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Amazing Cork Creations from Portugal

Amazing Cork Creations from Portugal | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Above: Portuguese Roots chair with the original Gonçalo chair from Arcalo New brand Around The Tree reinterprets the culture and traditions in Portuguese furniture design and has roots that go back to the iconic Gonçalo chair from the 1950s. Find out more from their web site http://aroundthetree.eu/ and indulge yourself in the whole catalogue. 


Via Julie Dawn Fox
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I found myself getting lost on the cork fabric page of their web site http://aroundthetree.eu/cork_design.php You could almost frame one of these examples and hang it as a piece of art, which of course it is courtesy of Mother Nature & Portugal

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Cool cork chairs!

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COMEBACK IS REAL Even in Portugal

COMEBACK IS REAL Even in Portugal | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
COMEBACK IS REAL Even in Portugal After what many considered to be a hammer-blow against Bitcoin last week… by jcramos
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Guterres Urges U.N. to Follow Portugal’s Lead on Drugs

Guterres Urges U.N. to Follow Portugal’s Lead on Drugs | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
“I know from personal experience how an approach based on prevention and treatment can yield positive results,” Guterres said in a statement.
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"Guterres was prime minister when Portugal decriminalized possession of all illicit drugs in 2001. Sixteen years later, average rates of drug consumption there are substantially lower than in any other country in the European Union. The Cato Institute, a leading U.S. libertarian think tank, has declared the policy “a resounding success. Portugal now has one of the lowest death rates for drug use in Europe.”
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How Portugal manages to square the circle | Investigate Europe

How Portugal manages to square the circle | Investigate Europe | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Portugal used to be the former poster child of the EU crisis countries. Now it has a new left government which opposes austerity – and became a role model for European socialists. How did this happen? 

In Portugal, where this can be perceived as something new, modern, against the system. And that also must play a part in the explanation of how, suddenly, the country wakes up from the troika years and the financial crisis feeling like an “oasis of sanity”, as philosopher José Gil would put it, in an unpredictable European and American political landscape.

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Portugal a little bright political light in the midst of a sea change in world politics.
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Gateway to Indian startups in Portugal 

Gateway to Indian startups in Portugal  | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

The Portuguese Government announced the launch of the "Startup Visa" program, a measure for Indian start-ups that want to launch their companies in Portugal


Lisbon has become as competitive as London or San Francisco when it come to choose a place to start a company.


"Portugal has a long tradition of tolerance and openness to the world, something that has been recognized internationally. The capacity of interaction between people of different origins, cultures and religions is part of the DNA of Portugal António Costa," Portuguese Prime Minister

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Lisbon on that other West Coast is giving tech startup a run for their money. Keep watching this space.
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Lisbon the new “hot” Silicon Valley for Startups

Lisbon the new “hot” Silicon Valley for Startups | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

If it is true that cities such as Barcelona, Berlin and London have been raising the stakes, there is one city doing it beyond well. Lisbon considered its natural geography and the economic scenario to launch an offer hardly beatable by any other European city. This truly cosmopolitan city is served by very good technical Universities, right next to the beach, with lower office space prices than most places and a red bridge over the river. All this with an international airport 10 minutes away from city centre. 


The ecosystem:  Success stories are easy to find “left and right” and range from TalkDesk , to Hole19 and many others as you can find here. Such growth is the result of a joint effort from several institutions as well as the quality of the labour force. 


The Portuguese government streamlined bureaucracy for entrepreneurs, municipalities made space available for co-working spaces and incubators and the Portuguese ingenuity is doing the rest. 


 Supporting this growth, and playing an important part in it, we find the tech focused gatherings and events. I don’t just mean the WebSummit, which clearly and soundly helped increase Portugal’s exposure. 

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Tech is alive and well in Lisbon on the other West Coat.  
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Surf's up - 2016 Sintra Portugal Pro

Surf's up - 2016 Sintra Portugal Pro | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
In the second day of competition in Sintra, top riders like Pierre-Louis Costes and Amaury Lavernhe failed to win their first match-ups.
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Indian Summer's white Atlantic swells entices you in on a hot September day. Enjoy Portugal. 
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Portugal: Wildfires rage across Madeira Islands

Portugal: Wildfires rage across Madeira Islands | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Portuguese authorities are on high alert as a wave of wildfires sweeps across the Madeira Islands.
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Portugal Fire devastation Funchal, Island of Madeira. Images you NEVER want to see.
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Early Portuguese Photography and 19 Century Custom Studio 

Early Portuguese Photography and 19 Century Custom Studio  | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

This quaint tourist spot in Portugal is perfect for all photographers and history-lovers out there.


On the cobblestone streets of Golegã, Portugal is a historical artefact at large. The Casa-Estúdio Carlos Relvas, its name taken from its Portuguese owner and aristocrat Carlos Relvas was also a photography studio in the 19th century.


Born from a wealthy family, Relvas was highly-educated especially in the sciences and languages, but his interests were rather eclectic: he was a sportsman (loved fencing, horse-riding), farmer, politician, horse-breeder, musician and photographer.


Relvas was a proud amateur of photography, and his oeuvre varied from portraiture, landscapes to social documentary during his time. He is one of the central figures in the history of Portuguese photography.


Now, Carlos Relvas’ home and studio is now open to visitors and tourists as a historical art gallery and cultural heritage location, curating the lifework of the Portuguese aristocrat.

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Off the beaten track for avid photographers - check out the historic roots of your snapping passion and wonder at how it all started. 
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Lisbon, a city that is becoming a Streetartist's Canvas

Lisbon, a city that is becoming a Streetartist's Canvas | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Graffiti was just the beginning of an explosion of outdoor creativity in an energized city. 


These days, the street art has moved from the background to front and center as the Portuguese capital has transformed itself into an open-air museum, proudly awash in eye-catching murals, with much of the art sanctioned by the city. 


The city of Lisbon has its own public-art program, called Galeria de Arte Urbana, or Gallery of Urban Art, started in 2008. While it has no permanent gallery space, it sponsors special events and makes surfaces available to artists, including walls, buildings and even recycling bins.

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Lisbon #StreetArt Catch it while you can. "Everything you do on the street in the end could be gone. It’s all ephemeral."
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From Portugal with love. Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

From Portugal with love. Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour
26 May to 11 September 2016

This exhibition examines the spread of Christianity through the Asian continent from the 13th through the 20th century, with a special focus on the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, when significant trade and missionary activity occurred. Asian Christian art reveals remarkable cross-cultural connections because it often combines Western ideas with Asian materials and artistic techniques. As the religion spread, local artists re-interpreted well-established Christian themes.

The Asian Civilisations Museum is collaborating with museums and private collections in Portugal, France, Italy, the Philippines, and Hong Kong to bring stunning works of art to Singapore, many for the first time.
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Art inspired in Portugal and Europe - made in Asia and sent back again.
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From Lisbon with love to San Jose

From Lisbon with love to San Jose | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

A few eateries on two blocks of Alum Rock does not necessarily make an ethnic hub, but a new restaurant in Little Portugal is attempting to address the gap in San


With a clean and charming interior reminiscent of a Napa Valley restaurant, Adega boasts a menu consisting entirely of Portuguese dishes, including imported wines and desserts. The wine list covered various regions of Portugal and was extremely enticing, but they were no match for the Sangria Branca and Tinta (white and red sangrias for $7 each). The fruity yet strong drinks were very refreshing. We sipped and wet our appetites with an ornate arrangement of complimentary fresh baked bread, marinated olives, house-made hummus and softened butter. The menu is written in Portuguese with English translations, making our decisions easy. I had the monkfish and the gentleman had the duck; but first, our appetizers. Morcela com Maca Verde ($10) comes with three fried wonton raviolis, stuffed with blood sausage and green apples, on a mixed greens salad. The green apple was undetected while the blood sausage was perfectly rich and minerally. I personally prefer a pasta to a wonton wrapper, but the blood sausage is really the main point and it is done well here. The Creme de Marisco ($12) came in an intricate soup bowl served via table-side pouring. It was a very satisfying seafood bisque with lobster and raw oysters, delivering creamy texture and concentrated lobster flavor. The rice in my Arroz de Tamboril ($22) was cooked in monkfish broth and it turned out to be an enjoyable soupy consistency with bits of cilantro. However, the seared monkfish was probably not the right fish for my palate. This was my first time having monkfish filet and I found the flavor to be fishy and the texture a bit chewy. Thinking this was prepared similarly to bacalhau, which is rehydrated dried fish, I asked the waitress who confirmed that it was actually fresh fish. I will have to reserve my opinions on monkfish after more experiences. My gentleman’s Arroz de Pato ($22) was the favorite dish of the night. Fatty seared duck breast over chouriço sausage and a similarly flavored shredded duck rice made for a filling entrée. No complaints here about great duck and great flavor. Chefs David Costa and Jessica Carreira prove that it’s not their first rodeo, as the two both have experience at one-Michelin star restaurant Eleven in Lisbon. Adding to the quality of the dishes is the top-notch service and a carefully curated wine list, with an option for a wine membership. After all, Adega means “wine house” in English. And because I’m a fan of dinnerware, everything served here was in beautiful plates and bowls with unique shapes.

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Love Portuguese cooking and can't come to Lisbon, San Jose Adega restaurant  in the USA will scratch that longing for authentic good grub from Portugal.
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Portugal Suggest that Syrians Come West

Portugal Suggest that Syrians Come West | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Portugal hopes its welcome for refugees will save Europe, if they can be persuaded to come.

LISBON, Portugal — Plenty of European leaders have a problem with refugees, but António Costa’s is unusual: the Portuguese prime minister can’t get enough of them. Costa has unilaterally more than doubled the quota allocated to Portugal under a European Union program to relocate refugees languishing in Italy and Greece. The 10,000 he’s agreed to receive is a drop in the ocean compared to the over 1.3 million people who have flooded into Europe over the past 14 months. Yet the offer from small, economically challenged Portugal looks generous set against the line taken by countries shunning the EU plan, which is designed to relieve the Greeks and Italians by resettling 160,000 refugees around the 28-nation bloc. “This crisis is a threat to European values,” Costa told parliament before flying off to last week’s EU summit. “We have to be resolute in tackling it, to maintain the essential value of human dignity.”


He wants to recruit Middle Eastern farmers and forestry experts to help repopulate rural regions short on manpower. Costa’s also hoping to attract the brightest: visiting Berlin last month, he announced an offer of 2,000 university places for Syrian students.


They might be tempted by a pilot program to settle refugee families in rural central Portugal that’s receiving international attention — including from the U.N. refugee agency — as a possible model for others to follow. “They are happy here,” says Nataliya Bekh, coordinator of the project that placed 20 refugees from Syria and Sudan in the historic fortress town of Penela last November. “Their children are safe. They are learning Portuguese. Now we’re looking to find them jobs.” She says the foundation she works with is ready to receive 200 more. “I’m using my experience as an immigrant to help these people,” explains Bekh, who arrived from Ukraine in 2003. “Portugal is a very welcoming country,” she said in a telephone interview. “When we came here, people were so kind to us.” She puts that down to Portugal’s emigration experience. “We asked people why they were so kind to us, and they’d say it’s in the hope their relatives living abroad would also be treated kindly.”

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Portugal has always been a melting pot of peoples. Refreshing to see help bureaus for Syrian refugees advertised on  billboards on the street in my Lisbon neighbourhood. 
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Lisboa Dance Festival -The Rise of Portugal

Lisboa Dance Festival -The Rise of Portugal | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
There is something special about the first of anything. The excitement of the unknown, the blind dedication it takes to bring a vision to life. And it isn't until that "thing" is finally finished, that you can see the results of your hard work. Four venues inside of the LX Factory complex (situated near the 25 de Abril Bridge) and an alleyway filled with local food trucks and bleacher style seating comprised the urban festival area. From a massive warehouse space drenched in state of the art visuals and sound, to a small upstairs room where bicycles hung from the walls, there was much to discover and applaud. This included Afro-Portugese Techno from label Principe, and the consistently exciting soul laced house and techno of Motor City Drum Ensemble.
Much of the festivals success has to do with the passion of promoter Karla Campos and her staff. Campos has an undeniable passion for all kinds of music, already running two separate festivals in Portugal. Her vision for this new venture was to focus on electronic, and to spotlight local, homegrown talent. As a result, the line up was 90 percent local, with 16 different labels presenting showcases.
Though Lisbon is known as more of an indie rock city, there is a growing passion for electronic here, evident by the always packed and always strong line up at Lux Fragil. And by the end of Saturday night, as brilliant visuals engulfed the LX Factory during Sven's Väth closing set, this passion had grown to a whole new level.
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Dance your socks off in Lisbon in the South Lands of Europe.
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Rare fire devil captured on camera

Rare fire devil captured on camera | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A rarely-seen natural phenomenon which appears as a blazing tornado is spotted amid the deadly wildfires tearing through drought-stricken Portugal.
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Wow, even as we are into Autumn the fires still rage in a still very hot Portugal.
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Portugal markets jump out of junk status

Portugal markets jump out of junk status | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
The move by Standard & Poor's gives the country's stock market a lift, with the Lisbon exchange rising by 1% in early trading.
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Portugal getting out of the red and into the black so say the markets.
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Portugal’s Socialist, Communist and Green Government Works Just Fine 

Portugal’s Socialist, Communist and Green Government Works Just Fine  | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

After the election of Donald Trump in America, the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom, and the resurgence of far-right parties in Holland, France, Poland, and much of the rest of Europe, it would be easy for anyone with progressive opinions and hopes for a world of greater justice and compassion to become dispirited. Undoubtedly, tens of millions of Americans, Brits, and others have been wondering if there is any country in which left-of-center parties committed to creating a more egalitarian society have been elected and brought about meaningful political change – a place where they may have even reversed reactionary social and economic policies. 


As a matter of fact, there is one small country at the western edge of Europe where exactly that has taken place, but most mainstream newspapers and television stations have been keeping it a secret. Over the past fourteen months, a quiet revolution has taken place in Portugal, where three left-of-center parties have come together to form a coalition that has brought an end to the socially devastating, neo-Conservative austerity program put in place by the previous center-right government under the auspices of the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund (the so-called Troika). Among other policy changes they have rapidly instituted are the extension of adoption to gay couples; medically assisted reproduction for single women and lesbian couples (whether married or not); a freeze on school textbook prices; an end to the privatization of state enterprises; a hike in the minimum wage; increases in state salaries to make up for the cuts legislated by the previous government; a lowering of the sales tax for restaurants; and a renewed focus on public education, health care, and scientific research.



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The yes we can and do of the Portuguese coalition government. 
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Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Portuguese festive food Bacalhau, a salted codfish, is Portugal’s most popular fish. On Christmas eve, which is the main celebration in Portugal, eaten with boiled potatoes, fried onions, eggs and olives. On Christmas day, ‘Peru’ or turkey is normally the main dish and Christmas cake in Portugal comes in the form of ‘Bolo Rei’


Celebration days In Portugal, Christmas eve (the 24th) is the main day of celebration. The whole family gets together to eat food, drink port wine, and laugh into the early hours of the morning. Christmas day (the 25th) is a day of rest, with another big family meal, but this time with meat instead of fish. By the 26th, it’s back to business-as-usual – Boxing Day, which is celebrated in the UK and other parts of Europe, does not exist in Portugal!

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Christmas greeting from Lisbon.
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Lisbon's unique Storefronts.

Lisbon's unique Storefronts. | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

‘Lisbon re-tale’ carries us through the Portuguese capital to encounter 30 historical shops, their often ornately decorated façades and their passionate business owners. Lisbon re-tale’ conveys the vibrant essence and energy of the city, highlighting its historic architecture and commercial spaces. Young designers, barbers, and restaurateurs standing outside their store’s doors, proudly presenting goods to locals and foreigners alike. ‘light seems to shine from the people who work in them: welcoming, smiling men and women who love their land and its history,’

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Shopping in Lisbon is much more that just taking a trip to the Mall!
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Lisbon street art scene the best in Europe

Lisbon street art scene the best in Europe | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

The Lisbon street art scene – one of the greatest examples of the urban art culture in Europe. 


Street art has totally changed the image of the city, creating one of the biggest underground scenes in Europe.


You can find inspiring artworks of national and international urban art artists. Individuals or group of artists concentrate their work on different themes – from culture and history of Lisbon – e.g. the Fado music – to common topics related to poetry, literature, sport, politics and others.


See them on the wall just outside the airport building, in the subway, on street corners or crowded squares. In shop windows, on random walls, facades of old buildings, fences and poles. Some of them are large and majestic, others small and subtle (e.g. a collection of mini portraits of residents printed on the buildings in the Mouraria neighbourhood) – but the majority of them are truly remarkable.

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Lisbon street art flourishes on every corner and wall of the city. The underground in your face Portuguese art scene.
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Major Forest Fire in Portugal's Madeira Islands Burns Homes

Major Forest Fire in Portugal's Madeira Islands Burns Homes | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Major Forest Fire in Portugal's Madeira Islands Burns Homes


Some of the worst-hit areas were in northern Portugal, where temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in recent days. 


The region's pine and eucalyptus forests are tinder-dry after a long spell without significant rain. In the area around Viseu, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of the capital Lisbon, a wildfire forced the closure of a major highway. In nearby Agueda, roads were closed and power lines were cut by wildfires. 

 

In Lisbon, Tuesday was hazy with a smell of smoke caused by wildfires in the surrounding region.

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A haze covered Lisbon caused by smoke blown from forest fires north of the Capital was a wake-up call yesterday!
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Life's a Beach The Lisbon Guide

Life's a Beach The Lisbon Guide | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
If you’re planning a summer holiday, why choose between city or beach? Come to sunny Lisbon and have both!
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Get some sand between your toes and take a dip in the sea here in Lisbon on the other west coast . This city has it all.
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Portugal powers up for 4 days with only renewable energy.

Portugal powers up for 4 days with only renewable energy. | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Last week, Portugal hit a major milestone in its ongoing effort to move to renewable energy. The entire country ran for more than half a week without having to resort to fossil fuels. 


In the late ’80s, Portugal brought a massive new coal-burning power plant online in Sines, and less than two decades later it was called out by the WWF as being one of the largest producers of CO2 emissions in all of Europe. It ranked 13 on the 2007 “Dirty 30” list.


 Now, however, the tables are turning. For four whole days, Portugal produced enough clean, sustainable electricity to meet the needs of its people. That’s thanks to a big push toward solar, wind, and hydro power and a little nudge from the EU — which issued a directive stating that member nations need to produce at least 31% from renewable sources. According to reports, Portugal’s green run lasted from 6:45 AM Saturday, May 7 until 5:45 PM the following Wednesday. That totaled 107 straight hours during which the country didn’t have to look to coal or natural gas to pick up the slack.

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Wow Portugal ditches the dirty energy for four days straight and goes on the clean renewable power.
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Tourist's selfie attempt destroys century old statue of Portuguese King.

Tourist's selfie attempt destroys century old statue of Portuguese King. | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A young man attempting to take a selfie accidentally knocked over a 128-year-old statue, leaving it shattered in the street.

The 24-year-old had climbed up next to the statue of Dom Sebastiao on the Rossio train station facade in Lisbon, Portugal, to get the perfect picture.

But once standing next the statue, he inadvertently toppled the free-standing sculpture off its pedestal.
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Oops - where is the super glue? Portuguese King take a tumble.
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Get your Shopping on in Lisbon

Get your Shopping on in Lisbon | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Portugal is quite a bit cheaper than France and Italy when it comes to shopping and living costs. Its also a lot smaller. I wanted to share with you 5 unique stores which are the perfect place to pick up a choice item to remind you of your time in Portugal
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Unique things to buy on your next trip to my city of Lisbon. Take away a souvenir and a memory of Portugal's capital.
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The Lie of Portugal’s Colonial Past by White Journalist

The Lie of Portugal’s Colonial Past by White Journalist | Lisbon Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Throughout my life, I have been told that we, the Portuguese, were the explorers who discovered the world. We were not occupiers. We did not oppress Africans. 


We were not like the British or the French. We were good colonizers, who mixed with the local African people. Apparently we were not racists then, and we’re not racists now. I can remember being taught this narrative as a child at school. Four decades later, Portuguese children are still being taught this distorted, idyllic narrative.Raised to believe that Portugal was a “good colonizer” of Africa, this Portuguese journalist set out on a journey to explore the racism that existed throughout colonial history and remains today. 


In Angola, people watch Portuguese soccer and drink water, sodas, beer and wine all imported from Portugal. Many of the restaurants in the capital, Luanda, have mainly Portuguese dishes on their menus, and televisions are permanently tuned in to Portuguese networks. Portugal and Angola have strong economic ties: After China, Portugal is the second-largest importer, and there are dozens of Angolan investors in the Portuguese market, including the president’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, who does business in finance and communication services.


Portugal, however, had a different approach in each of its five African colonies. For instance, Portuguese people were actively encouraged to migrate to Angola. In Guinea-Bissau, Portuguese people were mainly present in public services. Thus it was called a “colony of exploration.” In Cape Verde, the West African archipelago that operated as an important slave market, there was a different policy. It did not exercise the so-called indigenous law, which segregated African and European populations. Cape Verdeans were used by the colonizer as an extension of its power in other colonies. In Guinea-Bissau, for example, many Cape Verdeans held senior positions in public services like the post office.

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Sugar coating Portugal's treatment African colonies & the real story exposed.
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