sexta-feira, 26 de fevereiro de 2010

Portuguese China Vista Alegre at Blokker's stores

Great news!

Portuguese China Vista Alegre at Blokker's stores!!

From Coisas Minhas

Vista Alegre is a very important china brand in Portugal. The factory was established in 19th century by Jose Ferreira Pinto Basto.

He began by acquiring, in 1812, the ‘Quinta da Ermida’ (Chapel Estate), near the town of Ílhavo on the edge of the Aveiro estuary.
Shortly afterwards he also bought the surrounding lands which included the Vista Alegre Estate, with a Palace, a Chapel and various buildings around a large square, having ordered the construction of the factory.

The warrant that authorized the functioning of the Vista Alegre Factory was granted in 1824 by D. João VI, giving as benefit “all the favours, privileges and independence that are enjoyed or will be enjoyed in the future, by the National Factories”, and having the founder associating to the factory his fifteen children, becoming the company entitled “Ferreira Pinto & Filhos”.
Just five years later Vista Alegre received the title of Royal Factory, in recognition of its art and industrial success.

If you visit Vista Alegre site (there is an english version), you will see many and beautiful table sets options... Classic, Casual, Contemporary and Premium.

The best, of course, is a Vista Alegre Tour and visiting the factory, the museum, the palace and the chappel ;-)

Nearby, is the beautiful city of Aveiro... with water canals, by the way...:-) where you can enjoy a very special boat trip...
Enjoy, if you go to Portugal this summer!

Have a nice week-end! ;-)

quarta-feira, 3 de fevereiro de 2010

Lisboa e Fado por Tessa de Loo

We have been travelling around in the south of Portugal according to the words of Tessa de Loo and my photos of the places that she visited: Evora, Monsaraz, Tavira and Sintra.

Today we go to Lisbon, Portugal's capital, the city where I lived, studied and worked before I came to the Nederlands.


Tessa de Loo begins her story about Lisbon with the well known earthquake of 1755. If you want to know more about it, please click here.

"In 1755 werd Lissabon voor tachtig procent verwoest door een aardbeving, die gevolgd werd door een Tsunami: eerst trok de zee zich terug en keken de mensen op de kade geboeid naar de talloze scheepswrakken die nu bloot lagen, totdat tien minuten later huizenhoge golven zich over hen en de stad stortten."

(Tessa de Loo, Mijn Portugal)

About this beautiful city, let me point out some special places...

Castelo de Sao Jorge, Saint George Castle

From Portugal

" a Portuguese castle that occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and the broad Tagus River (Rio Tejo) beyond. The strongly-fortified citadel, which, in its present configuration, dates from medieval times, is located atop the highest hill in the historic center of the city. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic sites of Lisbon."

(From Wikipedia)

Rio Tejo/Tagus River e Praca do Comercio

From Portugal

" the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula. It measures 1,038 kilometers in length, 716 km of which are in Spain, 47 km as border between Portugal and Spain and the remaining 275 km in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic at Lisbon."

(From Wikipedia)

" The Praça do Comércio (...) English: Commerce Square) is located in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Situated near the Tagus river, the square is still commonly known as Terreiro do Paço (...) ( English: Palace Square), because it was the location of the Paços da Ribeira (Royal Ribeira Palace) until it was destroyed by the great 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. After the earthquake, the square was completely remodelled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, ordered by the Marquis of Pombal."

(From Wikipedia)

Ponte 25 de Abril/ 25 de Abril Bridge (the view from the Castle)

From Portugal

" The 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril "25th of April Bridge" (...) is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tejo river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999. Because of its similar coloring, it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. In fact, it was built by the same company (American Bridge Company) that constructed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and not the Golden Gate, also explaining its similarity in design. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 20th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Until 1974, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge."

(From Wikipedia)

Torre de Belem (janela)/ Torre de Belem window (Manuelino style)

From Portugal

" Belém Tower (in Portuguese Torre de Belém (...) is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon, Portugal, and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery)[2] because it represents the Portuguese maritime discoveries during the era of the Age of Discoveries.[3] The tower was commissioned by King John II[4] to be both part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.[3]
The tower was built in the early sixteenth century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style,[5] but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.[6] The structure was built from lioz limestone[7] and is composed of a bastion and the 30 meter (100 foot),[1] four story tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.[6][8"

(From Wikipedia)

Have you ever heard about Manuelino Style?

" The Manueline, or Portuguese late Gothic is the sumptuous, composite Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation of the first decades of the 16th century, incorporating maritime elements and representations of the discoveries brought from the voyages of Vasco da Gama and Pedro Álvares Cabral.
This innovative style synthesizes aspects of Late Gothic architecture with influences of Spanish Plateresque style, downtown Italian, and Flemish elements. It marks the transition from Late Gothic to Renaissance. The construction of churches and monasteries in Manueline was largely financed by proceeds of the lucrative spice trade with Africa and India."

(From Wikipedia)

Tessa de Loo also refers Manuelino Style...

" Dankzij de koloniale rijkdommen uit het verleden is er een elegante, eigen architectuur ontstaan – een Portugese variant van de Barok en later van Art Deco. Tot in de uithoeken het land vind je paleizen, kerken, kathedralen en landhuizen in deze typisch Portugese stijl, maar ook pittoreske steden en dorpen, nogal eens in een staat van verval die weemoed oproept naar vervlogen tijden… geen onprettig gevoel eigenlijk, als je er op een zonnig terras met een glas vinho verde in de hand over kunt mijmeren." well as Fado, the typical portuguese music and song, unique in the world.

" Zo is het ook met de fado. Hoewel door sommige fadistos tot een kunst verheven, is de fado vooral de muziek van het volk gebleven. Overal in het land vind je plaatselijke bekendheden en als je in een restaurant zit kan het zomaar gebeuren dat iemand opstaat (de kruidenier of apotheker van het stadje) om, de handen plechtig gekruist op de buik, een fado ten gehore te brengen."

Have you already heard a Fado from Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Cristina Branco or Dulce Pontes?

As we say in Portugal: "Silencio! Vai-se cantar o Fado!" or " Silence! Fado will be sung!"

Carlos do Carmo, Lisboa Menina e Moca

Carlos do Carmo, Os Putos

Carlos do Carmo, Um Homem na Cidade

(to be continued)

terça-feira, 2 de fevereiro de 2010

Faleceu Rosinha Lobato de Faria

Hoje faleceu Rosa Lobato Faria.

Quem me quiser

Quem me quiser há-de saber as conchas
a cantiga dos búzios e do mar.
Quem me quiser há-de saber as ondas
e a verde tentação de naufragar.

Quem me quiser há-de saber as fontes,
a laranjeira em flor, a cor do feno,
a saudade lilás que há nos poentes,
o cheiro de maçãs que há no inverno.

Quem me quiser há-de saber a chuva
que põe colares de pérolas nos ombros
há-de saber os beijos e as uvas
há-de saber as asas e os pombos.

Quem me quiser há-de saber os medos
que passam nos abismos infinitos
a nudez clamorosa dos meus dedos
o salmo penitente dos meus gritos.

Quem me quiser há-de saber a espuma
em que sou turbilhão, subitamente
- Ou então não saber coisa nenhuma
e embalar-me ao peito, simplesmente.

Em entrevista a Herman Jose...a vida desta poetisa... por si propria...:-)

Um beijinho a Rosinha :-) Divertia-me imenso com ela no Humor de Perdicao...

Ah! e gosto muito desta cancao!

Sara Tavares, Chamar a Musica (letra de Rosinha Lobato de Faria)