March 30, 2009

Residencial Princesa Lisbon

The Residencial Princesa Hotel on Rua Gomes Freira is a low-budget accommodation option not far from the center of Lisbon.

Residencial Princesa Lisbon

The Residencial Princesa is something of a mixed bag: helpful staff, a clean and pleasant breakfast area and certainly cheap. On the downside the rooms have seen better days, the doors may not fully open, the fire escape door might not have a key (climb out the window) and you could, if very unlucky, be sharing your 4th floor corridor with noisy, nay downright demented, Italian students.

Residencial Princesa Lisbon

Still there's wireless internet - intermittent at best - you are right on the #790 bus route to Rossio and Cais do Sodre and only 10 minutes walk from Anjos subway station.

Not a place to bring the wife and kids but more than adequate for cheap digs in Lisbon.

Residencial Princesa
130 Rua Gomes Freire
1150-180
Lisbon

Tel: 21 319 30 70

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March 29, 2009

Hotel Dom Fernando Evora

The Hotel Dom Fernando located just to the south of the city walls of Evora is an excellent place to enjoy this historic city's many charms.

Hotel Dom Fernando Evora

Friendly staff, spacious, fully-equipped rooms arranged around a central swimming pool with a patio to enjoy the evenings. The bar and spacious lounge are ideal for relaxing. Recommended.

Hotel Dom Fernando
Avenida Dr. Barahona #2
7000-756
Evora

Tel: 266 737 990

In the words of the Abba song:

There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando

March 28, 2009

Lisbon Graffiti

Much of downtown Lisbon is daubed in graffiti, especially the nightlife and bar area of Bairro Alto.

Lisbon Graffiti

More upscale areas such as Belem or Marques de Pombal escape fairly unscathed but Rossio, Alfama, Graca and Cais do Sodre are pretty much covered by the tag artist with his aerosol.

Lisbon Graffiti

Street art or a bloody mess, we'd like to hear your comments.

Lisbon Graffiti

There is an interesting discussion of Lisbon's graffiti here.



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March 11, 2009

Pousada Santa Luzia Elvas

The 25-room Pousada Santa Luzia in the historic town of Elvas is a delightful place to stay.

Pousada Santa Luzia Elvas

Opened in 1942, this pousada has an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

Pousada Santa Luzia Elvas
Tel: 268 637 470

Pousada Santa Luzia Elvas