special charming service. 

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Ready for Lisbon - Nine Packing Tips for Lazy People heading for the City

Ready for Lisbon - Nine Packing Tips for Lazy People heading for the City | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

1.Never Unpack Your Travel Items

2. Commit to a Travel Uniform

3. Keep a Basket Handy

4. Buy Wrinkle-Free Clothing

5. Drop Off Your Laundry at a Laundromat  

6. Keep Old Packing Lists 

7. Pre-Pack Your Toiletries Case 

8. Schedule a Packing Time 

9. Buy Stuff When You Arrive

Mary H Goudie's insight:

#Lisbon must packs

1. Sunglasses all year round - Lisbon is a very sunny city.

2. Comfortable, flat shoes or wedges - Lisbon's cobblestoned streets are highheel killers. 

3. Coverups for the evening- hot days but the nights can be cool.

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Lisbon in times gone by! But little Changed.

Lisbon in times gone by! But little Changed. | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
#Lisbon Rua da Misericórdia was named in 1937, to honor the Holy House of Mercy (which is at the top). Between 1910 and 1937, this was called artery Street of the World, in honor of the newspaper with the same name "O Mundo" that was based there from 1889. Further back in time, it was the wide street of São Roque, by association with the Church and convent of São Roque.
Mary H Goudie's insight:

Delightful days with only a tram in the #Lisbon streets. Revist and see how little it has changed. Further down you will get a intoxicating glimpse of Lisbon's grand river through a tunnel of terracotta roofs glimmering with the white light of the Atlantic. Further up the hill Sao Roque church sporting the richest chapel in all of Europe. 

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Longing for Lisbon

Longing for Lisbon | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it
Her curious mission: Unlock the feeling of wistfulness that haunts her — what the Portuguese call saudade.
Mary H Goudie's insight:

‪#‎Lisbon‬ Loving, falling in love with & in, missing, longing, saudade - enjoy the bitter sweet sensation. Love it leave it, come back. 

 

Saudade is a very Lisbon infection of the emotions. If you spend any length of time in this city by the sea it wafts over you, creeps up unbeknown and settles in your psyche like a double "bica" (Lisbon speak for espresso) heavily laced with sugar.

 

It's that wanting & waiting and never quite getting there. It it missing something before it has gone & wanting something that not yet is. 

 

It is the Lisbon dis-ease accompanied by guitar and voice that speaks to your soul. 

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Portuguese Flights cancelled as air traffic controllers walk out

Passengers flying to Italy and Portugal today face delays and flight cancellations due to air traffic control strikes in Europe.

Flights to Milan, Rome, Venice and Lisbon have been particularly badly affected, with many services cancelled. British Airways, Alitalia and Ryanair flights are among those worst affected.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Check for delays or cancellations on the Portuguese Airport Portal site http://www.ana.pt/en-US/Pages/Homepage.aspx ;

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Trip to Lisbon 2014 Check this out!

A great guide to Lisbon.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Where to Stay - I love the Ritz Four Seasons; 

Where to Eat - SeaMe  http://www.peixariamoderna.com  

Where to Snack - Campo de Ourique Market

Shop 'til you Drop - Principe Real area. 

Best wine store - Garrafeira Campo de Ourique https://www.facebook.com/garrafeira.campodeourique 

Best Museum - Agree with National Museum of Ancient Art but love Sao Roque too. Really there are too many fabulous museums in the city to choose just one. 

Sintra is great but don't forget Palace of Queluz great for a lunch stop http://www.pousadas.pt/historic-hotels-portugal/en/restaurants/pages/cozinha-velha.aspx 

 

Best plan is to book a custom trip to my fair city in 2014 & let me show you round, then the choice will be yours www.your-lisbon-guide.com 

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Remember Remember the First of November the day that Lisbon fell in the big earthquake 258 years ago today.

Remember Remember the First of November the day that Lisbon fell in the big earthquake 258 years ago today. | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

The Royal Palace of Lisbon after the earthquake. 258 years ago the earth shook in Lisbon. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon Earthquake, occurred in the Kingdom of Portugal on Saturday, 1 November 1755, the holiday of All Saints' Day, at around 09:40 local time. In combination with subsequent fires and a tsunami, the earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas. Seismologists today estimate the Lisbon earthquake had a magnitude in the range 9.0 on the moment magnitude scale, with its epicentre in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 km (120 mi) west-southwest of Cape St. Vincent. Estimates place the death toll in Lisbon alone between 10,000 and 100,000 people, making it one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. Eighty-five percent of Lisbon's buildings were destroyed, including famous palaces and libraries, as well as most examples of Portugal's distinctive 16th-century Manueline architecture. Several buildings that had suffered little earthquake damage were destroyed by the subsequent fire. The new Opera House, opened just six months before (named the Phoenix Opera), burned to the ground. The Royal Ribeira Palace, which stood just beside the Tagus river in the modern square of Terreiro do Paço and gathered tresaures of a quarter of millenium of the Portuguese Monarchy, was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. The crown jewels, 70,000-volume royal library as well as hundreds of works of art, including paintings by Titian, Rubens, and Correggio, were lost. The royal archives disappeared together with detailed historical records of explorations by Vasco da Gama and other early navigators. The earthquake also damaged major churches in Lisbon, namely the Lisbon Cathedral, the Basilicas of São Paulo, Santa Catarina, São Vicente de Fora, and the Misericórdia Church. The Royal Hospital of All Saints (the largest public hospital at the time) in the Rossio square was consumed by fire and hundreds of patients burned to death. The tomb of national hero Nuno Álvares Pereira was also lost. Visitors to Lisbon may still walk the ruins of the Carmo Convent, which were preserved to remind Lisboners of the destruction The earthquake accentuated political tensions in the Kingdom of Portugal and profoundly disrupted the country's colonial ambitions. The event was widely discussed and dwelt upon by European Enlightenment philosophers, and inspired major developments in theodicy and in the philosophy of the sublime. As the first earthquake studied scientifically for its effects over a large area, it led to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

If that was not the scariest day after Halloween, I don't know what could be.  

Check out this video of Lisbon before the event https://vimeo.com/17044721

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Brazil & Portugals Connection to Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara

Brazil & Portugals Connection to Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

It is part of the Norwegian Emerald Parure, a set of jewelry also including a matching necklace, earrings and brooch, and is part of the Norwegian Royal family’s crown jewels.  The emeralds most likely originated in the emerald mines of Colombia and this tiara has a very long history from Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign in the 1800′s to today.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

A couple of Empresses, a smattering of Princesses & ongoing lines of Queens.  Next  time you are with  me in the lovely Lisbon Rococo Palace of Queluz be facinated at the links these Emerald have with the place. Check out the very pretty granddaughter of Empress Josephine whos portrait hangs on the wall, herself an Empress. Diamonds are forever but these pretty green stones have a tale or two to tell. 

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How to Weekend in Lisbon: Fresh fish, a coastal retreat and one of Europe's best festivals

How to Weekend in Lisbon: Fresh fish, a coastal retreat and one of Europe's best festivals | Travel 2 Lisbon | Scoop.it

The Portuguese capital lived up to all our expectations: it’s a beautifully undulating city, built on seven hills. Rickety trams trundle up and down its steep streets – but the best way to get to know the place is to put on your walking shoes and wander.

The old Moorish district Alfama, with its warren of narrow, cobbled streets banked by peeling whitewashed houses is just the place to lose yourself for a day. It’s a little down-at-heel in parts, but in a picturesque, southern European way: weeds sprout between the cobbles and tatty washing flies like faded bunting from tiny windows. Wander idly and every so often you’ll stumble onto a miraculous ‘mirador’ or viewing point, and the city will sweep down before you to the sea.

 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Fun times start in Lisbon from June and last all through the Summer. There is always something to please, stimulate & participate in. The other West coast, this city by the sea should be on everyone's radar for weekend, a shore trip or better still even longer.

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