March 7, 2010

Lisbon Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Lisbon.

The Lisbon Holiday Inn is ideally located for a visit to Lisbon. Only 2 km north of downtown Lisbon, it is walking distance from no less than four subway stations: Saldanha, Campo Pequeno, Areeiro, Alameda. You can also walk westwards to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – with its exquisite, world class collection of art from around the world - and in even less time to the nearby Campo Pequeno Bullfighting Arena, just a little northwards.

The Holiday Inn is located on a roundabout on Av. António José de Almeida, named after the sixth President of Portugal from 1919 until 1923, and whose imposing memorial statue stands in front of the hotel.

The Lisbon Holiday Inn is a good, solid standard bearer for the Holiday Inn hotel chain, with friendly, efficient, full English-speaking service, comfortable and spacious rooms, a (very) small gym, and a pool. Perhaps the best feature of all is the sumptuous breakfast buffet for only 5 Euros extra.

As a place to enjoy Portuguese hospitality in a modern, comfortable internationally standard hotel – but still small enough for that warm, charming personal touch, the Lisbon Holiday Inn is well recommended for the tourist to Lisbon.

Make a booking at the Lisbon Holiday Inn

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March 5, 2010

Amália Rodrigues - Queen of Fado

This picture was taken in Lisbon's Pena district where, in 1920, Amália da Piedade Rodrigues, who was to become one of Portugal’s most beloved fado singers and actresses.

Such was Rodrigues’ success that she was known as the Queen of Fado (Rainha do Fado) and during her 40 years on the fado stage she was able to popularize the genre internationally. This she did by breaking fado out of its traditional mold and rewriting the rules according to her own unforgettable way of singing. One way she did this was via an encounter with the composer Frederico Valério, who helped her put her singing to an orchestral accompaniment – a first in fado singing.

In spite of fado being a quintessentially Portuguese form, she found a partner throughout the 1960's in the French composer Alain Oulman, who wrote most of her songs - many of which deviated from the typical fado sound.

By the 1980's, Rodrigues had established herself as a living legend, and continued recording right through the decade. She died in 1999 - on a day that was declared a day of national mourning. She is buried in the National Pantheon in Lisbon.

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