29 January 2013

The Old & the New

LISBON: I am always taken by the creative spirit of Lisbon, which never let me down. On the one hand I find the shop A Vida Portuguesa, conceived by journalist Catarina Portas, who opened its doors in 2007 in a former soap factory on a little hidden back street in the trendy quarter, Chiado. The store celebrates the Portuguese identity with old-style Portuguese products that are still manufactured today. I found unique items like soaps, teas, toothpaste, bolts of fabric and handmade cake forms, Portuguese-crafted pieces which are wrapped in beautiful retro packages when purchased.

On the other hand I go for my morning run on the top roof of the newly, contemporary renovated Four Seasons Hotel Ritz, Lisbon which has the most modern spa and the best Indian therapist coming straight from Bombay for the signature Indian massages. Both venues show the innovative spirit of people living in an old town and who are always looking for new ideas.

A Vida Portuguesa, Rua Anchieta 11, 1200-023 Lisboa, Portugal

Four Seasons Hotel, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 1099-039 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 213 811 400

The beautiful façade of A Vida Portuguesa, a former soap factory, nicely wrapped soap packs, morning run at the Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon, inside the shop, traditional graphic designed sardine packages, buy your presents at A Vida Portuguesa and you will receive a lovely package for your friends back home, the stunning view from the Ritz roof top, walk for hours along Lisbon and get lost in time.

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